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I recall, several years ago looking for a very high-end home for one of my clients.  I arranged several viewings, and we are talking homes ranging from $850,000 up to $1,000,000. This was a large, executive and stately home, about 5,000 square feet. It was situated on a very large lot, backing onto a ravine.. and had great curb appeal. Three car garage !!

However, upon entering the front door, we were immediately struck with the strong, pungent odour of curry.  It permeates everything and gets into the paint, draperies carpeting and furniture.

Needless to say we didn`t stay around too long.. we didn’t even view the entire home. In fact, we didn’t’ go any further than the foyer, and we were out the door where we could once again breathe fresh air.

On another occasion I was showing another rather high-end home… and my clients and I walked into the front door and were immediately hit with a strong fish odour.  It was very strong, and wafted throughout the house.  In fact, when we walked into the kitchen there were the leftovers sitting on a plate on the kitchen counter!

Agents, we need to educate our clients on how to prepare your home for a showing.  If you are preparing a meal where there may be lingering odours, please open the windows, and light some candles…. OR refrain from cooking the meal until after the viewing.

Please put the toilet seat down… and for heaven`s sake please flush !

People, it only takes a minute to make your bed, and remove dirty clothes from the floor.  It’s only a few more steps to the laundry hamper!

Remember, the first impression a perspective Buyer has when entering your home, is the one he/she will leave with, and it only takes 6 seconds to formulate that impression!

Make it a lasting GREAT impression!

Another ‘no-no’ are those very strong plug-in deodorizers. they can almost be as bad as the strong cooking odours.  If you insist on using them, use a light fragrance that doesn`t overpower. Some people are allergic to strong perfume and floral fragrances.

I know that having your home for sale can be stressful, and we don`t expect that it can be spotless at all times, especially with young children, but a little common courtesy and common sense should prevail.

Agents if you know this could be an issue when listing the home…. please have that all important talk with your clients.

Remember, the first impression a perspective Buyer has when entering your home, is the one he/she will leave with, and it only takes 6 seconds to formulate that impression!

Make it a lasting GREAT impression!

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