What’s that Smell?

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When a guest enters your home, the first thing they notice is the smell. One of the most important parts of a first impression, the way your home smells can immediately change the way someone perceives you一your home is making a statement about the way you live! If you are attempting to make your home smell good for your next gathering, a scented option may be the way to go. However, if you’re trying to make your home smell good for a showing, you may want to avoid using any scented options. Sticking to scent-free solutions will both prevent unpleasant odors, as well as leave your home smelling natural. While scents might cause potential buyers to think you have something to hide, a plain, scent-free home is the best way to sell. Concerned that your home’s fragrance might not be up to snuff, especially during these stuffy winter months? Keep reading for simple ideas to not only remove any odor in your home, but keep your house smelling fresh for future gatherings, too.

Don’t Just Mask Odor-Remove It!

Are you already using baking soda in your fridge to prevent different food scents from mingling? You can do the same thing in the rest of your home! Baking soda is a perfect odor remover一 not only does it keep your home fresh, but it is easy to come by and relatively cheap to purchase. You can discreetly place bowls of baking soda around your home to soak up any rogue odors, but be sure to change out the mixture weekly in order to maximize effectiveness. Have pets? Be sure to put your baking soda out of reach. While not toxic in small doses, if a pet eats an entire bowl, they can get sick!

Fresh Baked Vanilla

Want the scent of freshly baked cookies without the work? Put a few drops of vanilla extract into an oven-safe dish, and bake in the oven for a half hour. Your home is sure to smell like a bakery in no time. But be careful, guests may be disappointed when they discover that you aren’t actually baking anything for them!

Break Out the Diffuser

Diffusing essential oils not only smells great, but can be the perfect way to relax and unwind after a long and stressful day. Fresh scents like grapefruit, lavender and mint are the perfect way to invite a clean fragrance into your home. However, if you’re planning to use essential oils in a pet-friendly home, make sure you do some research into which oils are safe to use around animals! Some aromas may smell great to humans but can be deadly to our furry friends.

Sensational Seasonal Smells

One of the trendiest ways to make your home smell great is to make a stovetop potpourri. This easy project can be found all over Tiktok and Instagram, with people sharing their favorite additions. Common ingredients are apple slices, orange peels, cinnamon sticks and clove, but you can change up this mix with plenty of other spices, including rosemary and vanilla bean! Simply place your ingredients into a simmering pot of water on your stove to release their scents. Remember一if you’re using anything on the stove, keep an eye on it. Once your water has completely evaporated, you’ll need to turn off the stove and take the pot off the heat in order to prevent any ingredients from burning and turning into a fire!

The way that your home smells can be a make or break situation for a potential buyer; if you don’t make the right choice, it can cost you a potential offer!  If you have questions about the dos and don’ts of selling your home, contact your Shorewest, REALTORS® agent. They will set you on the quickest and easiest path for a smooth home sale.

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