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Staging & Smells: Sell Your House

Cookies and Coffee

Staging is one of the most important aspects of getting ready to sell your house. When you stage a home, you are putting its best foot forward to potential buyers. One of the pivotal aspects of staging a home is how it smells.

Here are the best ones to choose from:


Fresh Cookies

One of the best smells you can possibly have when staging to sell your house is that of a fresh-baked cookie. If you have a showing or an open house coming up, work with your real estate agent to bake a batch of your favorite cookies. Be it snicker doodle, chocolate chip, or simple sugar, here is the best way to do it:

Bake a dozen before the start of the open house and leave them out for guests to enjoy. Then, since cookies don’t take too long to bake, have the showing agent pop a second batch into the oven right as guests start to arrive. This way, as soon as they walk inside, their first thought will be, “Wow! It smells so good in here!”


Roasted Onion and Garlic

Onions and garlic are two of the worst possible smells to have on your breath. But as far as making a home smell delicious, they are two of the best. There is even an old wives tale that says if you want a man to fall in love with you and propose, then you need to be cooking onion and garlic when he comes around for dinner.

The same is true for an open house. When combined, these two savory scents form a warm, inviting atmosphere that will have guests literally salivating over your home. They won’t be able to stop themselves from fanaticizing about all the delicious dinners they will be having in your home.


Brewing Coffee

A fresh cup of coffee smells like a fresh start to most people. When choosing which smells to use when staging your home for a sale, it can be as simple as putting on a fresh pot of coffee. This way, when guests walk in, your home will smell like a nice, fresh start. Coffee is also a very neutral smell, so there is an extremely low possibility that anyone will feel turned off by its scent when they walk in.


A Quick Caveat

Remember: nothing beats the smell of fresh air and a clean home! You should avoid using baking, roasting, or brewing to mask a bad smell. If one is present, get to the root of what is causing the odor and eliminate it. Let the smells you create serve as temptation and not an attempt to cover up.


Looking for an agent who can help you stage your home? We can’t wait to work with you. Contact us today.


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