Odors are a huge turnoff for potential homebuyers and can be difficult to remove. The truth is that most homes have some sort of smell to them. Most often, the people who live there don’t even notice.
This is especially true of pet odors. Owners become accustomed to their pet’s smell, such as from litter boxes for cats or from shedding. Visitors, however, are going to notice these odors, especially if the home is not properly cleaned.
Pet owners should use a carpet deodorizer when vacuuming—one that is designed to remove animal smells. Check your furniture for odors as well. If you smell your pet, wash the cushion covers or use a deodorizing product if they aren’t machine washable. If the pet smell is very prominent, consider having the carpets and furniture professionally cleaned. Cat owners should clean out the litter box daily and should wash it with water and liquid soap regularly.
Non-pet owners aren’t off the hook odor-wise. Many things can make a home smell, but there are four easy steps to take to cut down on strong odors.
And if the weather permits, open up the windows. Even if it’s just for a short amount of time, it’s the simplest way to clear out odors!