If you consider yourself the next Top Chef contestant, chances are your house is probably pretty popular among your group of family members and friends. Everybody loves laughter and good food in a cozy atmosphere. What if you are trying to sell your Lake Tahoe home and are wondering how to combat some of the lingering scents that come with cooking? Baked goods are a welcomed treat for potential buyers but herbs, garlic and spices generally are not unless said buyer shares the same palette as you. Have no fear, we searched for ways to combat this problem without using over powering air fresheners!
First thing is first, clean the fridge. This seems obvious but some people feel that because you shut the door, it hides the smells completely. Not true. In fact, try cleaning the fridge once a week to stay on top of odors.
Keep cutting boards clean by soaking them overnight. Wood ones specifically soak up garlic and onion scents which as we all know can be the most over powering. Also be sure to let them dry completely after, musty isn’t a good replacement.
Oil and grease is another scent that not only seems to linger, but can be the hardest to get rid of completely. If you cook with a lot of oil, clean daily with fresh scented cleaners. Grease and oil tends to evaporate and condense on cool surfaces such as windows, counters, fans, etc. If you only deep clean once a month, you could have quite the build up causing overwhelming smells upon entry.
If you cannot afford AC, an electric chimney or a quality exhaust fan, consider an air purifier and get the best one within your budget. Air purifiers are great for multiple reasons (especially during Lake Tahoe summer months, aka Fire Season) but they are also pure magic when it comes to making strong odors disappear.
While we usually suggest refraining from the strongly scented air sprays, some lightly scented candles can do wonders. Think cotton, ocean breeze, dewy meadow type scents. As much as we love a fun seasonal smell, they can be just as offensive as the smells you are trying to cover up.
Speaking of covering smells, try a few of these great tricks:
- Before showing your Lake Tahoe house for sell, situate bowls of baking soda or white vinegar around your kitchen and even house. Remove once it is show time.
- Boil citrus peels in a sauce pan on low heat for about 45 minutes or so.
- For a sweeter, “freshly baked” scent, mix up a small batch of butter, brown sugar or cinnamon and sugar and bake for a little bit. Cooking vanilla or lemon oil soaked cotton balls hidden around the kitchen also do the trick.
If you are looking to sell your Lake Tahoe home and need tips and general information on the process, give us a call at 530-543-6676.