It’s a touchy subject but it’s the kind of thing we’ve all secretly wondered at one time or another:
Do I smell bad? Is my breath fresh? Is my deodorant working?!
But have you ever wondered about the smell of your home?
You may think it smells just fine, but if the range of smells I’ve
endured experienced while inspecting real estate listings is any indication, homeowners would do well to include “make it smell good” in their staging plan.
Smell has the power to invoke very strong feelings in people, and what smells great (or has no smell at all) to you, might smell like “NO!” to a buyer. I’ve been in luxury homes that smell like a perfume factory, and it was downright distracting. I’ve also been in ones that smell … well … weird. Also distracting!
Aside of how a home LOOKS, what hits you just as quickly when you walk through the door?
How it smells! You could have a home that shows like a million bucks, but if it stinks, then maybe it’s just a stinky real estate deal! At least that’s how buyers will remember it when making their short list.
Assuming you don’t have real problems like smoke damage or mildew in your home, you can put buyers in a positive state of mind with one simple trick: scent your home with sweet orange fragrance or essential oil.
Those who sniffed orange oil were less anxious throughout the test, and the beneficial effects even lingered once the exam was over.
The Best Essential Oil for Stress? Prevention
So don’t go crazy baking pies and cookies! Just purchase some sweet orange oil and a room diffuser and you’re all set! Or light a couple orange scented candles for a while before an open house. (Just remember to blow them out before you leave!).
Now go on. Get happy.