Stinky Homes & Sellers Who Won’t Leave the House

Stinky Homes & Sellers Who Won’t Leave the House

“Smell is so powerful, you know. My grannies would both bake things like shortbreads and cookies. I think whenever I smell those kinds of things it really takes me back to my childhood.” – Curtis Stone 

Have you ever viewed a home that was listed for sale and tried to figure out what the odd aroma emanating from the property was?  By the end of the tour, you have convinced yourself that the seller just might be a serial killer or a secret hoarder who has rotting food tucked away for the next zombie apocalypse.  A smelly home can be one of the first things that buyers notice and can immediately turn someone off making an offer.  People who have pets such as cats or dogs may not even notice that Muffy might be the cause of an odor.  On the flip side, if you enter a home and notice an abundance of air fresheners plugged into every outlet, this may also cause a buyer to RUN, not walk away from a property. I always tell clients that too many air fresheners can be a bit of a red flag as it is usually a sign that the owners are trying to hide a particular smell.  Natural scents are the most appealing to buyers.  Having fresh cinnamon rolls or freshly baked cookies can really create an inviting and pleasing first impression for buyers.

Sellers who want to be present for ALL showings.  Life happens and sometimes you simply cannot leave the home to accommodate a showing, and this is understandable.  However, when a seller prefers to be in the home and greet each potential buyer, this can often jeopardize a sale.  Sellers like this are likely to be overly talkative and share details about the home that the buyer may not want to hear or can make them feel uncomfortable.  This can disrupt the flow of the showing and the buyer can start thinking about the next home that they are going to look at.  Overall, it really is best if the buyer can look at the home with their agent and then contact the listing agent with any questions.

Sellers who choose not to use a home stager.  Earlier this year, there was a home listed for sale in a very desirable neighborhood in Nanaimo.  It was a busy time in the market, and yet this home languished on the market and remained unsold while others on the street sold within days.  What was the difference between this home and others in the area?  I kid you not.  There must have been 10-20 crucifixes in each and every room as well as other religious icons throughout.  There were even crucifixes in the bathrooms!  In this case, the home was in desperate need of de-cluttering and staging to make it appeal to more buyers.  Even the most religious of clients I have would have felt that the home was intimidating and a bit creepy.

Buying or selling a home is often the biggest investment you will make in your life.  It is worth spending the few hundred dollars to ensure that you know exactly what you are buying, where you are buying and the actual condition of the home.

Our McCullough Team is dedicated to helping our client move…in the right direction!  Let our team with over 45+ years of combined experience share our expertise with you so that whether you are selling or buying, you get a top negotiator working on your behalf who is dedicated to ensuring that those details are looked after each time.  Give us a call today at 250-751-1223.

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