Make it Smell Like Home!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 0528582

I was inspired by the idea in another blog about baking cinnamon buns before the open house.  That is a great idea.  If perchance the open house doesn't sell the first day and need some more smell good tricks, here they are: 

Another way to get the vanilla cinnamon scent and prevent the risk of someone scarfing all the cinnamon buns down,  simmer some vanilla extract  and cinnamon powder in a teakettle of water on top of the stove.

If there is no stove or no electricity in the house, bring hot water in a thermos already infused with vanilla extract and pour in a dish uncovered just prior to the open house.    

Yankee Candles make little votive candles that the fragrance REALLY does  linger a bit after being lit.  My absolutely favorite fragrance is lilac  (reminds me of my grandmothers lilac bushes in Alva Ok)    Lilac is great for a guest room bathroom as the bath is usually very small and fragrance will linger for a while even after the candle is snuffed out.

Anything lavendor scented works good in in bedroom Lavendar is known to be calming.  Exactly what you want your prospective buyers to be!!!

 

There are dryer softner sheets in "fresh linen" that can help freshen trouble spots  that could be placed in a bathroom drawer  or on a bathroom shelf out of sight if you detect a trouble spot smell wise that is.

Of course, it goes without saying, that the house should be squeaky clean  or "q-tip" clean before showing to the first prospect.  Nothing is more fascinating than the fragrance of FRESH CLEAN!  Think high end hotel here!  

 

 

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Beverly Carlson,  REALTOR, GRI, ASP, IAHSP, RESA

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Carlson Properties           

Abilene, Texas

325-721-2429

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Rainmaker
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Gloria and Jason Belmonte
Prudential Fox&Roach The Belmonte Group - Rising Sun, MD
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nice post, we can never get enough of those ideas!

Feb 24, 2011 03:15 AM #1
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Leslie Helm
Tennessee Recreational Properties - Jamestown, TN
Real Estate For Trail Riders

Hi, Beverly. I live in an equestrian community and there are many second homes that people use of weekends or seasonally. Left vacant for any amount of time, they start smelling unused and unloved. I often go well ahead of a showing to air out and freshen with scent....you're absolutely right, a cinnamon candle works wonders!

Feb 24, 2011 03:20 AM #2
Rainer
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Judi Boad
ACCURATE REALTY GROUP - Seattle, WA

Hi Beverly,

I agree with you.

We always use a scent reminiscent of home baked goods. In fact, new build model homes across the country bake cookies in the first model to make folks feel at home, along with their seemingly unlimited staging budgets. :)

Occupied homes really need to be aware. I always like to air the house out by opening doors and windows for a while, as well as using the secret of scent...

Thanks for the great post!

 

Feb 24, 2011 03:23 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Maggie McFarland
RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland - Pearland, TX
Pearland Realtor, Homes for Sale in Pearland Texas

Thank Beverly for the ideas.  I have to try your tip of simmering some vanilla extract and cinnamon powder on the stove.

Feb 24, 2011 03:51 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

Gloria, that is why I like active rain, great ideas!

Leslie,  You are so right,  go early and freshen up the fragrance EARLY!  It's too late to light a candle 10 minutes before. 

Judi, I'm glad you mentioned opening the doors and windows.  This is the only solution if someone has been smoking even after all the carpets are cleaned and drapes cleaned, fresh air works given enough time.  Only problem is someone needs to babysit the windows being open  unless it is a REALLY REALLY safe neighborhood, because it does take a few hours at best.   

Maggie,  A tea kettle on the stove looks so at home as well with something simmering in it.

Feb 24, 2011 04:04 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Maggie McFarland
RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland - Pearland, TX
Pearland Realtor, Homes for Sale in Pearland Texas

Thanks Beverly, I think so too. A tea kettle always reminds me of my Aunt Elizabeth's house.

Feb 24, 2011 05:36 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

Maggie,  I have a tea kettle for my stove and then two teakettles i use just for staging!

Feb 24, 2011 08:57 AM #7
Rainer
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Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Beverly.  These are great ideas.  I've also heard of putting a drop or two of vanilla extra on the light bulbs because when they are turned on during showings they heat up release the vanilla scent.  However, since so many incandescent light bulbs are being replaced with compact fluorescent one you pose some great alternatives. 

Feb 24, 2011 09:19 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

Janet, I had heard about doing the drops, but never felt comfortable doing that something about wet something too close to electricity.  The best tip is to just open the windows and get fresh air to neutralize odors. 

 When i lived in W Germany, at least once a week the neighbors windows would be open no matter how cold it was outside.  The Germans seemed to be big fans of airing their houses out.    

Feb 24, 2011 03:22 PM #9
Rainer
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Chrissie Sutherland
Ready Set Stage - Greensboro, NC

Great advice.  I've heard to put some vanilla extract on some foil in a warm oven and it smells like cookies.  ;)

Feb 25, 2011 07:28 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

Chrissie, I have never tried that.  If the oven works, would be nice to bake some real cookies!

Feb 28, 2011 02:02 AM #11
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Olga Diaz
COLDWELL BANKER TOMLINSON - Pullman, WA
Potter, Mng Broker, CRS, ASP, ePRO, ABR

Beverly!  Good ideas! I don't like fragrances that are too strong though....it can deter from the home I think!  Thanks for the post.  Have a nice rest of the day!

Mar 10, 2011 11:33 AM #12
Rainmaker
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Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

Olga,  I agree nothing too strong or smelly.  Nothing beats FRESH AIR CLEAN! 

Mar 10, 2011 01:57 PM #13
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