Please Stop Spraying Air Freshener Before House Showings

You're rushing to get your home ready for a 2 p.m showing, working feverishly to make sure that everything is perfect.  And then, it hits you: your house might smell.  You're not entirely sure, but just in case, you decide you need to do something about it.  So, out of an abundance of caution, you reach for the spray can.  It's Hawaiian Breeze, made by your friends at Glade.

I know why you did it, but I wish you hadn't.  It smells.  Trust me, it really does.  And it's not going to help make that 2 p.m. showing go any better.  I've been through thousands of houses with home buyers, and can say with great confidence that there is nothing appealing about a house that smells like a spray can.  Or a plug in, for that matter.  Neither work, and both make your prospective home buyer wonder what is being covered up- and why you've chosen to cover it up with something that smells so noxiously artificial. 

​​​​​​​While by no means the list, here are a few solutions that are vastly superior to aerosols and plub-ins:

1. Windows- Open them.  Fresh air is your friend.

2. Oil Diffusers- Subtle, but gets the job done.

3. Baking Soda- Great for desperate carpet.

4. Roasted Garlic- Sweet people prefer cookies.  I'm a savory guy.

5. Work- Don't try and just cover up the smell... find out what the issue is, and address it.

Obviously, every home is different- and every "smell challenge" comes with its own unique set of circumstances.  If you're considering selling your home, make sure that you're working with someone who a. is honest enough to tell you that your home does, indeed, smell and b. has a solutions centered mindset to help you address the underlying issues.  Feel free to contact us directly to set up your initial home selling consultation!



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