The way a home smells can quickly deter a buyer from thinking favorably about purchasing your home.

Touring a prospective house is an overall four senses experience: sight, sound, touch and yes- the smell.

Bad Smell = Won’t Sell!!

But not all brokers will point out that a house smells bad – even if they’re willing to offer other helpful suggestions – because they don’t want to risk their relationship with the sellers.

I believe in the brutal truth, so here are some insider tips:

The two most commonly offensive odors are cigarettes and pet smells.

Pet Scents

You may want to board your pet elsewhere for a while and purify the house before opening it for viewing. If a buyer is allergic to cats or dogs, the minute they walk in a pick up on the stench, they’ll turn around and walk back out. I’ve seen it happen dozens of times.

Cat urine has the tendency to seep into carpet fibers, carpet padding, concrete and wood floors, upholstery fabrics, and furniture cushions and pillows. So it’s worthwhile to get the carpets changed or professionally cleaned before placing your home on the market to increase your chances of selling quickly.


Cigarette smoke can cling to furnishings, drapes and other window coverings and work its way inside walls. Smoke can be an extremely offensive odor for non smokers. Try getting an ozone generator, hydroxyl generator or air scrubber to effectively absorb the odor.

Watch Egypt Sherrod tonight hosting HGTV’s “Property Virgins,” starting at 8 p.m. .


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