Our senses help us navigate through experiences and our sense of smell is no different. The sense of smell can stop a home buyer at the front door making it hard to see past odors. When preparing your home for sale the focus tends to be on sight and how the home appears visually. However, don’t forget about the smell of your home. You can easily go with an overpowering scent or have a hidden odor that needs to be removed prior to listing.
The first thing is to eliminate any odors through cleaning, doing the dishes, checking garbage disposals, emptying wastebaskets, laundry, dirty shoes, pets, smoke, and mold. Sometimes when we are living in our home we may become accustomed to certain scents, in this case, invite a friend over to give your home a quick “smell test”.
Once you can be sure that you have removed any potential causes for odors you can choose a light air freshener to use. You’ll want to be sure to not use too much or too heavy of a scent as some may fear you’re hiding a smell or the scent could distract the buyer’s ability to make a decision. Home Fragrance Expert Rayda Vega says, “Fragrance is an accessory. It adds depth and character, and it allows you to give each space in your home a different feel.”
Try these scents to add depth and character to your home.
Vanilla. Studies have shown that vanilla fragrances reduce stress and anxiety potentially making homebuyers calmer.
Citrus. Citrus fruits like lemons and oranges smell fresh and typically last longer.
Green Tea. Take a deep breath and relax with the scent of Green Tea, which is used to help restore harmony.
Herbs. Using thyme, rosemary or basil in your home, primarily in the kitchen, creates a refreshing, familiar smell.
Pine and Cedar. These two trees can often be used to create a complex aroma and are perfect for the holidays and winter season.
There are many ways you can use scent in the home, such as candles, diffusers, simmer pots, deodorizing disks, potpourri and oil plug-ins. Take into consideration your location and season when choosing scents that will best compliment your home.
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