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Good Scents to Use for an Open House

Good Scents to Use for an Open House

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Out with the old and in with the new. When selling, it is important to remove any bad odor that may be lingering in your home. Ask a friend to come over and tell you where your home’s bad scents are lingering. Chances are since you live in the home full-time, you won’t notice the smells. Inviting a friend over ensures you remove any bad odors!

What odors deter buyers? Here are a couple: cooked food, home appliances, clothing and shoes, pets, smoke, mold, dirty air vents, and more! Remove these bad odors from your home and clean your house, top to bottom, before placing it on the market.

In addition to a thorough cleaning and removal of bad odors, add some scents to your home that appeal to homebuyers. According to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Retailing by Eric Spangenberg, shoppers spend an average of 31.8 percent more money in a home décor store when it was scented with a simple orange scent, rather than a blend. This finding can also apply to your home during an open house. What scents appeal to homebuyers? Here are some recommended good scents to use for an open house:

Citrus – Citrus fruits, like lemons and oranges, offer a fresh, clean scent to any space in your home. They are also more durable with a longer-lasting scent.

Herbs – Scented herbs can bring a refreshing smell to any room in the home. Use scents, like rosemary, thyme, and basil, in the kitchen to achieve a warm and welcoming scent for homebuyers.

Vanilla – Everyone loves the smell of vanilla! Use a vanilla candle to give your home a welcoming, cozy feeling, or make your own by using vanilla beans or extract. Almond and Mint are other traditional extracts to use to make your home appeal to homebuyers.

Green Tea – Purchase a green tea candle for a crisp, refreshing aroma that restores harmony in your home.

Pine & Cedar –  Pine and cedar scents are a great option during the holidays, winter months, or if your home is located in the woods. These two scents bring a crisp and complex aroma to any space in the home.

Fresh Cookies – There is almost no better smell than fresh cookies. Before an open house, pop a few in the oven. Homebuyers will love the smell and the cookies!

Recap: Before placing your home on the market, remove bad odors, clean the house from top to bottom, and add a scent that appeals to potential homebuyers!

Do you have any questions? Give us a call; we would be honored to help you get your home ready for the market.