I'm a burner. So naturally, when I toured a home with my buyer recently, the smell of incense when I walked in didn't bother me. It actually made me interested in just who these sellers were. My buyer however, thought the smell was from cigarettes, and immediately had thoughts of how she was going to get that smell out if she bought the house or if the seller would have the home professionally cleaned to remove the smell. Having experience with incense and being an ex-smoker, I was able to assure her that the smell was not from cigarettes and incense smells don't linger for long after a window is open. I was able to calm her down from the alarm that went off as soon as the smell hit her.
Others may not be so prepared to calm their buyers down. Not everyone burns incense or knows the difference between cigarette smoke and the smell of an incense being burned. An agent with little to no experience with these things may have to side with the buyer and find other ways to quiet their alarm. It could turn a buyer off completely, especially if they have children.
Incense smell GREAT! I love them. Everyone's nose can't handle them especially those with allergies and asthma. Incense are burned for a variety of uses. They can be used just for their fragrance. Most people burn incense for healing and spiritual practice. As new age practices spiritual practices are becoming more and more popular, I suspect we will have more sellers who's homes are fragrant with unconventional frangrances like incense. It is wise for sellers who burn incense to keep their buyers noses in mind when putting their home on the market.
A couple of suggestions may help:
- Since we know burning regularly or frequently will leave the smell lingering longer, it may be a good practice for incense burning sellers to suspend their burning a week or two before listing to let the home air out.
- Replace the smoke burning to with an essential oil burning lamp or other type of burner.
- Once the air is clear in your home and a seller absolutely has to have the smoke of the incense, they may want to restrict the burning to one well ventilated room.
- Having the listing agent add a note in the listing instructions advising for the fragrance may be helpful and keep buyers from thinking they're smelling nicotine.
These are just a few tips to keep a happy medium between giving potential buyers a great experience allowing sellers to continue their own personal practices while in the process of selling.
Remember, there's always a way balance the needs of both the buyers and sellers. Just takes a little vision, revision, creativity, and compramise...HAPPY SELLING....