You might not be able to smell it, but your house smells of something! You’ll be so used to the natural scent of your home that you probably won’t be able to identify what it smells like, which can be a daunting prospect. When someone walks into your house for the first time, they’ll pick up scents, it could be a natural smell or it could be last night’s garlic infused dish. That’s why it’s always a good idea to introduce some new scents into your home when you’re trying to sell it, just to be on the safe side! So, what smells help to sell?
Simple Smelling Scents
When someone’s looking for a new home to move into, it’s fair to say they’ve already got a lot on their plate. They’ll be distracted. Simple scents are effective because they don’t add further complications. If you have complex, layered scents like potpourri then, potential buyers will be subconsciously trying to work out what the smells are and where they’re coming from. You want people to focus on why your house is fantastic and look at all of the amazing features in it. Simple scents like vanilla, green tea, orange and basil are easy for someone’s sense of smell to decipher and then they can get on with other important stuff…like buying your house!
Using natural, organic scents help to give people positive vibes about your home. Lemon is a great example as it gives your home a light, clean smell. It’s a simple smell for our brains to process and your potential buyers will associate your home with cleanliness and the natural environment. This uplifts people and if they’re in a more positive frame of mind then they’ll view your house and its features optimistically.
Leave the Cooking until Later
It’s a common misconception that if your house smells of cooking then people are more likely to buy it. As we’ve mentioned, people will find the smells that arise from cooking too complex and layered with all sorts of scents. Potential buyers will be thinking about what dish you’re making and will try and work out what’s in it. They might absolutely hate whatever you’re cooking as well; you could be making people walk in to their own personal food hell! Having simple, clean scents can de-stress people and allow them to concentrate. There’s also less chance of people not liking simple smells like citric scents.
Keep your scents single-tone and simple and you should see the difference. It creates a calming, minimalist atmosphere, where you haven’t got an array of complex, layered scents that are all competing for your buyer’s and their nostril’s attention.