When you’re getting ready to sell your home, you’re probably thinking about things like repairing damage, painting walls, and rearranging furniture to make sure that your home looks its best. But does your home smell its best? After all, scientists have long known that smell can trigger feelings and memories in people. To leave a good impression, you want to make sure that the smell of your home makes buyers feel the right things.
Of course, buying a scented candle isn’t enough to make your house smell like a buyer’s dream home. Here are some simple steps to getting a great-smelling home that will leave a good impression.
Start with a deep cleaning. Trying to mask a bad smell with a good smell can backfire with an even more unpleasant scent! Before you do anything else, make sure you’ve removed all the negative odors. Everything from kitchen appliances to air vents to closets can retain unwanted scents that put homebuyers off.
Choose a scent. It’s important to pick something simple and clean-smelling that will appeal to the broadest group of potential buyers. Some popular, widely-liked scents are citrus or vanilla. Pine and cedar are also popular during fall and winter.
Don’t overdo it. Some people are sensitive to fragrances, and nobody wants to walk into a space and feel overpowered by a smell — even a good one! Whatever scent you introduce should be subtle and shouldn’t distract buyers from the main attraction: Your home!
Bake some cookies! Bake cookies before a showing and leave them out for your potential buyers. They’ll appreciate the treats, and who doesn’t love the smell of fresh baked cookies?
It can be easy to get used to the smell of your own home, so consider asking a friend to both diagnose the current odor of your house and pass judgment on the scent you choose before you start showing. A second nose can help you gauge whether or not you’re on the right track.
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