The Best Smells to Help Sell Your SWFL Home
We’ve all heard about staging your home to help it appear more appealing to homebuyers and sell faster. But what potential homebuyers hear and smell can also play a role in how desirable they deem your home. Let’s take a closer look.
Step One: Remove Any Bad Odors
Before you can add good smells, you must find the source and eliminate any foul scents. Merely covering them isn’t enough. First, invite someone you trust to tour your home and share their honest opinion on how it smells. Ask them to pay particular attention in notoriously noxious spaces, such as bathrooms and kitchens.
Once you locate the source, eliminate it. Be aware that this may involve some heavy-duty scrubbing, especially if you have mold or mildew in a bathroom. Then take some easy steps to keep smells away. Empty all your garbage daily and spray cans with a disinfectant. Vacuum daily, especially if you have pets.
The Best Scents to Use
Some of the best scents to use in your home during a showing, an open house, or other home-selling events (such as a final walk-through) are citrus smells like:
Herbs such as:
Other natural scents like:
- Green tea
- Pine and cedar, particularly during the holiday season.
The Best Ways to Diffuse These Smells
When it comes to ways to diffuse these smells, the more natural, the better, however, sometimes that’s not always possible, or it won’t always be potent enough. Even essential oil diffusers aren’t always strong enough. Once again, have someone you trust, like your real estate agent, walk through your home and assess if the good smells you’ve installed are sufficient.
If you decide to use candles, the flame also creates a lovely view. Just be careful to place it somewhere safe where it won’t get knocked over. You may want to put one in the kitchen, one in the entry, and one in each bathroom.
If you use a plug-in, install it a few days ahead of time and make sure it isn’t over-powering. You’ll likely need to leave them plugged in all the time, even between showings. Otherwise, it won’t properly diffuse as it is designed and won’t have the desired effect.
You can also use your stovetop to diffuse some pleasant smells. Add citrus rinds and rosemary to a few cups of water and allow them to simmer on the stovetop. You can remove it an hour or so before the showing, and the aromatics will still linger.
Another pleasing combination is to use a few sticks of whole cinnamon, a couple of drops of essential pine oil, the peels from an orange, and a couple of whole cranberries. It will smell fairly Christmas-y, so it’s great to use in the fall and winter. Just be aware that if your house is large, a stovetop diffusion won’t be fragrant throughout the entire space.
Trust an Experienced Realtor
Unfortunately, all the tips and tricks in the world don’t go as far as having a good realtor you can trust. Call the Link Team of South Florida to see how they can help you.