Sellers – try to avoid pungent odors (unless you’ve baked chocolate chip cookies – I love cookies) – smells matter.
Hey, Jim Duncan with Nest Realty and RealCentralVA.com here.
I’ve been showing a lot of houses in Charlottesville recently and one thing I’ve noticed is that a lot of houses stink. I don’t mean their condition or the quality of construction, I mean their houses stink. The “dog” house, the “smoke” house, the “moldy” house, the “Renuzit air freshener in every room” house.
When I’m working with buyers we tend to name houses; the cold house, the dark house, the stinky house. It’s not something you want. So you know what? Think about this: you can’t fake clean. It just can’t be done. So if you’re going to put your house on the market, clean it.
Get rid of the dog if you can. Stop smoking for goodness sakes.
You probably could afford to stay in the house if you quit smoking. Think about what the buyers’ impression is going to be.
When they’re looking at 15 houses, how are they going to name your house? Do you want it to be the clean house with lots of light or do you want it to be the stinky house with the dog in the basement? Just a thought. You’ve got to be competitive in this market.
Give me a call or an e-mail: (434) 242-7140 or Jim@realcentralva.com or instant message – JimDuncanCville.