Scents and Smells Make Lasting Impressions
While the things that we see are capable of evoking emotions, nothing makes a lasting impression more than the things that we smell. So when you have come to consider selling your property, the last thing that you would want to happen is for it to smell unpleasant. After all, your home reflects who and how you are as a person; you would not want to be misrepresented in any way.
However, as we would otherwise intend, there would be times that our homes would give off scents and smells that may serve to turn ourselves and others off. What’s worse is that there are instances where we get accustomed to some faint odors that we are constantly exposed to that others may prove bothersome.
This is something that you simply cannot afford to happen when you put your house for sale. To help you avoid this unnecessary hurdle, we present you with five tips on how to make your house smell nice as you show it to potential homebuyers.
Here’s how you can get your home smelling good for the sale:
Determine the source
Getting at the source of an odor is the first step to making your home smell pleasant. It doesn’t matter how much scent or freshener you spray; if the source of bad smell is not addressed and rid of, the odor will linger.
Check for shoes that are due for a wash or need to be sun-dried. Look into curtains or upholstery that need to be changed or disinfected. Maybe you need to have your sofa or mattresses treated to be renewed. If you have pets, you need to know where exactly they go to the toilet so that you can clean the area accordingly.
Wherever the source may be, you need to be sharp at determining it. If you can do so, then you have already solved a great part of the issue.
Throw out your air fresheners-bring in essential oils
Recent studies show that commercial air fresheners can have negative effects on indoor air quality through hazardous pollutants that their key components may have. Some air fresheners have augmented levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like acetaldehyde, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene, among others, that can irritate and have health implications. So instead of helping make your home smell pleasant, they make your house smell worse, not to mention compromise your well-being.
An alternative to commercial air fresheners is essential oils. Not only are these healthier, the containers that they come with usually bear aesthetic qualities, making for additional display elements.
Make your own cleanser and deodoriser from natural products
Creating your own deodoriser is not only fun, but it also allows you to control what goes into it.
Carpet cleaners are not only expensive, but they may also come with harmful chemicals such as Perchloroethylene, listed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a probable carcinogen, and Phthalates which are also carcinogenic and causes allergic reactions in children. As this is the case, you can use bicarbonate soda mixed with vinegar. This combo disinfects effectively, ridding your spaces of odor-causing bacteria.
Lemon juice and baking soda are also good cleaning and disinfecting agents that do not cost too much. Remember, the best products to make your house smell nice are usually the more organic ones.
Bring in some plants
Plants help tremendously in purifying the air that circulates your home. Aside from this, they help in beautifying and enlivening your home through proper potting, placement, and presentation.
If you want to make your house more fragrant through plants, you can bring in flowers such as freesias, gardenias, and roses. These flowers also serve to add color, making your home more vibrant.
Open your windows; let the fresh air in
Keeping your windows open needs no special effort. Good airing is accomplished by keeping otherwise damp and enclosed space open through your existing windows. Stale air is kept out with utmost effectiveness, ridding your house of molds and mildew that might build up and cause unpleasant and harmful musty odors.
Smell Good, Sell Easy
More than style and aesthetics, cleanliness attracts homebuyers to a property. That said, maintaining your home looking and smelling clean is crucial to leaving a good impression on prospective clients.
So if you are challenged with an unpleasant odor in your house, perform any or all of the tips presented here. Not only will these help in solving the problem, but they will also make your home a comfortable place to stay in.