You’ve de-cluttered, re-painted, made repairs and updated your home’s curb appeal. That means you’re ready to sell, right? Not necessarily. Although all those tasks are essential for getting your home in shape to sell, don’t overlook one important factor – the smell. Many potential buyers can be swayed – or put off – by the scents in your home. Here’s a look at the smells that sell.
First and foremost, your home needs to smell clean. And by clean, we don’t mean that it smells strongly of air freshener. Scented cleaners only mask odors, which are often still detectable underneath the heavy perfume smell. The only way to achieve an authentic clean smell is to deeply clean your home. This includes:
Avoid using products with a strong smell. Instead, use those with very subtle smells or, better yet, those that are fragrance free. While you want the house to smell clean, you don’t want it to smell like bleach.
Once you’ve neutralized odors in your home, you can enhance a buyer’s experience by employing a simple scent. Think about the kind of environment you want to create. Do you want to emphasize how fresh, clean and bright your home is? Then choose scents like citrus, lavender or green tea. Are you hoping that buyers will find your home cozy, warm and inviting? Then go with scents like vanilla, rosemary, thyme or cinnamon. Does your home feature lots of wooden beams or walls? Then choose a smell that will enhance that aesthetic, such as cedar or pine.
There are several different ways to achieve just the right scent in your home without going overboard:
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different smells when you’re selling your home, to find just the right one that will appeal to potential buyers.
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