Has Your Property Got The Right Smell To Sell?
Selling a home isn’t all about slapping a quick layer of paint around and hoping for the best. It’s all about finding out what makes a buyer tick and what makes them want to stay. A buyer will know within seconds of walking through the door whether they like a property or not and those first impressions matter the most.
There are many factors that provide a good impression when selling your home and one of them is having the right smell. Not everyone considers this when preparing for a viewing but potential buyers will think of it and notice when they walk into a property that has a strange aroma.
Every house has their own scent, whether you realise this or not, and buyers will pick up on these as they walk into a property. It could be what you had for dinner the night before, or perhaps the rubbish needs to be taken out. You may even have a pet that a buyer isn’t used to. But whatever the smell, when a potential buyer is looking around, the property needs to come across as fresh, clean and neutral.
This does not mean that you need to go around spraying a whole can of air freshener or cover the house in bleach! It’s about using common sense to allow someone who is walking into your home to feel ‘at home’ allowing them to imagine living there themselves.
How can you create a clean and friendly welcoming appeal?
- Have the carpets cleaned or changed if necessary to remove odours.
- Clean and mop hard floor surfaces to remove any old built in grime and use a neutrally scented cleaner.
- Wash and clean all bed linen.
- If possible clean curtains, drapes or net curtains.
- Wash pet bedding and if possible leave outside when a person is viewing.
- Store away old shoes in boxes with lids.
- Investigate damp issues and try to determine where the issue resides
The ultimate outcome of the cleaning and feeling of freshness is to provide a place where people feel comfortable and want to stay. Giving a home a fresh smell will go a long way in creating that. However you are not looking for the smell to be overbearing.
It was often advised to bake a cake or to put a round of toast in just before people were due to view a property. This creates the same idea – a home full of comfort.
What scents are welcomed in a home?
Although the most popular scents used to be home baking, research has shown that simple scents are now more popular than complex ones. Meaning that the smell can be recognised straight away without adding distraction. These can include:
So, if you’re in the process of selling your home and preparing for viewings, take into consideration the scents around your property and think about whether these would be inviting for anyone looking to purchase?
If you’re looking for tips on preparing your home ready to sell and ways to improve viewing success, get in touch and speak to our team of experts.