October 1, 2022


When smells linger in our homes, we become nose blind. When it comes time to get your home ready to sell, a deep clean is in order. Removing pet odors and ridding homes of damp, musty smells can be extremely challenging. While some odors and stains are simple to deal with ourselves, there are times when we need more help.


Airing out your home is an essential first step. Open up windows and doors and allow your home to air out. Wash all fabrics where odors tend to accumulate in your home, including pet bedding, blankets, and curtains. Scrub all hard surfaces to help remove mold, mildew, pet oils, dander, and pet hair. Be sure to keep humidity levels in your home. Once you have aired out your home, consider running your air conditioner or a dehumidifier until your home’s humidity level is no higher than 50%.

Consider renting an ozone machine to help neutralize odors and other dangerous particles. Quickly eliminate lingering smells with a fresh coat of primer and paint with a few drops of essential oils.

Lingering smells or mold could prevent a home sale for many people that might otherwise love your home.


For homes with deep-seated stains and odors, DIY methods might not be practical. Consider hiring professional carpet and HVAC specialists to steam and sanitize your home. Sometimes cleaning is not enough. If pets have been living in your home or you have previously had water damage, consider replacing your carpet. While replacing carpets or subfloors can be expensive, persistent odors could cause you to lose out on a premium sale price for your home.


If you are thinking about selling your home and simply can’t take on a substantial cleaning project due to costs, it’s important to be clear with your agent and buyers. The expert Realtors of Poole Realty can negotiate a winning solution for you. Give us a call today, and we can connect you with the professionals you need to get your home ready to put on the market.

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