First Impressions are everything they say, whether interviewing for a job or going on that first date you want to put your best foot forward.  Selling your house is the same but guess what is one of the first things a potential buyer notices when they walk in your house…THE SMELL.  We have all heard of being “nose blind”, well it is real and can ruin a sell in a whiff!

So what to do…

First, nothing beats a deep house cleaning:

  • Wash all bed covers (especially the pet bedding) and wash or dry clean drapes and comforters. Don’t use detergent or dryer sheets with heavy scents.
  • Have the carpets cleaned or if necessary replaced.
  • Scrub the kitchen and bathrooms.  Don’t use bleach or ammonia or heavily scented cleaners.  Natural, lightly scented cleaners are best (and safest for your lungs!).
  • If possible move litter boxes and pet toys to the garage or as far away from the entrance and main living area as you can.
  • If possible open the windows and air out the house. 

Getting rid of smoke smell can be extremely difficult.  There are many remedies available online and it may take a while so start early.  Here is an article that gives some ideas on possible natural absorbents:

Second, don’t use complex scents instead use natural scents like:

  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Pine
  • Basil
  • Cedar
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon

According to Eric Spangenberg, Dean of the College of Business at Washington State University.  Spangenberg has spent years studying the effect of smell on buying behavior and has found complex smells are distracting.  So, don’t opt for that potpourri you think smells great because your potential buyer will focus on trying to figure out what they are smelling rather than focusing on the great features of your home!