People selling their home often spend a significant amount of time cleaning and decorating for a showing, making sure everything LOOKS great. But just because they’ve vacuumed up all the dust bunnies and washed all the dishes doesn’t mean there isn’t a lingering odor that could deter a potential buyer from closing.
According to the Sense of Smell Institute, odor recognition is linked to memory and moods. So while a seller cannot make every potential buyer fall in love with a home based on a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie scent that reminds them of grandma, it is sure worth a try.
Here are a few basic tips to keep a home smelling fresh for a showing –
• Take out the trash
• Definitely don’t smoke in your house, but avoid smoking outside the house, as well
• Avoid cooking anything that may leave a lingering smell
• Set up a couple potpourri pots around the house or heat some apple juice in a pot on the stove and throw in apple slices, orange slices, lemon slices or lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg
• Run some lemon wedges down the garbage disposal
• Odor eliminators are good to just cover-up smells, but consider investing in carpet, furniture and drape cleaners
• Burn a candle or use an electric ceramic crock to keep the scent without the flame
• Smear a drop of real vanilla extract on all the light bulbs – this will smells like cookies
• Use a dehumidifier in the basement to eliminate a damp smell
• Open the windows and let the air circulate
These are just a few short suggestions; a detailed list is at the National Realtor Magazine.
Your Realtor, of course, will be more than happy to help you set up a successful home sale. However, these small, often overlooked, details you can do personally are what can really make the difference for a fast home sale.