Eliminate Stinky Smells Before You Sell
By www-thehavasuhome-com July 31, 2019

You spent a lot of your time tackling big issues around your house as well as staging it. I mean, you even went so far as to make sure the closets looked their best (because buyers want to see the storage potential of your real estate in Lake Havasu). But don’t focus on just one of a buyer’s senses (their sense of sight). Pay attention to their sense of smell, too. Eliminate stinky smells before you place your property on the Havasu real estate market. Otherwise, your chance at a sweet deal could turn sour very quickly.

Eliminate Stinky Smells Before You Sell


First of all, eliminate stinky smells in the kitchen by scrub, scrub, scrubbing. This includes inside the stove and microwave (yes, I said inside). Also, clean out your refrigerator. Buyers like to investigate everything about your real estate in Lake Havasu. That means opening up cabinets, drawers, closets, and refrigerators. So, clear out any old food (leftovers, expired items). Wipe down the shelves and clean out the drawers. Put a partially open box of baking soda inside to help absorb any lingering bad smells. Add a nice lemon-scented diffuser for an invitingly clean, fresh smell in the kitchen. And empty the trash every day and again before a showing. If your trash can still stinks after getting rid of the trash, wash down the inside with warm water and soap. Then, sprinkle a bit of baking soda in the bottom.


With many other homes for sale on the Havasu real estate market, you want yours to stand out with potential buyers. Make sure that happens in a positive way when you eliminate stinky smells in the bathroom. Again, scrub every surface thoroughly. Using a scented cleaning product like Pine Sol or Fabuloso leaves behind a hint of lavendar of lemon instead of a chemical smell. Wipe down the floors and baseboards as well. Just like in the kitchen, empty the trash on a daily basis. Use scented trash can liners to help ward off any lingering stinky smells. If you have any hotel or scented decorative soap, now’s the time to display them prominently in a pretty dish on the countertop.

Living Room

Another place where stinky smells like to stick around is in the upholstery, curtains, and carpet. Therefore, banish these odors from your real estate in Lake Havasu by paying attention to these areas. Sprinkle baking soda or a carpet freshener on your carpeted areas. Let it sit for a half an hour before you vacuum it up. Take down your curtains and wash them in hot water. Deep clean your upholstery. If you don’t own a carpet shampooer, rent one from your local home improvement or grocery store.


Buyers want to see your closet space. Don’t let stinky smells push them back. Tuck dryer sheets inside shoes and in the bottom of dresser drawers. Spray your pillows, blankets, and bedding with a fabric refresher (like Febreeze). Seek out products with neutral smells (like “fresh linen”) instead of flowery or musky smells. You want everything to smell clean in your real estate in Lake Havasu…not like you stepped into a rose garden that may kick up someone’s allergies.

Pet/Cigarette Odors

Finally, let’s talk about the most serious offenders for stinky smells: pets and cigarettes. Even if you never smoke inside your house, you track that smoke smell inside with you on your clothes, hair, and skin. It transfers onto whatever surface you touch. With pets, you get used to their smells as a regular part of your life. So, before you put your property on the Havasu real estate market, get rid of as much of that smell as possible. Empty litter boxes every single day and right before a showing. Pick up your pup’s “leftovers” in the yard every single day. Make vacuuming a regular thing. Sweep up dog and cat hair on your wood or tile floors.

But the best trick I could give you to eliminate stinky smells caused by your furry friends or cigarettes is to get yourself some Gonzo odor-eliminating volcanic rocks from the home improvement store. Set them out in the sun for a while to activate them. Then, place them in small, decorative containers around your house. They will soak up all odors, including the nice-smelling ones you may be using. So stick to the areas where these stinky smells are the most prevalent.

When you’re ready to put your home on the Havasu real estate marketcontact me.

Alexis Steel – 928-303-2199
Keller Williams Arizona Living Realty
Search homes at:  www.TheHavasuHome.com 

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