What is "H.O."? You
can probably guess -- it means "home odors".
Be careful of odors in your home. If your family
room smells stale or your cat or dog has left a distinctive odor in the hallway,
the important thing is to remove the root cause of the odor rather than to
merely treat the symptoms. Smells have a powerful effect on the way people react
to a house, and no amount of room freshener or vanilla on the light bulbs can
mask a serious odor problem. In fact, such remedies may draw attention to the
problem. We have seen homes with an odor problem languish unsold on the market
for months or sell for thousands of dollars less than comparable homes in the
If you think that you may have a problem, talk
candidly with your Realtor. Your agent should be able to offer some constructive
suggestions, and perhaps refer you to a professional who can help banish H.O.
from your home!