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  • Writer's pictureSandra Zueco

7 Tips to Make Your Home Smell Irresistible to Buyers

If you're preparing to sell your property, creating a welcoming and pleasant atmosphere can make a big difference in attracting potential buyers. One important factor to consider is the smell of your home. Bad odours can be a major turnoff for buyers!

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Here are some tips to help improve the smell of a property when preparing it for sale:

Tip #1 - Identify and Eliminate the Source of Bad Odours

Before adding any scents to your home, it’s important to identify the source of any unpleasant smells and eliminate them. This might involve deep cleaning carpets and upholstery, removing any mould or mildew, or addressing any pet or smoking odours.

Tip #2 - Use Neutralizing Agents

Products like baking soda or vinegar can help neutralize bad odours. Sprinkle baking soda on carpets and let it sit for several hours before vacuuming, or use a vinegar and water solution to clean hard surfaces and fabrics.

Tip #3 - Freshen the Air

Open windows and doors to let in fresh air, and consider using a natural air freshener like essential oils or citrus. Be careful not to use scents that are too strong or overwhelming.

Tip #4 - Use Fresh Flowers

Fresh flowers can add a beautiful scent to your home and create a welcoming atmosphere. Consider adding a vase of flowers to your entryway or living room.

Tip #5 - Avoid Cooking Strong-Smelling Foods

While the smell of fresh-baked cookies or bread can be appealing, cooking strong-smelling foods like fish or curry can be a turnoff for potential buyers. Avoid cooking these types of foods while your home is on the market.

Tip #6 - Clean Regularly

Regular cleaning can help keep your home smelling fresh and clean. Vacuum carpets and upholstery, wash bedding and linens, and clean surfaces regularly.

Tip #7 - Don’t Overdo It

While it’s important to address any bad odours in your home, be careful not to overdo it with scents. Too much scent can be overwhelming and off-putting to potential buyers.

By following these tips, you can help create a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere in your home, which can increase its appeal to potential buyers.


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