Home Buying & Selling
November 2, 2020

Preparing for Your Open House: Smells that Sell

When it comes to staging your home for an open house, there’s a lot you can do to put forth a great first impression, and there are a lot of things that can throw off potential buyers. Something as small as how the house smells when they tour it can have a big impact on homebuyers. That’s why you’ll want to make sure your house is clear of any unappealing scents and emitting only pleasant, agreeable smells. We put together a list of the best scents to use to help you sell your home, so pick your favorite one and let us know if it helps!

Scents to Avoid

There are a lot of scents that can turn buyers off, and some of them could be invisible to your nose since you might be used to them. Be sure to make an honest assessment of the odors in your home and exterminate them at the source. Eliminate scents of mold, smoke, pet, dirty laundry, and cooked food. Clean your home thoroughly and avoid cooking food in the days leading up to the open house.

Scents that Sell

Choose just one scent for the entire home as buyers will enjoy a consistent fragrance rather than many different scents that could be overstimulating. The scent should be simple and light, and you should avoid smells that are potent or irritating to sensitive noses.


Citrus scents are light and clean, and they inspire positivity and energy. Orange and lemon are great choices when it comes to selecting a scent for your home.


Vanilla is a calming and soothing scent that will bring a feeling of coziness to your house. This sweet and relaxing smell can instantly spark up any room.


Sweet and uplifting scents are perfect for attracting buyers. Try pine for a clean fragrance that will soothe buyers touring your home.


Ginger has a sharp yet light scent. It’s spicy but refreshing – perfect to create a warm, inviting environment that homebuyers can envision themselves living in.

Green Tea

Crisp and fresh, green tea calms the mind while sharpening focus. This is a soft, refreshing scent that may help give buyers a good feeling when they come to tour your home.

You’ve Picked Your Scent – Now What?

Once you have the one scent you’d like your house to smell like while buyers are touring it, you’ll have to get it set up. You can use candles, oil plug-ins, diffusers, and many other products to diffuse your chosen scent. Candles can also serve as décor, so keep that in mind as you set them up. Oil plug-ins are ideal for hallways while diffusers are good for bathrooms. Remember that scents can become overwhelming in small rooms, so be careful not to overdo it.

When you’re ready to sell your house, it’s important to present it the best you can. Even seemingly insignificant things like how it smells can make or break a sale, so be sure to select a great scent that buyers will love. And when it comes to purchasing your next home, reach out to one of our Loan Originators today who will be happy to help you through the mortgage process and answer any questions you may have.

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