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It’s that time of year...the Holidays! With that being said, the weather in Missouri can take all sorts of turns. It might be a warm, sunny day in Springfield, MO, then a storm hits and the temperature drops 30 degrees. You were hoping you could open the windows and let the fresh air in for your open house so the house would smell fresh but now with the freezing cold, you have to keep the windows shut. How can you be sure to make your house smell good without letting the cold air in?



Candles Are Quick and Easy

By far the easiest way to make your home smell good is by candle. Look for scented candles that you know people will love. What more could the buyer want than to open the door to a festive smelling home? By doing this, you could possibly help persuade buyers and make them feel at home.


Try a Simmer Pot

If you would like to add some customization to your home, use a simmer pot. This is nothing more than a saucepan that is filled with water and spices. The spices and smell depend on whatever you prefer.  These can arrange from vanilla beans to cinnamon sticks. The way it works is you place the saucepan on a burner with the water and spice or fragrance in it. Turn it to low heat and then let the water will come to a simmer. The heat from the burner will cause the water to release the scents, making your house smell great!


Pomanders Work Great

A pomander is a scented ball. There are many types of pomanders, depending on what you would like to use. To make one, take a marker and draw a design on an orange or other citrus.  Then poke several holes into the skin, tracing along the design. Take a clove and put it into each hole. Completely cover the citrus with cloves. After decorating the citrus, you will need to dry it out so mold won’t grow and so the pomanders will last longer.  Try tossing the citrus with Orris root powder (this is a less expensive and cleaner way to dry fruits.) Once the pomanders are dry, put them in a bowl and set them around your home for a great smell!



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About The Authors:  Betty Knowles is a full-time REALTOR® with Southwest Missouri Realty in Springfield, MO She also served as President of Women’s Council Of REALTORS® in Southwest Missouri.  Betty’s genuine passion is helping people buy and sell homes in Springfield, Ozark, Nixa, and surrounding communities.  

John Knowles is likewise a REALTOR® with Southwest Missouri Realty and a member of the Greater Springfield Board of REALTORS®.  John is also a FAA part 107 certified drone pilot to get those amazing shots and videos of our properties! 


Together this dynamic team makes up TeamKnowles REALTORS®, Spouses Selling Houses!  They are dedicated to doing what it takes to sell your home in the greater Springfield real estate market, or help you purchase a home that fits your particular needs. Give TeamKnowles a call today; you’ll be glad you did!


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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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Homes not heated or no electricity will slow down the viewing traffic. Please turn off the lights.

Nov 22, 2019 08:27 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

I have my sellers also play jazz or classical music on low volume to help set the mood for potential buyers.

Nov 22, 2019 01:55 PM
Potranco Realty
Potranco Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Potranco Realty"

Homes that have an inviting smell when entered is sure to catch the buyers heart and make them feel at home sweet home. Great tips.

Nov 23, 2019 02:34 AM