Nothing will stop a buyer faster than a bad first impression. What can you do to make sure your house smells fresh and inviting?
First begin by machine washing all items your pet may come in contact with. This would include blankets or dog beds. Adding baking soda to the detergent can help getting rid of odors.
Consider renting a carpet cleaner if there are old stains but don't use steam cleaners as they may set the stain. Make sure you are using a detergent that helps eliminate pet odors but don't use products with ammonia or vinegar because it may encourage your pet to use urinate in the same spot.
If the stains are bad enough, you may need to replace carpet refinish flooring to fully eliminate the smell.
Often when you are getting ready to sell your house, you also end up painting. That fresh paint smell is not something you want hanging around when you go to list the house. So, what can you do? Cut onions in half and leave middle part facing up in the corners of any room you are painting, the onion will soak up the paint smell. When you are done, throw the onion away.
Other Odds and Ends
A deep clean of your house will also help with not only odors but also the visual presentation of your house. Clean the refrigerator out throwing away old food. Make sure you take your trash out before showings as well as this can also cause a lingering odor.
Consider burning candles before showings or using oil diffusers. You may want to avoid using strong smelling sprays or air fresheners as they can be overpowering.