When viewing a home for sale buyer’s senses heighten. They imagine how well the furniture placement would work for their living habits, they fuss over the slightest bit of dirt, and they notice if there are any smells. When selling your home it is important to stage it, deep clean it, and keep it smelling fresh. It doesn’t need to smell like baking cookies or vanilla incense, in fact, some of those tricks can make it seem like the seller is trying to mask something.
Instead opt for a more natural, clean smell. It hardly needs to be a smell at all, imagine taking a deep breath on a crisp fall day. The cool air doesn’t have a distinct smell, but it feels fresh. One of the best ways to achieve this is to simply open the windows. This may not sound like an attractive idea in the dead of winter, but if it’s a little chilly out just open them for a short amount of time.
Garbage cans and sink disposals are possibly the worst culprits when it comes to stinking up a home. The disposal can be easily treated by tossing down a small lemon wedge. If you don’t keep lemons around all of the time just keep a few rinds in the freezer and use one of them when you need to freshen up the disposal. Take out the trash soon after throwing out veggies and fish as these are some of the biggest causes of garbage odor. Before replacing the bag wipe the can down with a cleaning wipe and use a scented bag or toss in a few cotton balls coated in vanilla extract to keep the can smelling fresh.
Most organic cleaners have a lighter scent than their harsh chemical counterparts. They leave a recently cleaned room with a clean, but not overpowering scent.
Finally, a quick way to add a little scent to your kitchen is by simmering one stick of cinnamon with four cloves and a lemon or orange rind if you would like to add citrus. Only let it simmer for a few minutes or it can get overpowering. After the spices are removed from the heat the scent will linger.
By using multiple, light scents around your home the air will feel fresh and not masked.