What’s That Smell?

Homeowners may be totally unaware that their home has an unpleasant odor. It can be unrecognizable to them but immediately apparent to visitors on entering the home. smell - 300.jpg

Candles, aerosol spray or even chocolate chip cookies can’t get rid of the smell. To eliminate the odor, the source of the smell first has to be removed and then, the affected areas can be treated.

Cigarette smoke is particularly offensive to people. It is very common for buyers to refuse to even consider looking at a home where smoking is allowed. This odor permeates the air in a home and soaks into carpets, furniture, drapes, clothing and even the building materials like drywall and cabinets. The lingering after-effects of strong cooking odors, especially those from the heavy use of spices or the frequent frying of foods with strong odors, such as fish, are also olfactory offenders to reckon with.

Pets may be considered part of the family, but pet odors can be as big a problem as smoke when the animals are not adequately house-broken. Urine isn’t just absorbed by the carpet but also the padding and in some cases, the sub-flooring. Sometimes, walls and floors have to be treated and sealed before painting and new floor covering can be installed.

If a friend doesn’t want to hurt your feelings about the jeans you’re wearing, you can bet the ranch that they won’t tell you about the odors in your home. You’ll need to rely on your closest friends to tell you the truth or maybe your mother-in-law. Or possibly, your Realtor.

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