How to Deal With Pet Odors ?

"UGH...This house smells like dog pee"..... says the prospective buyer. (I agree)
The listing broker and his seller say "no, it doesn't"
We move on to the next showing where my buyer loves it because it DOESN'T smell.
I hear a lot of 'not my dog...'  
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September 09 2012 - Highlands Ranch
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There is a great product called Bac-Out made by Bi-O-Clean.  We had a cat smell in a house and we continually sprayed until there was no smell left.  

It works great.

Cameron 
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September 10 2012
ODORZOUT, is a great nontoxic product, especially effective on removing stubborn pet urine odors! Good luck.
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September 10 2012
Very frustrating. Proper answer from listing broker should have been "sorry and how can i make this right?" Instead, it was "No it doesn't"...frustrating,.

They make a great product called Biodyne that is an enzymed based cleaner that eats the bacteria that makes it smell.
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September 09 2012
I have been told that a way to get 'pee' including cat pee smells taken care of once and for all is to throw out the carpets and pad.  While replacing the carpets and pads is an expense, you can SAVE extra expenses by keeping the floorboards and purchasing KILTZ paint. Paint the floor boards.  There are enzymes in the paint that kills bacteria up to 10 years.  Apply new pad and carpet and "tada" you have a smell free (and bacteria free) home.

OdoBan is a great cleaner product that does take care of the odors and bacteria to a degree. I get concerned about missed bacterias left behind which may have soaked into the floorboards beneath.
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September 09 2012
The first good step is that you are listening, sometimes we become Immune to some smells within our homes. I would start with the carpets and flooring not sure how long you have had them they may just need a professional cleaning or to be removed completely.
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September 09 2012
Pet odors are very hard to eliminate.  If there is carpeting it may have to be removed.

A litter box smell will be gone when the pet is gone.  Not so with carpets which have become wet.
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September 09 2012
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While my avatar suggests I might have a bias, I'd say there are a lot of odors that can be off-putting to potential buyers.

Cigarettes and cigars are the top offender, and one of the worst for removal as the smoke penetrates all surfaces and goes into the insulation through outlets and other electric penetrations.   To truly remove the penetration of the smoke, often removing insulation and at least some of the dry wall is required as well as painting with a sealing primer.

Pet odors vary.  Cats are more likely to spray walls than dogs, but if urine or feces of either penetrate into the subflooring a lot of work can be required.  Most pet homes do not have this issue, even if there is a hint of dog or cat. 

Perfumes -  those stop many buyers in their tracks at the front door. This can include scented candles, potpourri, the heavy scent of Fabreeze and many others.  

Cooking odors - some spice scents penetrate carpets, curtains, insulation, dry wall etc.  Removal may require gutting the house of all soft surfaces as well as painting with sealing primer.

Rodents in the crawl spaces and walls...

Rotten food, unwashed teenager laundry in bedrooms, moldy showers etc.   The scents offered are many!

There is no odor free home, wood, dry wall and paint have an odor in a brand new home.


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September 09 2012
Whether or not someone has pets, it's probably a good idea to clean and / or deodorize carpets prior to listing, wash/paint walls and generally refresh the interior.

The worst odors seem to come from dogs, followed by smoking, cooking (fried foods!) mold/mildew and the general odors of life.

I had a client with a particularly smelly carpet. We steam cleaned it but it still reeked of dog odor. We used a wet/dry powder process which seems to have killed the odor. I've also used OdoBan to kill odor.
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September 09 2012
Odors are a funny thing!  Once sellers get used to the smells of a property they become immune to it.  It is only when they go away on vacation, after their senses have been neutralized, that they experience the scent of their home when they first returned to house that has been closed for a few days.  Depending on how strong the smell is, one can either remove carpeting or paint the wall, but once the smell is very strong there is good reason to believe that the urine may have penetrated the sub-flooring and that too may need to be replaced.  I have seen properties that needed suf-flooring and baseboards removed after the carpeting was taken out. 
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September 09 2012
Stubborn sellers figure out that it does too smell after enough days on market. 
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