The first thing I notice when I walk into a house  is the smell, and it usually determines my attitude toward the home. If a homeowner has too many plug ins or artificial scents,  I go turn them off for a few minutes in order to smell what’s going on.
The basement is a key indicator of any mold, cracks, or water leaks. Sometimes you can smell these things when you open the door to the house, or are at the foot of basement stairs. If I can smell it from the front door, that is a bad sign you have some issues. You might also be able to smell gas, and fumes coming from the furnace. I walked into a showing one time, and the place smelled like gas. The owner really had no clue that the furnace was leaking some gas, very faint. One spark, and that house would have been lit up for us all.
Smells in the house can also determine how the owner takes care of the house. You can generally smell whether or not furniture, or closets are normally kept clean, or if they are just being quickly cleaned for a showing, and are trying to mask the true smell. You can smell if there are pets in the house, and whether or not those pets have damaged the floors by peeing on them. You can also smell if the owner has not cleaned up a mess properly, and is just using water and not disinfecting it properly.
Outside of the house, you can also use odor to detect how the owner takes care of the greens, plants and bush. The greens should smell fresh, like a golf club, not smell like a marsh, which has a dry dead smell.
The attic like the basement is generally where light bulbs go off when using your nose to detect mold, and water leaks. The smells are very clear, and you sometimes don’t even have to go in to smell the wood rotting.
When selling a house, make sure that you are cleaning the house properly, and fixing any issues that may arise during a home inspection. Don’t just try to mask the problem. You may have to use ozone, and get a professional to come in and remove bad smells.


Virtual Staging

There has been a lot of advances in technology this year, and one of the areas is virtual staging. It has come down so much that some agents are looking at this as viable alternative to staging, rather than have the place look empty on photos and videos. In my...

read more

Price Drop 30% put into Perspective

The prices of sales in the GTA have come down 30% from last year. Let's put this stat into perspective. The prices from January to April sky rocketed and then came down after that. Of course they are going to be a lot lower since the prices jumped so much. The media...

read more

Are You Ready For Your Information To Go Public?

I read the articles, I read the comments, people want information. They want it all. That is the new way of doing business. They want all of the information that real estate agents have access to, and they want it for free, and they want it now. People think they have...

read more


The purchase price of your home is only one of the costs you'll encounter. Here are other possible costs you need to consider:   Mortgage loan insurance: If you are putting less than 20 per cent of the house value down, you're going to need mortgage loan...

read more

Over Rated Home Features

When I do an open house or put a house up for sale, I always get a few questions about features that I always say, why do you want that. Here they are: 1. Central Vacuum: Why do you want to lug around a snake and try to clean the house? Its simple, its called Dyson....

read more

Uber is Not Like Real Estate!

I read articles all the time written by Real Estate agents who are trying to convince themselves that we are in a good business to be in, and that it is necessary to use an agent for every transaction. In Toronto, put up a sign and your property will be sold by the...

read more

Transit Solutions Would Help Lower GTA Prices

One thing that can truly help lower GTA prices are some major transit solutions. It is apparent that the GTA market and all of the surrounding areas have gone buck wild in the past few years, and especially in the last few months. So many sales records have been...

read more

Why You Should be Underpricing Your House For Sale?

Its all about quantity and impression.When people are buying a house, they get into some-what of a HEAT! Underpricing Your House drives that heath up. I would call it a hunter gatherer mind set. Buyers are constantly on the hunt, and one thing that I've noticed is...

read more

Would You Go Into a Court Without a Lawyer?

Buying a house and using the listing agent is like going into court without a lawyer to represent you. Each and every time I have a listing, I have somebody calling me asking me "what's the price if I don't have an agent and buys directly though me?" I always want to...

read more

Liberals Are Going to Tank This Market!

What is the one thing the liberals are looking for right now? Votes and money. The way that they will try to get both is to try and capitalize on this hot real estate market.    The middle & lower class does not like the fact that they cannot afford any real...

read more

Get On The List

Once You Subscirbe you will receive new build specials, exclusive listings, and get on our sneak preview list. Join Now

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This