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What Does "Sold" Smell Like?

By Shannon and Tamara Stone

We just finished the REMAX office tour where we went and previewed a lot of new listings this morning.

I was inspired to write about the importance of smell in the sale of a home. In life, whether you are meeting a person for the first time, or a home, so much depends on that first impression.


When a home smells clean it gives you the sense that it’s well taken care of and inviting. When a home has cooking, pet or other odors it can be a major turn off.


Some of the properties we viewed this morning smelled wonderful: like fresh bread or lemony clean… and then there were a few that smelled… well… NOT FRESH.


In this hyper-competitive market, buyers have many different options to choose from. If your home is for sale, make sure it smells great!


Here are some tips:

1) Keep a package of ready-to-bake croissants or cookies in your fridge and pop them in the oven 30 mins before you have a showing.


2) A small dish of vinegar does an incredible job of absorbing odors – tuck one where it won’t be seen.


3) Avoid the highly scented plug-in air fresheners as they are often overpowering and tend to cause the buyer to wonder what you are covering up.


4) Our Dad taught us a great trick: drop a few drops of vanilla extract onto your stove burner and turn it on low for a few minutes – smells just like fresh baking.


Happy Selling (and smelling)!

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