Selling Smart

The Nose Knows: Keeping Down Unpleasant Scents Of All Types


Remember that when your home is for sale, it’s on full display to an array of people. Some of these people may have sensitivities to chemicals, including various scents. In your quest to rid your home of offensive smells such as pet odors, cigarette smoke, fresh paint and the like, remember that artificial scents from candles, potpourri, air fresheners, cleaners and such can be irritating to some.

Moderation is the best course. Yes, you want to eliminate the offensive smells, but don’t just cover them up with new scents. Instead, work to clean away the smells—wash fixtures and walls to get rid of smoke residue and smells, replace carpeting and repaint walls, and move pets out during the time your home is on the market.

Be sensitive to others’ sensitivities. Even if you aren’t trying to eliminate certain smells, consider whether your home is overrun by artificial scents that could turn off a buyer. Too many candles, too many air fresheners, and too many other scented products can be just as overwhelming.

Replace some of your scented products with their “scent-free” versions. While your home is for sale, seek out dish soaps, laundry detergents, hand soaps, kitchen garbage bags, laundry softeners and dryer sheets in scent-free versions to cut down on that artificial scent overload. Consider using some natural cleaners, too.

Bring in a friend with a good nose. If you’re not sure if your home smells too much, invite over friends who you know will be honest with you. They’ll share exactly what they smell, and you can work to alleviate the problem scents.

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