3 Smells You’ll Miss on a Video Tour (But That Could Cause You Serious Issues if You Make an Offer)

Dated: April 7 2021

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we conduct real estate transactions. For many people, seeing homes in person just doesn’t hold the appeal it once did, and that means more video tours. However, if you’re taking a video tour of a home you’ve never visited before, you need to be aware that there are some things you’ll certainly miss out on – and that includes smells and odors you’d ordinarily pick up if you visited the home in person. Here’s what you need to know.

3 Smells You’ll Miss on a Video Tour – But That Could Cause You Serious Issues if You Make an Offer

If you’re doing virtual tours through your real estate agent, ask him or her to tell you about:

·         Pet odors

·         Cigarette smells

·         Mold, mildew or musty odors

Pro Tip: You should absolutely work with your own agent when you’re touring homes for sale in Vero Beach. Don’t assume that all REALTORS® are the same – you want one who’s looking out for you, which means you shouldn’t contact the seller’s agent. You should contact your own agent (one who works as a buyer’s agent), because although the seller’s agent may be a great person, his or her primary duty is to get the seller the most money for the home.

Here’s a closer look at what you need to know about the most common smells you’ll miss when you take virtual tours.

Pet Odors

One of the most common complaints people have about homes they visit: pet odors. Odors from past accidents (particularly from cats) can come back to haunt sellers, and you don’t want to be the buyer with an accepted offer on a home that’s filled with the scent of old cat urine. Ask your agent to walk around the home on the lookout (or smell-out, as it were) for any types of pet odors so he or she can let you know whether they’re present.

Pet odors don’t normally go away with regular cleaning. In some cases, you have to replace flooring or parts of walls to get the smell out.

Cigarette Smells

Cigarette smells don’t typically go away with regular cleaning, either – they permeate the walls, the carpet and the window treatments. Although someone can conduct a professional cleaning, you also need to know that cigarette smoke can stain the walls… and in some cases, even if they’re cleaned, the stains can come back with a vengeance when you repaint.

Mold, Mildew or Musty Odors

Mold is probably a deal-breaker – but what about mildew or musty odors? That’s up to you, but you do need to know that all three of these smells come from moisture problems. Even if they’re cleaned up for you to buy the home, there’s a good chance that without a few repairs or upgrades, the smells (and the mold or mildew) are going to come right back.

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Chip Boyer

Chip is the IT Manager for Alex MacWilliam Real Estate. He handles the technology needs of the company as well as helping agents in their day to day problem solving.....

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