We all have 5 senses and they all come in handy when your shopping. For sofas you’ll use touch along with sight, for cars you’ll call upon your hearing, for the sound of the engine. When you shop for a home you’ll use all your senses, well, except taste, unless you had Pica Disorder. Google it.
For the home though, sight has tempted them to view. They’ve seen something they love enough to want to view. To convert a viewer to a buyer you have to make an impression. A good one. A great smelling home will be remembered. Some smells can be off putting to potential buyers. Strong odours are a big no no. Here’s what to avoid and embrace
Pets – Avoid
Dogs are more pungent than their feline counter parts but both can be seriously off putting not only to buyers without animals but those this time too. Last year we took a potential buyer around a home. This home had 3 dogs and you could smell it from the second you walked through the front door. We’d aired the house as usual before the buyer came round, lit some candles and tried to rid the house of the smell. The buyer wanted the house for the large garage. She was setting up a new business for dogs!! A little dog holiday home. It was promising, a person that loves dogs. The buyer never bought it. After looking around the house we showed her the garden and garage where she could have her business. She refused to look round the house again.
Air the house as often as possible while it’s on the market
Avoid trying to mask the smell with air fresheners
A deep clean
Remove all pet paraphernalia for the viewings
Use a new pet candle – They really work, ask me!
Get your carpets professional cleaned – it’s worth it
We are all budding Jamie Olivers! Well, some of us aren’t, but that smoked mackerel you cooked last night may still be lingering. Avoid cooking anything too strong the evening before a viewing. Embrace a lemon in hot water – try it in the slow cooker.
I have a teenager and they smell. I know they do. If it’s not sleep, it’s that hormone stench sometimes covered up by copious amounts of body spray. Air their rooms regularly to keep your viewers in the large bedrooms. Embrace that window!!
While your home is on the market, smoke outside. Buyers will offer less IF they love the house but don’t love the smell. They may just opt for the house round the corner though if it’s too strong.
Lillies look beautiful, but, for some the odour of a Lily can be far too strong. My husband isn’t a fan of Lillies. Try a softer scented flower with just as much visual impact. It’ still look incredible but won’t put your buyers off.
It’s not often the ones in your house smells, but try and empty it anyway, you never know what your viewers want to bin, or if the toddlers accidentally open it. Your left over fried eggs don’t smell pleasant. Keep your outside bins out of the way too.
So what makes your house smell amazing…
- Freshly laundered bedding
- Freshly cleaned floors
- Fresh air
- A gentle candle
- A small spritz of room spray
- Freshly squeezed oranges and lemons – ever walked past the orange juice machine in Booths? AMAZING
There’s many more things to really make a difference to your sale, ask a friend to give you honest feedback on your home. Or ask your agent. If they are honest they’ll tell you. I would. I want only the very best offers for my clients
Until next time