Smart Moves for Seniors

An Open Resource and Meetingplace for Seniors Thinking About Moving On With Their Lives and provided by Lois Patton, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson and Certified Buyer Representative with Albany Realty Group, Albany, New York. Also visit us at or call 518-459-4564.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

For awhile when houses were shown at "open houses" realtors would encourage sellers to bake bread or light candles to give buyers an appealing sensual experience that hopefully would linger and entice offers. Then, for awhile this trend faded and agents would occasionally just drop some spices into a pan of boiling water to do the same. Regardless, our sense of smell goes "right to the gut" when it comes to buyers considering/previewing your home.

You may not realize it, but your house may have a particularly strong odor that may be unappealing to prospective buyers. The strong smell of smoke which has built up over the years can curtail interest nearly immediately when a buyer who is sensitive walks through your door. Likewise, the smell of pets, whether cats or dogs, can immediately discourage interest in buyers. Before we look or hear what the advantages and benefits of a house are, we sensually experience it through our sense of smell.

Give it some thought. You might want to buy some charcoal to put around the house to absorb odors, or try some of those Wallflowers sold at Bed, Bath and Beyond for a more uplifting, fragrant touch.

We'd be glad to come and give you our sense of your house's advantages and potential disadvantages (and smells!). Give us a call!

Have a great day!


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