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The Nose Knows At Your Open House

Jul 10, 2014

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Whenever I smell orange marmalade, it reminds me of living in England when I was a little girl. To this day, that smell brings to mind the simple, fun and comfortable days of being a kid.

Our sense of smell is a powerful thing that can remind us of distant memories, make us feel happy and content, or change our minds. It has the power to shift a situation or an emotion almost instantly. When it comes to house hunting, for many, smell is just as important as appearance: If there are lingering odors of dust or mold or pet, buyers may run the other direction.

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When you live in a home, you often don’t notice the constant smells or unpleasant odors in the air. You know how there’s always a distinct aroma whenever you visit someone else’s house? Your home is no different. 

Before you open your house to potential buyers, you want to make sure your place smells fresh and pleasant, but not overwhelming, especially if you’re continuing to live in your home while it’s on the market.

  1. Get Opinions - Before you have an Open House, get an honest opinion: Trust your broker, your family and friends if they say something just doesn’t smell right!
  2. Take Action - If your home desperately needs refreshing, start with a good dusting, scrubbing and washing. Go the extra mile and get your carpets professionally cleaned. Don’t go for the quick fix: You may be tempted to cover existing scents with something stronger, but it’s always best to start with a clean slate! 
  3. Keep It Simple - A smell you love might not be so pleasant to others. Rethink your plan to permeate your home with the smell of baked goods, or complex fragrances, which could subconsciously distract potential buyers. One clean smell (take your pick from orange, lemon, pine, or cedar) is probably better than a blend of potpourri. It’s also best to use natural fragrances, and steer clear of candles and sprays that can smell artificial and stir up allergies. 
  4. Make The Right Choice - If you choose to accent the air in your home with a fragrance, consider your location. Cedar would work great in a mountain home, but might feel out of place in a beach property.

If you’re not sure what the best scent option is, don’t fret! You can’t go wrong with a fresh, squeaky-clean home that smells like ‘nothing’. Just make sure any strong bleach or cleaners have time to air out before you open your doors to the world. 

Got any tried and true scents you love, or other tips and tricks to get your home smelling light and airy?

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