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Smells help sell

Published: 30/11/2021

Your property's smell impression can either attract or repel would-be buyers as smell is an important factor in making a positive first impression. Don't let yours hinder your property's performance.

The aroma of freshly brewed coffee, baked bread, and cookies are synonymous with property viewings as they give the property a homely vibe, but a clean smelling home is key.  

If you're gearing up to sell your home, there are a few ways to rid your home of lingering odours. Here are some tips that will help hit the reset button on your home's scent.

First things first:

Before adding beautiful aromas to your home, you must first remove the unpleasant ones. We're not suggesting you leave your home stinking of bleach and disinfectant, but deep cleaning will give you an excellent base to build on.

Some common culprits for holding smells are:

Food: From rotting food in the refrigerator to stale bread in the bread bin, food has a way of stinking out your home if not disposed of within the right time frame.

Clothes: Your teenage son's pile of dirty clothes in his room is more than an eyesore – it stinks out the house and contributes to that musty smell that wafts from his room.

Pets: We love our furry friends, but if you have pets, they will contribute to your home's smell.

Rubbish: You shouldn't just take out the trash when it's full, it needs to be disposed of regularly and particularly when smelly items are thrown away.

When you're familiar with the different factors that influence your home's scent, it's possible to eliminate stenches and make your home smell nice.

Here are some of our favourite fragrances:

Citrus.  Lemons are a winner as they leave a positive impression on those who smell them.

Herbs. Scented herbs bring a refreshing and familiar smell to the nose. Having fresh rosemary, thyme, or basil in the kitchen will create a warm and welcoming feeling for buyers.

Vanilla.  The sweet smell of vanilla is thought to relieve anxiety and stress, creating a calm environment making your home feel like an oasis for anyone viewing multiple properties that day.

Green Tea. Refreshes the mind and helps restore harmony with its crisp, lively aroma.

Pine and cedar.  Both fragrant trees that can be used to create complex aromas. A great scent for selling property as research has proven walking through pine-filled woods promotes feelings of well-being - perfect emotion for viewers.

Consider using these suggestions in your home:

Candles. Wax and oil-based candles strategically placed around the home can quickly freshen up the air in the room.

Reed diffusers. Great to use in a bathroom as the scented oil is released into the air through reed sticks over time.

Simmer pots. Simmering spices can easily make the home smell amazing.

Deodorising disks. These will stop bad smells in smaller places like in a shoe closet, laundry basket, or sink.

Potpourri. Dried petals and spices can be placed in a bowl or small sacks around the home to freshen up the air.

Oil plug-ins. Plug into an electrical socket to dispense aroma into the air. The scented oil releases throughout thirty days, so place this in the entryway and hallways to welcome buyers into each space.

Remember when using scents to sell a property, "less is more". Opt for a hint of fragrance so your prospective buyers can concentrate on the property and its features rather than working out whether those biscuits in the oven are shortbread or chocolate chip.


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