Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Home Staging Tips: Adding Unseen Beauty to Your Home Through the Power of Scent

A Scent-sational Home

There's nothing that wards off buyers more than a foul-smelling home. After perfecting your home's curb appeal, the next home staging step is to make your home smell welcoming.  To create an appealing environment for buyers, pleasing scents should be part of the selling plan. A home with enjoyable scents can leave a long-lasting impression with potential buyers.

We've all walked into a home filled with the heavenly aroma of fresh baked pie or cookies and felt the happiness that accompanies it. But not all of us have the time (or baking skills) to make a home smell of delicious desserts. Luckily, there are a few quick and easy home staging alternatives that can give that same welcoming aroma.

Eric Spangenberg, Dean of the college of business at Washington State University, studied the effects of aromas and found that a simple orange scent may affect cognitive functions in the same areas of the brain involved in decision-making. Grinding some pieces of fruit such as orange, lemon, or grapefruit  in your garbage disposal does wonders in warding off those unpleasant disposal smells.

Place a vase of fresh cut flowers at the entrance or in the kitchen. Choose a soft-smelling flower, such as sweet pea. Not only does it look great, it smells great too.

Want to lure in potential female buyers? Lavender, known for its calming and soothing effects, is the number one aromatherapy scent and studies have shown that it is especially attractive to women. Use it sparingly in your home to create a pleasant and relaxing effect.

We can't forget about the potential male buyers. The smell of cinnamon is especially appealing to men. Simmer some cinnamon sticks in water just prior to the showing.  You can also sprinkle some cinnamon on a baking tray and bake in a low temperature oven.

How Much is Too Much?
Although an inviting scent can create a long-lasting impression on buyers, too much may send them running for the door.  Complex scents, even pleasant ones, can be a distraction to buyers who may spend more time focusing on the strong aroma than the attractive details of your home. Although a scent can be used in every room, be sure to use each scent in moderation.


I am happy to offer my background in decorating and staging as a service to my clients. Sellers who list their home with me will receive complimentary staging assistance.

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Further Reading:
  1. The 60-30-10 Rule: Adding Color To Your Space
  2. Budget Friendly Decorating Ideas For Your Fixer Upper
  3. Selling Your Lakewood Ranch Home: Unconventional Tips
  4. Remodel Your Lakewood Ranch Investment Home: The Steps From Start To Finish

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