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A Fresh Carpet Smell Can Make or Break a Sale


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Do you remember going to your great grandmother’s house as a child, and it smelled like mothballs? I hated that smell, and I bet you did, too. While mothballs have a functional purpose, they don’t have a functional smell. A house with a funky smell is a deal buster.

So, what should a QC home owner do about the odor coming from years of pet ownership? There are a few different options. The most expensive, but a great home seller, is to lay new padding and carpet. If you just put new carpet on top of foul smelling padding, your house will still stink. Plus, you just ruined hundreds of dollars in new carpet.  Padding is expensive, so get one that is within in your budget and not top of the line.

If you can’t afford new carpet, rent a carpet shampooer. These can be found at most local rental business; I have even seen them that Davenport, Bettendorf, Rock Island, and Moline Hy-Vees. For under $100, your carpets could be looking new and smelling fresh.

If you have a few extra dollars before a showing by some scented carpet powder and sprinkle it on the floor, (I would not suggest this for dark solid colors like green). Let the powder sit for 15 minutes and vacuum. Your house will smell like a fresh bed of flowers on a warm spring day. This could be what sells your QCFSBO home.

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