I'm of the opinion that there are no magic tricks to selling your home.
If it's priced right and presented well, it's going to sell. Period.
We recently did an open house on one of our higher end listings. One of the other agents in my office suggested that we bake cookies right before the open house. This would make the home smell amazing, plus it's nice to have cookies for the visitors.
Then she said: Baking cookies will increase the odds of somebody wanting to buy the home.
I have nothing against cookies. I love cookies. They're awesome!
But do cookies really sell homes?
I get what she's saying. The smell of a home is very important. I've seen buyers get completely turned off by intense odors and not even finish the showing.
If a buyer walks in and the first thing they smell is freshly baked cookies, that's a good thing.
But is it going to make them buy the home?
If baking cookies is all it took to sell homes, then Betty Crocker's in the wrong business! So are Famous Amous and the Keebler Elves.
The Cookie Monster would have to re-structure his contract with Sesame Street because of all the homes he would have to buy.
Okay... Maybe I'm being a little extreme here.
I know that she didn't mean that cookies alone would sell a home. She was just recommending an idea to help the home smell more pleasant and welcoming.
We went with brewing some hazelnut coffee instead, because if I was in charge of making cookies, the house might have smelled like burnt cookies.
Now I'm craving a cookie. Great.