Buyers Notice the Good Smells and Bad Smells in a Home So Get Ready!

Sensory research shows that the smell of a home has a huge impact on a individual’s mood and thus it can trigger the signal of whether a buyer will buy your home or not. Research shows that within seconds of walking into a home, the buyer knows instantly whether or not they will make an offer on your home.

Be careful, when you add smell to your home, it can be viewed as a negative to cover up a bad odor or issue. And if that is the intent, that can make the issue much worse.

Some individuals like to add a floral arrangement to the home. That is a good ideal. I also like vanilla and cinnamon smells to give the home a relaxing and calming feel. Lemon and orange scents are great too because they give the home a crisp, clean smell.

 Here are some tips for getting rid of bad smells:

1. Take out the trash. It is easy enough to do and before the home is shown make sure the trash is empty in all rooms. If something has leaked out of a trash bag, a good soap and water washing of the trash bin is recommended to keep it fresh. Also, if there is a diaper pail, empty that before a showing.

2. Eliminate smoking in the home. It is a good ideal for sellers to eliminate smoking inside and outside the home. The smoking smell is the number one turnoff I have noticed from buyers when viewing homes. The home can be completely spotless, but the smell of tobacco is embedded into the carpet, the padding and the paint. It is hard to remove. Many times, you can determine if there has been smoking in a home before even stepping foot in the home. In some cases, the smoke smell can be noticed just by standing on the front porch waiting to enter the home. If the smell is strong, many buyers will not view the home and simply move to the next home for sale.

3. Open the widows - fresh air is good for the home and plus it will make you feel good!

4. Make sure there are no dirty dishes left in the sink.

5. If there are pets in the home, do a good cleaning, moping, and vacuuming etc. before a showing. Pick up all pet toys and make sure the bedding area is fresh and clean. Your pet will also thank you too!

6. Make sure there isn’t a smell from a recent cooking. Many dishes call for spices and sauces and those filter throughout the home. If that all possible, try not to use products prior to a showing.

Any questions? Drop me an email or give me a call. I work in the Lexington KY real estate market and have for over 16 years so I am here to help you find the right home for you and help you sell your home and make sure we have it positions to win the heart of buyers on the Lexington and Central Kentucky real estate market.

About the Author: Kim Soper is a lifelong Lexington KY resident and Co-Founder of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Cypress. She has over 16 years experience selling real estate all over Lexington KY and the Central KY areas.  Kim is the manager/Realtor of - Home to Your Best Source for Lexington KY Real Estate!

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