Prescott, AZ (PRWEB) May 24, 2006
Long-time Prescott realtor Kathleen Yamauchi has a new article on her web site, http://www.kathleeny.com, about enhancing the “nose appeal” of your home before you sell.
“Does Your House Pass the Smell Test?” has tips on ways to prepare a house before listing in order to enhance the overall impression a potential buyer gets when walking through the door. Below are three steps to start de-odorizing:
1. Pets. Dirty litter boxes and old “accident” stains are the obvious culprits here. Keep Kitty’s litter box scrupulously clean at all times, and consider having your carpet professionally cleaned by someone who is experienced with pet stains. Don’t forget that many people are allergic to cats, so make sure your furniture and carpet are vacuumed frequently. If possible, think about keeping your cat or other pets confined to a certain area of the house while your house is listed. If you’re thinking of getting a cat or other pet, wait until AFTER you’ve moved.
2. Cooking. We’ve all been told that we should eat more fish, but until your house sells, eat that fish at a restaurant. Strong odors from cooking fish hang around and permeate the house. Cabbage, onions and garlic are notorious offenders, too. Throwing a few lemon slices in some boiling water or running lemon peel through the garbage disposal can help clear the air. And remember to take out your kitchen garbage as often as possible.
3. Cigarettes. Smoking easily drops the value of a house by 30% or more. Smoke gets into the drywall, carpets, furniture, and drapes, and it is very difficult to remove. If you or a family member smokes, stop smoking inside the house as soon as you decide to sell. Paint the interior, and either shampoo the rugs or replace them. If weather permits, keep the windows open to help air out the house.
“I had one client, a smoker, who was unable to get rid of the smell even after she stopped smoking inside the house” said Yamauchi. “The house sold for a fraction of what it was worth.”
Along with the article, the web site contains other resources to help people looking to buy or sell their properties.
For more information, contact Kathleen Yamauchi at http://www.kathleeny.com