Sniff, Sniff: Scents to Use and Avoid When Selling Your Mississauga Home

Thursday Sep 21st, 2017


If you're prepping your home for sale, you’ve probably made a list of items to tackle around the house, like decluttering your rooms, touching up paint and fixing any areas that need immediate attention. 

But, there’s one important task that sellers sometimes forget and that’s making sure their home has a crowd-pleasing scent.

That’s right – it needs to smell nice!   

So, what exactly is a crowd-pleasing scent? Well, a home’s aroma is quite subjective; however, there are certain guidelines to follow when creating a pleasant atmosphere for prospective buyers.

Here are my top five tips:

1. So fresh and so clean
Cleaning your home prior to listing means scrubbing the nooks and crannies of your hard surfaces until they shine, as well as washing or vacuuming any soft surfaces, such as rugs, bedding and drapes. This is a very cost-effective way to reduce unwanted odors throughout your home, while introducing a clean, refreshing scent at the same time.

Tip: Opt for unscented or subtly scented cleaning products — those that are eco-friendly and natural are great choices, as they don’t leave a harsh chemical smell.

2. Say farewell to food smells
Whether you’re a gourmand or a skilled chef, you may not notice the odors from cooked foods in your home. But for a potential buyer, these smells are noticeable and, in some cases, offensive. As a rule of thumb, avoid cooking with pungent ingredients for four days prior to a showing. If that’s not possible, try simmering coffee beans in a pot on the stove to remove food smells or air out your home regularly by opening your windows. 

Tip: Make sure your spices are in sealed containers.

3. Snuff out pet stink
As a dog owner myself, I know how special our beloved pets are. However, not all potential buyers feel this way. Prior to listing, you’ll want to pay close attention to the odors living in your carpets, rugs and upholstered furniture. This is where pet smells tend to linger the most. A professional steam clean can go a long way toward making your home more appealing to buyers. 

Tip: Be sure to remove dog beds and litter boxes before a showing.

4. Keep it fresh and simple
When it comes to choosing a scent to permeate your home, avoid a bouquet of aromas and just choose one. Essential oils, like lavender, orange and lemon, are fresh, calming and simple, and, most importantly, inoffensive to most noses.

Tip: Skip candles, which are a fire hazard, and choose a plug-in essential oil diffuser or a simple reed diffuser.

5. Let the scent reflect the space
This last point also relates to choosing a scent. When selecting an aroma, make sure it’s appropriate for the general environment and aesthetic of your home. For example, if you live in a home with rustic wood details, cedar is a great way to enhance the cozy ambiance. Likewise, if your home features sleek contemporary details, choose something light and fresh, like citrus.

Tip: Avoid overly perfumey scents, which tend to overpower sensitive noses. 

For more home buying and selling tips, such as these, as well as the latest news and insight into Mississauga’s real estate market, be sure to follow along with me on Facebook. Or, if you are thinking of listing your home for sale, please contact me, Deborah Clerk, Real Estate Sales Representative, ASA with Keller Williams Realty Solutions, Brokerage, to schedule a free home evaluation.

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