I'm sure it smelled like a good idea at the time. You're selling your home, the Listing Agent called to schedule a showing and you race for the cleaners, the room sprays, the wax warmers and the candles. You have an hour or maybe even 24 hours notice, to tidy up and create what you think is a welcoming aroma. But, let's make sense of all of these scents ( do I dare sneeze just thinking about this ? ) shall we ?
While I agree that a home that smells good can create an inviting experience, an overpowering experience may just leave everyone, silently, evaluating their escape route. While your intentions were good, mixing household chemicals can not only alter the smell you were trying to achieve, but it can also aggravate allergies and cause flare ups for those sensitive to smells. When buyers intend to view a house, their primary goal is to make that house a home. You are actually being counterproductive by creating an overwhelming scent because there is nothing more uninviting than the smell of a hospital.
So, what types of welcoming scents should be used when you're selling your home ? Think bakery. Think clean, crisp and fresh. Think of Grandma cooking during the holidays and perhaps your favorite cookie or pie. Think coffee, subtle herbs and citrus fruits and avoid overpowering scents that you would find in the laundry aisle, or floral scents that someone could be allergic too. Use white vinegar to clean in place of bleach if you are limited on time in between showings.
Citrus and Fruit scents like orange, lemon, peach, and grapefruit smell fresh, crisp and clean.
Herbs like cilantro, rosemary, thyme and basil are refreshing and very familiar scents and they create a warm and inviting aroma.
Vanilla always makes a home smell and feel cozy. Mint is excellent to mix with vanilla to create a fresh scent.
Coffee and / or Bakery scented items make the home feel warm and cozy and are especially good during the winter months. Bakery scents like pumpkin and apple pie are really good scents because they are not over powering like peppermint would be on it's own.
Pine or Spruce are also excellent scents during winter and Christmas. But, they can also become over powering so you would want to use them sparingly. It's best to use scents like these mixed with a vanilla or citrus scent to tone them down.
When selling your house your main objective is to always make your home feel warm, cozy and inviting. Remember, you're not just selling a house, you're selling a home, your home. It is this home that will be passed to someone else and it will become their home. When they visit your home they imagine their family, their memories and their personal belongings in it. You want to give a potential buyer plenty of time to create in your home exactly what they have pictured in their mind and hearts. Overpowering scents can shut down a showing quickly. So, while it may have smelled like a good idea at the time, it will actually be counterproductive.
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