I recall, several years ago looking for a very high end home for one of my clients. I arranged several viewings, and we are talking
homes priced close to $1,000,000. This was a large, executive and stately home, about 5,000 square feet. It was situated on a
very large lot, backing onto a ravine.. and had great curb appeal. Three car garage !!
PUNGENT COOKING ODOURS
However, upon entering the front door, we were immediately
met with the strong, pungent odour of curry. It permeates
everything and gets into the paint, draperies, carpeting
The odour was so strong we could not stay in the home very
long, only a few minutes to see the main level. We didn’t even
view the entire home, and we were out the door where we
could once again breath fresh air.
On another occasion I was showing another rather high
end home… and my clients and I walked into the front door and were immediately hit with a strong fish odour. It
was very strong, and wafted throughout the house. In fact, when we walked into the kitchen there were the leftovers
sitting on a plate on the kitchen counter!
PREPARE YOUR HOME
Agents, we need to educate our clients on how to prepare your home for a showing. If you are preparing a meal
where there may be lingering odours, please open the windows, and light some candles…. OR refrain from cooking
the meal until after the viewing.
Please put the toilet seat down… and for heaven's sake please flush !
People, it only takes a minute to make your bed, and remove dirty clothes from the floor. Its only a few more steps
to the laundry hamper!
Another ‘no-no’ are those very strong plug in deodorizers. they can be almost as bad as the strong cooking odours.
If you insist on using them, use a light fragrance that doesn’t overpower. Some people are allergic to strong perfume
and floral fragrances.
I know that having your home for sale can be stressful, and we don't expect that it can be spotless at all times,
especially with young children, but a little common courtesy and common sense should prevail.
Agents if you know this could be an issue when listing the home…. please have that all important talk with your clients.
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