Read almost any real estate-related magazine or blog and it’s highly likely that you’ll stumble upon an article regarding the odors and smells that can be found in a home. And how important it is to remove them from your home while it’s for sale.
It’s generally accepted that all scents … potporri, deodorizers, pet smells, tobacco, foods and spices, etc. … should be eliminated from a home during its sale and showings. Fresh and clean is always best.
Why? Odors, scents, and smells can prevent some potential Buyers from viewing your home. If sensitive to smells, Buyers can be driven from a home quickly or actually be kept from even entering a home. Simply … smells can trigger all sorts of reactions, both physical and mental. So it’s best to avoid them.
But if you’re presently hoping to buy a home, have you considered the outdoor smells and air-quality of a potential home purchase? Nearby factories, restaurants, farms, heavily-traveled roads … a host of things at and surrounding a property can also produce “smells”.
Having grown-up in a more rural town, I can tell you … smells and odors coming can travel long distances. Giving consideration to what types of properties and businesses also surround your potential home purchase is just wise.
I’d recommend driving the neighborhoods and surrounding areas of a home you’re considering for purchase a few different times. And at differing times of the day.
Give special consideration to those times that you would typically be at home, might be outside, or opening your windows. Do some investigative work.
Take deep breaths. Do you smell anything? From which direction is the smell coming? It is something that smells good or bad to you? Could you live with it on a daily or frequent basis?
Beyond the types of properties mentioned above that can be odor producing … stop and think about other odor-producing activities and elements. What are the local municipality’s laws, rules, and regulations governing them?
Also: If a property you’re considering is located near the border of a municipality, find out if the the connecting municipality allow activities that yours does not? Think about burning of leaves and property refuse. Nearby businesses. More.
Currently, a very popular feature for homes is outdoor living areas. Those areas can contain firepits, chiminaria, or fireplaces. Will the smells (and smoke) coming from those on your property or nearby property be or become an issue for you?
The reality is: Smells are everywhere. They travel long distances. They can be good and they can be bad.
And remember: There’s much more to contemplate then the physical construction of a home … or its visual appeal. If you’re hoping to buy, take the time to recognize ALL the features of a home. Inside and out.
Stop, recognize, and consider what you’ll be breathing in and smelling at any given property too. Then you’ll be able to make an informed and educated decision regarding buying that property …
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