Home Staging Tips: Staging for the Senses

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Home Staging Tips: Staging for the Senses

Article 1. The Sense of Smell                                                                                  Image Ref: 808-15-3308 - Yellow Rose, Viewed 4379 times

When selling a home you have the opportunity to impress potential buyers or send them running!  The best way to make a good impression is to stage your home for the senses.  A quiet, clean, uncluttered home is refreshing to buyers and says that your home is ready for new owners.  This is the first article in a series of four.

Your sense of smell tells you when something is pleasant, fresh, and appealing.  It also notifies you when something is rancid or dirty.  Foul odors are a turn- off.  Don't let bad odors distract potential buyers from making an offer.  Before you put your home on the market, make sure it smells clean and fresh.  Here are some home staging tips:

•·         Litter boxes:  Change often and place in garage for showings.  Do not leave litter boxes in the kitchen; litter boxes are not appetizing.

•·         Diaper pails: Dispose of dirty diapers often.  Home buyers want to smell a fresh nursery.

•·         Trash cans (this goes for all trash cans): Empty regularly and hide in cabinets or pantry.  Trash cans are not accessories.

•·         Carpet: If you have pets, hire a professional to clean your carpets.  If pet odors are present and not removed, hire a professional to give your home an ozone treatment.  Ozone treatment removes pet odors in the carpet, walls and upholstery.

•·         Cigarettes: If you smoke in your home, an ozone treatment is in order.  Cigarette smoke is not removed with simple carpet and upholstery cleaning, and it penetrates every surface of the home, and is even trapped in the ventilation system.  Buyers with allergies and/or asthma will turn down your home for the one that they can breathe in.

•·         Food: Food odors (i.e., curry and garlic, among others) linger in the home, so open the windows and spray a little Febreeze or Oust in each room.                      Image Ref: 09-37-17 - Weiner Schnitzel, Viewed 10148 times             

•·         Highly fragranced candles, plug-ins, and scented oil:  Beware of using these products.  They are often too strong and buyers can be negatively affected i.e., headaches, asthma, and allergies.  And, not everyone likes the same scents that you like. 

•·         Garbage disposal: Run the garbage disposal with small pieces of freshly cut lemon and water.  The lemon juice is also great for cleaning the sink!

•·         Closets:  Closets can smell bad from shoes and gym equipment.  Open the doors to let the air circulate and spray Oust or Lysol in the closet.

These home staging tips are just the beginning of preparing your home for sale. If you are not sure whether your home will pass the sniff test, invite an honest friend or your Realtor to help.

Your home staging specialist,

Holly Bellomy



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Your Dallas Home Staging Consultant,

Holly Bellomy, RESA-Pro

Dallas Real Estate Staging, Owner

Vice President of Membership, RESA Dallas 2011

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Comments (6)

Jennifer Dulmaine
Keller Williams Realty - Spencer, MA
Seth Campbell Realty Group

This is a great list to go over with sellers...Thanks for sharing it, Jen

Aug 27, 2010 03:59 PM

Thanks, Jen!  I hope it helps your business!

Aug 27, 2010 04:10 PM
Julie Keelan and Nancy Page
Keelan ~ Page Group at the Allen Tate Co - Wake Forest, NC

Cigarettes are the kiss of death in every sense of the word

Aug 27, 2010 04:27 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Holly - Excellent information and tips on home staging can increase the home value. Thanks for a very good blog.

Aug 27, 2010 05:29 PM
Carolyn Kolba
Serving Mentor, and all of Lake County, Ohio - Mentor, OH
Keller Williams Realty- Mentor, Ohio

Holly:  Very interesting stuff, here.  I have never thought of an entire staging blog post on just the "smell"... or lack thereof, of a house.  Good ideas, well presented.  And... so often outsiders like Realtors and buyers coming through the home can notice odors very quickly, whereas owners cannot because they have gotten used to them.  Sensory adaptation, it's called.

Aug 27, 2010 06:08 PM
Holly Bellomy
Dallas Real Estate Staging, www.dallasrealestatestaging.com - Allen, TX

Thank you Carolyn, John, and Julie!  Stay tuned for the next article on staging for the sense of sight.

Aug 31, 2010 07:48 AM