Ralph's Helpful Hints: Being "Scentsative" to your clients.....
Whether it's your listing, or you are showing a home to your buyer, it's always a good idea to remember you are entering someone else's home.
Someone's home, whether it's a studio condo or estate home, is their sanctuary and deserves as much respect from one to the next.
Such practices as asking whether or not the seller would prefer you remove your shoes upon entering, asking about pets, making sure lights are off upon leaving, etc., are all things that show your respect and courtesy to the seller for their home.
One thing that tends to get overlooked by both real estate agents and clients is the use of heavy perfume or cologne when entering someones' home.
It's not a subject that's talked about much because it's probably considered minute, but nonetheless, should be considered when viewing homes.
I have a current client whose home I have listed who is extremely sensitive and/or allergic to heavy perfumes and colognes to the point where they need medical assistance and/or prescription medication to deal with it.
I was being very aware of this at each of my open houses I held, and sure enough there were quite a few people that walked in and out of there with overbearing perfumes and colognes. I guess I was more aware of it this time around knowing my seller's condition, but I never paid as close attention to this until I actually had to.
You may think it sounds a little frivolous, but if you stop to think about it, it's really a good idea to think about this prior to viewing homes. It could possibly be the case where the seller or their children are sensitive to this. Or perhaps make an adjustment of using just a dab as opposed to taking a bath in it!
As an agent or home buyer, it would probably be not only a good idea but some good "kharma insurance" to hold back on the heavy perfumes and colognes on those days you'll be viewing or showing homes.