Your Home Looks Great But Smells Funky!

Home Stager with Design2Sell

Everyone falls victim to the "stinky house syndrome" sometimes. You walk in the front door and you can't help but saying "What is that smell?!" It is important when you try and sell your home you stage for the eyes and nose! Design2Sell knows the importance of a fully staged home. It goes beyond what looks good and feels good, it must smell good too!

Here are a few tips from

1. Bake fresh bread or cookies!

2. Simmer cinnamon sticks with apple slices or orange peels in water on the stove

3. burn scented candles (be careful of leaving flames unattended)

4. Febreeze!

5. put out bowls with sponges that have vanilla extract poured on them (hide these from view!)

6. Sprinkle carpet deodorizer on your carpets, leave them, and then vacuum

7. Dried eucalyptus in arrangements smells great and can look pretty too

8. burn incense

9. use plug-in fresheners (hide these too!)

10. spray your favorite perfume on an UNLIT lightbulb0the heat will warm them up and the scent will spread

11. put out dishes of dried rosemary and lavender or in sachets in closets 

12. use the fridge boxes of baking soda to absorb bad smells (hide these as well!)

and lastly...

13. Open your windows up and let the fresh air in! There is nothing better than some fresh air to make a home smell great.


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Bud & Beth McKinney
Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United

Thank you for a great list of things my sellers should do.. I will share it withthem.

Oct 21, 2011 01:53 AM #1
Gina Tufano
Ask Gina & Company with Pearson Smith Realty - Sterling, VA
Ask Gina & Company, Northern Virginia Real Estate

I definitely agree that smell is a huge part of your first impression when you walk into a home. Thanks for sharing these great ideas!

Oct 21, 2011 01:56 AM #2
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Smell is such a huge 1st impression. This is a great time of year for GOOD smells! Fish dinners -- eat them out, please! Pets? A great time for some time at the doggie spa! Vacant home? Please, please check on it once in awhile, get the air moving & bring a nice air freshener for a few squirks.  :-)  Thanks for the post!

Oct 21, 2011 02:04 AM #3
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Barbara - I'm not sure I'm a huge fan of burning incense, but throwing open all the windows to bring fresh air in and Febreeze are a good start. 

Oct 21, 2011 03:01 AM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Barbara- I'm concerned about the plug-in fresheners and incense but I do like getting rid of whatever is causing the odor.  Open the windows... and I like the open box of baking soda in the fridge and the dishes of dried rosemary.  Your post is right on about making sure that any odors don't derail a sale. 

Oct 21, 2011 11:37 AM #5
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