How To Keep Bad Odors From Ruining Your Home Sale

Once you’re ready to sell your home, you want to be sure that your home is smelling fresh. There’s a few sneaky odors that can creep into your home for various reasons. The consequences of horrible smells when you’re selling your home are really not good. Read on to prevent funky odors from turning off buyers from your home. 

Food That’s Past Fresh

Whether your garbage disposal is a bit clogged and could use a cleaning or your fridge hasn’t been purged in awhile, these things could be causing a stink. Make sure you stay on top of leftovers and take care of anything that may be in the refrigerator for too long. 

Clean your garbage disposal often. It’s simple to make a “volcano” by throwing some baking soda down there and then pouring vinegar over it, allowing everything in the disposal to bubble up. You can even put a lemon or lemon juice in the disposal in order keep a good smell going.

That Wet Dog Smell

Any kind of animal will leave some sort of odor in your home. Whether you have a dog, a hamster, birds, or cats, you’re going to need to freshen up your space. Keep the litter box changed and add some baking soda for a bit of freshness. Make sure to remove any stains on your carpets or floors as well. If a piece of furniture or a carpet is to blame for the strong odors, you may need to remove that piece from your home completely to get the stench out. 

Your Air Conditioning Smells Bad

Since water can build up inside of your air conditioning unit, sometimes, a bit of maintenance is necessary. AC units must be cleaned regularly in order to keep strange smells away. 

Something Smells Musty

A musty smell usually spells a water leak. Whether it’s in your basement or under your sink, you need to correct leaks in order to get to the root cause of musty smells.

Clean A Carpet With Vodka

You can put some cheap vodka in a spray bottle in order to clean a carpet. This technique can be used for more troublesome areas of the rug. As the alcohol evaporates, so won’t the odors that are filling your home. 

The Air In Your Home Is Stagnant

When the air in your home smells kind of stale, you’ll need to get the air circulation back in the house again. This can be easily remedied just by opening the windows. Even if it’s cold outside, it’s good to get the air circulating in your house again. This simple action effectively changes the air in your home without any fancy chemicals or techniques.

Open house on 2/17/2018 at 48 Village Rd Paxton, MA 01612


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Welcome to Highland Village……tucked into a neighborhood setting…close to the center of Paxton…This charming area is an adult condo association of attached Ranch style units. This unit is one of the original homes that has been beautifully maintained and ready to move right in! Gleaming hardwood floors, open concept with cathedral ceiling welcomes you to the living..dining and kitchen area. Gas fireplace….gas range….kitchen island ..granite counters. Two bedrooms..two baths.,,,Laundry on main level. Full basement (unfinished for you storage …workshop …project areas) One car attached garage. Central Air. Excellent opportunity to call “home”

Why You Should Go To Open Houses If You’re Not Ready To Buy

When everything is online, it’s hard to discern when getting up, leaving the house, and checking out a home can be helpful. There’s so much information regarding real estate online; you probably want to pick and choose when and where you go to see a home. Even if you’re nowhere near being able to buy a home, you may want to check out open houses to help you in the future.

Looking at real estate is fun. You can dream of living in a neighborhood on the street you may never be able to afford. There are many advantages to checking out open houses. 

You’ll Understand How Far Your Dollar Will Stretch

The type of home that you can afford, and the type of home you want may not be in the same ballpark. If you take a look at different open houses, you may be able to see where your budget takes you. Even if the market changes, you’ll be able to match your expectations with your wallet. As you know what’s out there, you’ll be able to hone in on what you want in a home. 

From here, it will be easier to work with a real estate agent because you’ll be able to give them a better idea of what you want when the time does come to buy a home. 

It Will Be Easier To Hire An Agent

As you go to open houses, you’ll meet more real estate agents. These agents can become potential hires once you do get more serious about buying.

You’ll See The Market Firsthand

Besides understanding how much house you can get for your dollar, you’ll be able to get an idea of how many buyers are actually out there. If you’re seeing many other potential buyers at open houses, you may be facing quite a bit of competition when you head out to buy a home of your own. When the competition is high, you’re looking at offering above asking price for houses. You could even get into bidding wars. A lot of other buyers doesn’t mean you should back out of buying a home altogether, but just enter the market with caution. 

You Can Discover New Areas

By exploring open houses, you may find a neighborhood that you love that wasn’t on your list before. How can you get to know an area if you have never spent time there before? 

You’ll Learn Where You Need To Compromise

By looking at different houses, you can see the potential (or lack thereof) in many homes. If you can see where you’d be willing to compromise long before the home search is on, your search will be that much smoother   

How An Agent Determines The Value Of Your Home

Ever wondered what the market value of your home is? Or what the market value would look like for your dream home? If you’ve done a quick Google search you’ve probably come across at least a handful of websites offering tools to help you determine the value you on your own. But the numbers these tools put out should always be taken with a grain of salt. Calculating a home’s value is a complex calculation taking more than just hard data into account. And that’s where your real estate agent comes in with the information you need to know that an online tool couldn’t possibly obtain.

The first thing you should know is that the market value is not a number set in stone. It’s also not a number that is reached from purely quantitative data. This is because market value is what buyers are willing to pay for a home and there are so many qualitative factors that go into this decision. Factors a computer can’t find or determine on its own and that usually require someone local who has extensive knowledge of the area.

Someone like a real estate agent! An agent is well versed in selling homes in the area and connections to the community. Agents also have access to a database that stores information from all the local home sales to use as a jumping off point when calculating the home value.

So this isn’t a hard and fast rule that necessarily goes by the book. While homes that have sold with similar features as yours are part of the equation they aren’t the whole picture.  So yes, the number of bed and baths in your home, amenities, recent updates, the overall condition of the home, location, and age of the house will all be carefully considered this is just a piece of the bigger picture.

Factors such as current market conditions,  how many other houses are on the market, and the various reasons why nearby homes have sold are a few factors that can make an impact on your home value. Afterall, you don’t want to underprice your home based off of other homes that have sold at a lower price point to attract buyers fast or overprice for your neighborhood based on what you feel your home is worth.

Lenders want to ensure the home is selling at or above the market value so getting the price right will ensure a smoother buying process for potential buyers. However, if a property is on the market for longer than 30 days, which happens often to those that are overpriced, buyers start to wonder why. They may avoid your home as a possibility. In this scenario, sellers often have to significantly drop pricing, often below market price, to attract potential buyers.

Real estate agents are truly the best source for all of this information. They can perform what is called a competitive market analysis (or CMA). We have access to resources third-party websites and DIY-appraising just can’t access.