Scents to avoid during the holidays when selling your home. - Royal LePage State Realty Brokerage

Scents to avoid during the holidays when selling your home.

09 December 2015
RLP State

How does your home smell?  Is there a scent bomb exploding once we open the door, if so you may want to tone down the smells because not every guest have your likes.  When selling your home during the holidays keep scents on the low key, even though you are pulling at heartstrings and one's emotions having heavy scents in your home may make one turn around and walk out faster!

Be accessible this time of year: The holidays make it even more difficult than usual for real estate agents to schedule showings since all parties involved usually have holiday activities and other distractions. Clear your schedule as much as possible to accommodate potential buyers.

You do want to block off a few dates for example, you probably are not going to want to show your home on Christmas Day so keep these dates to a minimum and make sure you and your real estate agent are clear about acceptable showing times. A good tip is leave a bowl of vinegar on your counter, it will absorb cooking smells from the air!

Keep it cozy: Spend the extra bucks to keep the heat up to a comfortable level. A subtle baking or Christmas tree scent that matches the season is a nice welcoming touch (emphasis on subtle). Make sure the house is well lit to counteract the potentially drab feeling of winter.

If your house makes you feel warm and comfortable when you walk in the door, others are likely to feel the same way.

Use Baking Soda:  The baking soda uses are virtually endless. If your home is smelling less than fresh, sprinkle some baking soda on your carpets and sofas. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes, and vacuum it up. Baking soda absorbs odors, and will leave your home with a neutral pallet so that you can add a more pleasant scent. You can also sprinkle baking soda in your garbage to eliminate unpleasant odors. This is actually a great strategy to use anytime of the year.

Use Vanilla:  Vanilla is one of those scents that almost everyone loves. Make your prospective buyers and guests feel at home by leaving carefully hidden, open jars of vanilla extract around the house. As the alcohol evaporates, the pleasant smell of vanilla wafts out.

Use Citrus:  Your kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house. For prospective buyers, women make most of the buying decisions, and they're often the ones who will look closest at this room. This means your kitchen must not only be sparkling clean, but it needs to smell great. Make sure your garbage disposal has a pleasant scent. Toss in some lemon or orange rind along with a few ice cubes, and turn on the disposal. This will eliminate stale or unpleasant odors. This goes for house guests as well, since the kitchen is usually a popular hangout spot at family and friend get-togethers.

Use Essential Oils:  Burning essential oils right before a showing or holiday party is also an eco-friendly way to scent your home. Remember, however, that you want to burn oils that appeal to most people. Avoid strong scents such as patchouli, sandalwood or ylang ylang. Instead, go with relaxing scents such as lavender or uplifting scents such as grapefruit or satsuma. You can also unobtrusively add wonderful scents to your bathroom by adding a few drops of essential oil to a cotton ball, and hiding them on shelves or by the sink. Want an even cooler idea? Add a few drops to your lamps' light bulbs; when you turn them on for the showing, the heat will release the scent into the room!