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Martha C Tar…, Real Estate Pro in Las Vegas, NV

Any ideas on how to make a vacant house to smell good?

Asked by Martha C Tarazona, Las Vegas, NV Wed Apr 17, 2013

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Ive heard that passing gas can make buyers feel at home . The natural aroma reminds them of something they are familiar with . So feel free to let a few rip ...
2 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 17, 2013
Bake some fresh pastries just before an open house. The Vinigar solution is very good for just to eliminate an odor
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 23, 2013
Washing the floors and walls with pure vinegar will always help get rid of odors. If you don't like the scent of the vinegar, be sure that it will dissipate shortly after you use it.

1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 18, 2013
Thank you :)
Flag Thu Apr 18, 2013
Lots of great answers below - but it really depends on what is causing the smell.

In Las Vegas, you should be able to have your windows open quite a bit. Not an option here in Chicago unfortunately. Fresh air will be your biggest ally in mitigating a smell. As stated below, have your ducts cleaned out also. Some owners have never done this, and god only knows how much dander, dust, and other stuff has built up over the years. The air circulating through the systems of the home is basically spreading that stuff back around your home constantly.

Re-painting will help quite a bit also. I would prime all the walls with a product like "Kilz" interior paint, which will essentially seal all stains and odor into the drywall - before painting. As Mary stated wisely - paint the ceilings. Yes it's a pain - but it will do wonders for how it looks and the effectiveness of removing odors.

Steam cleaning the carpeting will also help freshen up the home and remove odors.

If there are pet odors - the carpeting and/or hardwood may need to be replaced, especially if the cause of the odor is urine. If it's gotten underneath the flooring, then a simple cleaning isn't going to do the trick.

Candles/air fresheners definitely "help", but in my opinion - they only "mask" the odor, instead of addressing the root cause.

Hope this helps! Good luck!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 18, 2013
This will depend on how much money and work you want to put into the house and what kind of smells are in the house. On a tight budget and the smell is dog/cat in carpet, there are some deodorizers that can be found in Walmart that will neutralize the smell. Check the pet care aisle and you are looking for something with natural enzymes.
ALso on a budget placing small containers of vinegar discreetly around the house will absorb odors. These have to be refilled every few days as they evaporate.
A good cleaning works wonders. Open all doors and windows while cleaning.
If the budget allows obviously replacing the carpet and drapes would work wonders.
Replacing A/C filters at the low end of the budget and at the higher end having the ducts cleaned can help.
The best remedy I have found for getting rid of odors in a house is a coat of primer on the walls and ceiling. The ceiling is the key. Most people do not repaint the ceilings. Over the years, as heat rises the odors get trapped in the pores of the drywall on the ceiling. If the ceiling is stained from cigarette smoke that is the only way to remove unpleasant/ stale smells. The primer will trap the smells. A fresh coat of ceiling paint will also brighten up the place and give it new life.
good luck
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 18, 2013
Thank you !! Very helpful :)
Flag Thu Apr 18, 2013
1. Air out the property. Open all windows.
2. Have an A/C company clean all the A/C ducts.
3. Clean interior i.e. if non-carpet use liquids to mop.
4. Carpets professionally vacuum, rent equipment to shampoo or use Fabreze products to temporatily irradicate order.
5. Get a time and plug a good i.e. Eucalptus air freshner. (the timer will save you money i.e. set timer to activate 10:00 am and shut down at 6:00pm).
6. If a tragedy occurred consider hiring a professional before steps 1 thru 5.

Take care and good luck!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 17, 2013
Thank you !! great answer :)
Flag Thu Apr 18, 2013
Ozone treatment and or replacement of odor trapping materials.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 17, 2013
Oh I will look into tha.Thank you!
Flag Thu Apr 18, 2013
Get the air freshners that plug into the light switch and give out a continuous stream of nice fragrances into the room. The ones with cinnamon or vanilla are the nicest, I think.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 17, 2013
will do !! Thank you :)
Flag Thu Apr 18, 2013
Here ya go! Also note that carpets hold a good amount of smell. If it is really bad, you may want to consider changing the carpets.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 17, 2013
Thank you !! :)
Flag Wed Apr 17, 2013
Vinegar is an awsome tool! I use it frequently and often - kills odors on contact, smells clean and leaves surfaces super shiny!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 18, 2013
Thank you :)
Flag Thu Apr 18, 2013
Martha, If you are trying to show a vacant house to a client, I would recommend purchasing some yankee candle co candles or febreeze air effects spray with the scent of Gain, works every time for me! Specially if I have to do a showing, i will light them about 30 minutes before and will spray the febreeze throughout the whole house including the bathrooms. Makes the house smell like fresh laundry and not too perfumy.

Good Luck!

0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 18, 2013
Thank you Alex ! Good idea
Flag Thu Apr 18, 2013
Thank you Alex ! Good idea
Flag Thu Apr 18, 2013
Air is the number one way to rid a property of odors. Open all the doors and windows and try to get a strong cross breeze going for a few hours or most of the day. I'm not a fan of scented or flavored smells personally. If the home is thoroughly cleaned with special attention paid to kitchens and bathrooms you should be able to get rid of most lingering odors.
The only exception would be a home with a long time smoker.Something like that will need to have all the interior walls and ceilings scrubbed,carpets replaced and the entire place repainted.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 18, 2013
Thank you :)
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