Home sellers will have a difficult time attracting buyers if their homes smell unpleasant, warn Realtors — who name cigarette smoke, pet odors, disinfectants, insecticides, fried foods, and musty odors as the biggest turn offs. They suggest that sellers ensure the oven is clean and put some bread in it before showings and open houses. Scented candles should be tested beforehand. With bathrooms and other small spaces, a single reed diffuser in a natural scent is appropriate. Smoking should not be allowed inside while the home is on the market. Sellers also should remove furniture with pet stains, avoid scented floor cleaners, clean their microwaves, and put an open box of baking soda in the refrigerator to absorb odors. Among other tips, they should place dryer sheets on a closet shelf to freshen up the space, open windows if the weather is pleasant, and have a friend perform a walk-through and take note of any odors. | Read More