Homes that haven’t been lived in for a while can develop a musty, stale odor that home buyers can find unpleasant. While this may not stop a home from selling, unpleasant odors can reduce the sale price or make the home harder to sell. Fortunately, there are many ways to air out a house and make it smell more appealing to home buyers.
Carpeting and upholstery can absorb odors over time, so, while you can deep clean and shampoo your carpeting, removing carpeting in the home can quickly cut back on odors. Some homes will have hardwood floor boards under the carpet, which makes removing the carpet a relatively easy task. In homes where the carpet covers a sub-floor, new carpeting or flooring must be installed.