I’m sure many of you are now looking to sell your house yourself. During the current economic climate, times are hard and you need every penny you can get! By selling your house yourself, you should save a considerable amount of money on agent’s fees. However, what if your property has been languishing on the market for months. You have had plenty of potential buyers visit, but not even a sniff of a sale!
I’m trying to find a diplomatic way to say this, but i can’t…Do you smell?
Although there are hundreds of different things you can do to improve of your property’s saleability, many of which I have written about in previous articles – within this article i wish to concentrate on those nasty little whiffs that may be sending your buyers packing!
The problem, you see, is we become accustomed to our own surroundings. I’m not name calling here, but over time your home may pick up little smells that you may not even notice, but will drive a prospective buyer straight out of your house. So what should you do?
Do you have pets? As a pet owner you will definitely become used to the smells around your home. For example you have a dog as a pet, believe me as a non-dog owner, I know the smell can be extremely off-putting! You should look to remove excess hairs from furniture and thoroughly shampoo your carpets. You may think, “Why should I, it’s my house”, but this attitude is what is stopping you from selling your house yourself. You really need to remove your identity from the property and not make your buyers feel as though they are invading your privacy.
Another often forgotten nasty odour… the kitchen trash/bin. Think about the vast array of different pungent food that goes into that bin on a daily basis. Usually it’s removed from your kitchen once or twice a week, but that is long enough to leave a lingering smell. When you are looking to sell your home, get into the habit of emptying the trash everyday.
I guess it should go without saying, but make sure that you thoroughly clean, bleach and wipe down the toilet everyday. No matter what you think, prospective buyers will judge you!
Often i have been told to do some cooking when visitors are coming. By baking cookies or bread on the day that buyers come, your home will be filled with a lovely aroma. Another great smell is freshly made coffee. These aromas provide a very welcoming feeling.
You should always ask a trusted neighbour to come and check your home for unwanted odours. We grow accustomed to our natural smells, so a fresh set of nostrils from someone who is not going to offend you, can help you to discover how to sell your house yourself!