A Wasilla Real Estate News reader who works in the Environmental Health Field has contributed the following article.? We look forward to adding ?a “Healthy Home” category on this site soon.
For many home sellers and real estate agents who believe the TV commercials that
claim chemical sprays “sanitize” the air, plug-ins “freshen” the air and Fragrance
emitting devices actually clean the air, well…this may not be music to your ears.
The savvy, health conscious home buyer has added chemical fragrances to their list
of what they don’t want to smell when they are looking to buy a home. These chemical
fragrances are now listed right next to mold, cigarette smoke odor and animal urine
by many home buyers.
Home buyers today are more educated than ever. Even inexperienced first time home
buyers understand that chemical fragrances do not clean the air, they contaminate it
with toxic chemicals and more often than not these chemical fragrances make people
Home buyers have kids with asthma and allergies. They, themselves, might suffer from
migraines, respiratory illness, cancer or fragrance sensitivity. Home buyers know
that clean should not have a smell, not of disinfectant or chemical emitted
So, while the location, square footage and price of your home might be perfect for
your would be buyer, the smell of your home just might be the deciding factor on why
an offer was not written up.
What does your house smell like?
Once plug in style fragrance emitting devices are used in a home, the oil /
fragrance permeates the wallboard as well as flooring. Similar goes for the
fragranced dryer sheets in the laundry room. These chemical odors then circulate in
the air vent heating and cooling system and will never come out, no matter what you
With the growing population of people suffering with fragrance sensitivity, Asthma,
respiratory conditions, various cancers and allergies, house hunting can often prove
to be quite a challenge.
If you are seriously in the market to sell your home, increase your odds of getting
top dollar and more offers by discontinuing the use of fragranced products. Open
your windows and let the fresh air in. Clean with non-fragranced products. Your
house will then be marketable to all potential buyers… even those with health
After all, you do want your home to take a buyers breath away… but not literally