March 8, 2012 3:52 pm
While you may not think your home has a smell to it, freshening the air and filling the home with sweet aromas can do wonders in making a favorable impression among prospective buyers.
Most people know the trick of baking bread or cookies to entice the noses of those looking around a home. To achieve that fresh bread smell, buy a large loaf of bread, open up its belly and pour a bottle of vanilla essence into it. Then pop it into the oven at medium heat for half an hour before the showing.
REALTORS® also recommend the smell of cinnamon, French vanilla, butter cream or coffee to perk up those looking around.
“Scent impacts the atmosphere,” said Michelle Bardwell, an aromatherapist in Dallas, Texas. “You can create a delightful but subtle, aromatic space by using therapeutic grade essential oils.”
Bardwell recommends using Cardamom Essential Oil in the kitchen to create a sense of warmth, Lavender Essential Oil for the bedroom to evoke thoughts of relaxation, and a combination of Eucalyptus and Ravintsara for the bathroom.
“This will give the bathroom a fresh, clean aroma, and simultaneously kill bacteria and viruses on surfaces and in the air,” she said. “You should put several drops directly on surfaces and wipe down, and you can even put a few drops on the shower floor and in the toilet.”
Scented candles are another way to achieve a fragrant aroma within the home, but there’s not always time to let them burn before a showing. Another alternative is to use electrical plug-in products that have oil in them or potpourri pots to help provide continual fragrance.
While pets are often the most obvious odor that you want to mask, it’s best to stay away from scented sprays, as these are obvious indicators that you’re trying to cover something. Plus, some people find the smell of these sprays offensive, not to mention that some may be allergic to them.
Garbage cans also get smelly in a hurry, and sometimes you may not even realize the strong scents that come from opening your fridge.
“You want to send a positive image about every aspect of your home,” Bardwell said. “Kitchen trash does not send a positive message.”
Scents register in our brain and frequently remind us of our past experiences, so creating pleasant aromas in a house can help a prospective buyer experience an emotional connection with the home that may ultimately lead to a faster sale.
For more information about getting your home ready for a showing, contact our office today.
Published with permission from RISMedia.