Your Home Does Smell -- Make It Great

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Give your prospective buyers extra incentive to purchase your house by making it smell like a home they can see themselves in.

Your Home Does Smell -- Make Sure It's Great! 

Did you know smell is the sense that is most closely linked with memory?  Good smells can invoke happy memories and experiences, while bad smells can do just the opposite. Therefore, smells can play a part in the desirability of your house when it's on the market.

So, what can you do to ensure that you have a wonderful smelling home for potential Buyers?


1.  Baking Soda -- Baking soda sprinkled on carpet or furniture can neutralize tough smells.  Let sit for 10 or 15 minutes, then vacuum.  Also, place some in trashcans and drains.

2.  Your Stove -- All you need is a pot of boiling water, and then you can make your own essential oils for selling your house with the right spices.

During the winter, we recommend using spicy and warm flavors such as cinnamon and/or cloves, which evoke a sense of the holidays. During the spring and summer, you can use lemon or orange rind for a fresh citrus scent instead. Don’t be afraid to experiment, but make sure you try out each scent before your open house.

3.  Plants --  Plants are not only visually appealing, but  the right plants can also release wonderful fragrances.  The best scent for home staging includes some type of flowers such as roses, eucalyptus, rosemary, or lavender.  Be sure to choose plants that have an appealing smell and make sure they’re always well groomed and lively.

4.  Essential Oils -- If you don’t want to use your stove to make your own essential oils for selling your house, you can diffuse bottled essential oils instead. All you need to do is purchase an affordable diffuser, add a few drops of essential oil, and run it for a few hours before your open house. Just make sure you use the right oils.  Choose relaxing and simple scents such as lavender, grapefruit, rose, or bergamot. These smells evoke the atmosphere of a luxury spa.


Your goal is to make every guest feel like they belong.  Home scents that evoke only the best memories and feelings can be the added factor you need to make the sale.

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