When it comes to selling a home, you already know how important it is to make things as neat, orderly and organized as possible. You want visitors to see the very best elements of your home when they visit, to learn first-hand the reasons why they should move in and make it their own.
But while seeing is definitely believing, did you know you can also use the other four senses to make positive impacts on potential buyers? Through sounds and touch and even tasting from time to time (think a bowl of inviting fruit on the kitchen table), you can create a lasting impression of your family home.
But the sense we want to focus on today is probably the most effective one aside from sight, and that is the sense of smell. To really go the extra mile for your visitors, and potential buyers, appeal to this powerful sense by following some or all of our suggestions below.
You may be pleasantly surprised by the results.
Open the Windows. Particularly when the weather’s nice outside, opening your windows and letting in as much fresh air as possible can give your home a nice airy scent that can put visitors at ease when touring the property.
If you have ceiling fans, turn those on as well to let the fresh air circulate throughout the home. Now this tip obviously won’t work if it’s incredibly hot or incredibly cold outside.
But if the weather is nice, enlist Mother Nature’s help to make a lasting impression on your potential buyers.
Clean the Carpets. Much like a vehicle can exhibit that “new car smell,” giving your carpets a deep clean can give off a scent that is inviting and pleasant to the nose.
And then vacuum regularly to keep that fresh smell going for as long as you can. You may also want to deep clean the upholstery at the same time, to add to this effect.
Bake Some Cookies. You’ve probably heard this one before, but baking a batch of cookies an hour or two before visitors come by can really make your home seem warmer and more inviting.
I mean who doesn’t love the smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, right?
You may even want to consider leaving them on a plate in the kitchen with a note urging visitors to please help themselves.
Put Out Some Flowers. If you have a flower garden in the back yard, cut a few of your favorites and place them strategically throughout the home before visitors begin arriving.
You don’t want to choose any that are overpowering or have high amounts of pollen, so pick some that are a little more subtle and put off a nice scent.
Fresh cut flowers can certainly brighten any room of your home, and the pleasant smells are definitely a bonus.
Light Some Candles. Put some candles around that put off a nice scent and light them before potential buyers arrive to tour your home and property.
Now, you don’t want to put these candles directly next to the flowers or cookies mentioned above as that will cause your smells to clash with one other.
Bedrooms and bathrooms are ideal places to put out a few candles or bowls of potpourri, to give those rooms of your home a little extra pizazz and establish more of a homey atmosphere.
One last note on using smells to enhance the allure of your property, and this revolves around smells or odors that you definitely want to stay away from.
Examples include eliminating pet odors, replacing or removing old rugs and bath mats, airing out curtains and making sure any and all trash has been removed before visitors tour your home.
If you’re making an effort to enhance the scents and smells of your home, you don’t want any existing bad smells to offset your hard work in this area. So just be sure to give your home a final walk through before leaving in advance of a showing, and make adjustments as necessary.
And for more tips on how to stage or prepare your property for public viewing, call the Oldfather Group today at 302-260-2000. We’ve assembled the best team of real estate agents in the coastal region, and we’d love to talk to you about your property and your own unique situation.
And, as always, have a great day here at the Delaware and Maryland beaches.