Does Your Villa Pass The “Smell Test” ?

When potential buyers come to look at your Orihuela Costa villa, they’re not only LOOKING, but they’re also SNIFFING, either consciously or unconsciously. When we live in a villa, we tend to get used to the way it smells and don’t always notice when something is a little…stinky. But any obnoxious odors will be immediately apparent to a first-time visitor. So before you show your villa, take a sniff or two, and then take these steps to de-odorize.

1. Pets. Dirty litter boxes and old “accident” stains are the obvious culprits here. Keep kitty’s litter box scrupulously clean at all times, and consider having any rugs or carpets professionally cleaned by someone who is experienced with pet stains. Don’t forget that many people are allergic to cats, so make sure your furniture and carpet or rugs are vacuumed frequently. If possible, think about keeping your cat or other pets confined to a certain area of the villa while your villa is listed for sale. If you’re thinking of getting a cat or other pet, wait until AFTER you’ve moved.

2. Cooking. We’ve all been told that we should eat more fish, but until your villa sells, eat that fish at a restaurant. Strong odors from cooking fish hang around and permeate the villa. Cabbage, onions and garlic are notorious offenders, too. Throwing a few lemon slices in some boiling water or putting a sliced lemon on the kitchen worktop can help clear the air. And remember to take out your kitchen rubbish as often as possible. Be careful as certain local governments stipulate when you should deposit your household waste in the communal “wheelie bins”, so you could be liable for a fine it you get caught disposing of waste at other times.

3. Cigarettes. Smoking easily drops the value of a villa by 30% or more. Smoke gets into the drywall, carpets, furniture, and curtains or blinds, and it is very difficult to remove. If you or a family member smokes, stop smoking inside the villa as soon as you decide to sell. Paint the interior, and either shampoo the rugs or replace them. If weather permits, keep the windows open to help air out the villa.

Follow the above steps, and your villa will not only LOOK good, it will SMELL good. A fresh-smelling, odor-free villa is much more appealing than a stinky one, and much more likely to sell at the price you want.