Lynn's Real Estate Report

I always preview homes that are on the market before showing my buyers. Most good real estate agents learn the hard way to take this precaution because not all homes that are listed for sale present well to buyers. Now, I know that selling a home that is lived in is quite a different story from selling a model home but there are a few tricks of the trade that every seller needs to know. Following these tips will truly make your home seem more attractive and more appealing to prospective buyers.


It is easy to get used to your own catís box or the dogís food but prospective buyers will not be used to these odors and most will find them offensive, even if they have pets of their own. Objectionable odors will turn buyers off 9 times out of 10 and this is true before the buyers see the whole house. The human brain automatically connects a home with offensive odors with negative memories and feelings.


In addition to pets, cooking, smoking, mold and carpets and drapes that have not been cleaned in ages present prospective buyers with reasons NOT to buy your home. Many real estate agents will sprinkle a few drops of vanilla on a baking sheet and turn the oven on low for a half-hour or so before showing a property or holding open house.
A thorough cleaning will help dissipate stale odors that cling to carpeting, upholstered furniture and drapes. Many people use home air filters these days to combat allergies and these filters are also useful in getting rid of some odors


Musty smells result from area of microbiological growth known as mold or mildew. The odor comes from gasses being emitted from these microorganisms. There are five conditions that contribute to microbiological growth:

1. An organic food source such as drywall, wood, paper and natural fibers.

2. Wet materials or environments where the relative humidity exceeds 60 %

3. Wet or humid areas where the temperature ranges between 68-86 degrees F

4. Areas of little or no air or movement

5. Dimly lit or dark conditions
Because mold and mildew are such hot issues and may even cause health problems, it may be wise to hire a professional to discover the source and treat it. Mold and mildew are not items that you will want to mask or hide but must be dealt with by the seller.