PROPERTY NEWS - When purchasing a property where the previous owners have either smoked or kept pets indoors, buyers need not be concerned about how the home smells.
There are several ways to remove any lingering odours left by the previous homeowners and their pets that do not need to break the budget.
"When viewing a property, my advice to buyers is to remember that most odours are removable unless the scent is coming from outside of the home from sources such as a nearby water treatment plant or industrial area," explains Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, Adrian Goslett.
To help buyers freshen up the property, RE/MAX of Southern Africa shares a few tips on how to make a house smell like new:
Smells tend to absorb into the walls. The easiest way to freshen up a space is to repaint the interior rooms of the home. Not only will this remove any yellowing from the tobacco or any scuff marks from pets, but it can also give the rooms an updated look and feel.
If the previous owner smoked in every room of the house or kept pet items in the built-ins, then homeowners should give all cupboards and drawers a thorough wipe down with dishwashing liquid and warm water.
Bleach can be used on tough stains, and a quick wipe with some furniture polish can prevent future stains. For lingering smells, leave a small dish of vanilla essence in the cupboard to draw out the odour.
In clothing or laundry cabinets, scented soaps or laundry sheets can also do the trick.
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