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A Fresh Smell Can Lead to a Sold Home

While everyone loves the aroma of a wonderfully prepared meal and clean laundry, scents such as pet and cooking odor are not all that appealing…especially if you’re trying to sell your home. Here, some tips from to help offset those offensive smells before holding an open house. 

  • Two hours before a showing, open the windows and doors to exchange stale air with fresh outdoor air.
  • Clean hard-surface floors using a diluted floor cleaner with a warm scent, such as lavender. Lavender is a welcoming, calming scent for guests.
  • Use a diluted amount of the same all-purpose cleaner to spray and quickly wipe kitchen counters and flat surfaces.
  • Using the same cleaner, wipe down surfaces in all bathrooms. Do not use bleach or ammonia.
  • Lightly sprinkle baking soda on carpets and vacuum after a few minutes.
  • Clean litter boxes and move them outside or to a garage or carport area away from foot traffic.
  • Spray linen freshener in closets for a clean, fresh smell.
  • Wash and dry a load of laundry. This will help the laundry room smell fresh, and externally vented dryers will make the outside smell like clean laundry, too.
  • Bake a sheet of chocolate chip cookies. No need to go all out—just pick up a roll of refrigerated cookie dough and keep those on hand.
  • Put two caps of vanilla extract in a coffee cup and then place it in the oven at 300 degrees for an hour. The entire house soon will smell like vanilla heaven without using harsh chemical air fresheners.
  • Before leaving the home for the soon-to-arrive guests, be sure to open all the curtains, turn on all the lights, remove bathroom rugs, hang fresh towels, and flush and close toilets.