Sniffle-Proof a Home for Showings!

I don’t know about anyone else, but our family has been struggling with the spring allergies that often accompany the beautiful flowers I see around town!  Unfortunately, our allergies go well beyond the seasonal stuff;  several members of our family have dust mite allergies and my daughter is severely allergic to mold.  Imagine how unfortunate it would be if  a potential buyer is touring your home and has an asthmatic reaction to the mold on the back of your shower curtain….there goes another offer!

So, keeping that in mind, I thought it might be a good time to go over some sniffle-proof strategies for home showings.  Here are a few published by the March/April 2012 edition of REALTOR magazine via the Mayo Clinic:

1.  AIR FILTRATION:  Choose an air filter that has a small-particle or HEPA filter.  Clean or replace filters in central heating and cooling systems and air conditioning units.  Keeping the humidity low and temperature around 70 degrees will help fight mold and dust mites.

2.  FLOORING:  Remove carpeting and use hardwood or linoleum flooring.  Wash area rugs and shampoo carpet.

3.  PLANTS:  Spread aquarium gravel over the dirt in potted plants to help contain mold.

4.  FOOD WASTE:  Place garbage in a can with an insect-proof lid and empty the trash daily.

5.  KITCHEN & BATH:  Scrub with bleach to clean mold from the fixtures, tub, and shower.  Clean or replace moldy showeer curtains and bath mats.

In addition to the above suggestions, I personally recommend regularly vacuuming to decrease dust mites and clean your fans.  Be sure to do this cleaning several hours before a showing because cleaning stirs up allergens into the air.  Again, we don’t want buyers to think they are allergic to your home!!!!

Happy Home Selling,

Robyn Spoon


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