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Remove Odors From Your Home

by Frank L. Pento 07/14/2019

One of the quickest ways to lose a sale is to ignore odors in your home. Of course, you don't always smell them, so it's best if you have someone else come in with, ahem, a fresh nose, to point out issues. But, what if you’re the one that bought the house … you assumed the odors would leave with the sellers, but on they linger, long after you’ve moved in.

First things first

Start by removing the cause of smells. Of course, if it’s your spouse, that might not work, but old furniture, pet beds, trash cans and the like should go. Some smells are part of you or your family’s lifestyle. These include certain foods and spices, pet odors and smoke.

If you're a smoker, know that your home smells like stale nicotine, so unless you're ready to give up smoking to sell your home, you might need to move out first.

When you’re ready to get rid of the odors, try these methods:

  • Pet odor—long-term pet owners can’t always smell their furry friends, but as long as there is pet hair, a litterbox, or pet urine and feces left over from puppy training, there are odors. Vacuum up as much hair as possible. You may have to vacuum in the ductwork too since pet hair tends to get sucked up into the HVAC system. Use a baking-soda based cleaner on the carpets and any upholstery in the house.
  • Nicotine and smoke—long-term smoking can leave stains on the walls, so first, consider washing those walls. You'll need a heavy-duty cleaner, such as trisodium phosphate or an organic cleaner to clean the walls, woodwork and cabinet faces.
  • If odor persists, you may need to have a professional carpet cleaner that specializes in odor removal come in. Or, consider removing the carpet if it is older and needs replacing anyway.
  • Dry-clean upholstery and drapes. Wash windows and blinds too.
  • Clean the ducts yourself or hire a service to do it for you. Otherwise, you risk bringing back odors when the season changes and you go from heat to air conditioning or vice versa.

Use some tried and true remedies:

- vinegar (white for windows and fixtures)

- apple cider for smells in the drain or garbage disposal

- a cut up lemon to run through the disposal

- baking soda for the refrigerator and near where smells originate

- coffee grounds in bowls around the living areas to absorb smells

- or use commercial odor neutralizers in a neutral fragrance.

If you’re selling your home, ask your agent to give you an honest assessment of how your home’s odors might affect a sale.

About the Author
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Frank L. Pento

"Your Success Is My Top Priority"

A lifelong resident of Monmouth County with deep roots in the area, Frank’s real estate business continues to grow in the Monmouth, southern Middlesex and northern Ocean County real estate markets. With over 16 years of experience, he has earned a level of accomplishment that places him in the Top 1% of all roughly 8,000 licensed real estate agents in the Monmouth/Ocean area. As part of his business expansion plan Frank and his team have joined with Re/Max, a brand that has sold more homes than any other brand in the USA. Frank’s most important attribute is to first listen to what his clients’ goals and needs are. Then he combines his wealth of experience with a mature business savvy, high personal integrity, and keen negotiating expertise to craft a customized plan that will ensure that his clients succeed.

Constantly seeking to perfect his home marketing system for his listing clients, Frank has integrated a vast array of Re/Max, LTD tools as well as other specialized vendor solutions which includes an intense Social Media Marketing Plan. This enabled him to customize an overall home marketing system which has helped him achieve over $140 million in successful closed transactions. By leveraging his time-tested program, Frank sells homes in all price ranges, from $100,000 to $10 million, something most local agents and agencies cannot do well.

As a former successful Engineer and Real Estate investor, and having managed many property renovation projects, Frank brings a practical real-world experience to assist his clients in making well-informed decisions. He has a proven track record as both a highly successful listing agent and credentialed buyer’s agent. In fact, his clients find Frank’s depth of knowledge to be most refreshing and reassuring, as he is able to take much of the stress out of the often complicated process of buying or selling a home.

The local association for Realtors, the Monmouth Ocean Regional Realtors has selected Frank among his peers to serve as a member of the Professional Standards Committee, a body which serves to uphold the association’s high standards of integrity and professionalism in the industry. Frank has also furthered his real estate education and earned the prestigious designation of Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR). This means that when Frank and his team work with buyers, they have the expertise and training to help ensure buyers make sound thoughtful purchasing decisions, and most importantly, without overpaying. Frank and his team place a high value on establishing life-long relationships within their community by being trusted resources and advisors long after the deal closes. Give Frank a call and let him show you exactly what he means when he says…."YOUR SUCCESS IS MY TOP PRIORITY"

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Licensed Assistant | +1 (347) 886-3059 | [email protected]

Amy was born and raised in Staten Island, NY and now lives with her husband and three children in the Oak Hill section of Middletown. She has over 11 years of experience in real estate, both as an Executive Assistant and as a Licensed Agent. As the daughter of a home improvement contractor, Amy has comprehensive knowledge of home building and construction. Her primary responsibilities within “The Pento Real Estate Group” involve marketing, administration, scheduling and transaction management while directly reporting to Frank. Amy is proficient in Social media, and greatly contributes to keeping the Pento machine working flawlessly and efficiently for our clients.

Amy is courteous and respectful of her colleagues and clients and, as our tag line states, always makes sure the success of our clients is her top priority. She understands how real estate is a “round the clock” job. As a licensed agent, Amy is available to backup members of the group if necessary, which creates even greater advantages for our clients.