Scents Of Home

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The smell of freshly baked pound cake and I'm 10 years old again in my Grandma's kitchen in Coopers Alabama.  She baked them by the dozen to sell at the Montgomery Farmer's Market.

There are times we're working with our bees and I catch a scent that transports be back to my Grandad's home in Cass West Virgiia.  Among many of his talents, he was a beekeeper with 40+ hives.  There are common smells with our hives of today and his from 40 years ago that provide me a reminder of what home is all about.

Home is about strong memories, sometimes sight, sometimes smell, but the brain cells fire with these associations.

Now when you're trying to sell your home, you're trying to create a sense of home, or at a minimum not block the potential buyer's ability to consider a place home.

The eyes buy, but the nose, well the nose can still kill the deal.

Ever walk into a home and smell mold?  That moist, rank smell of a home that has real issues?  I've walked into that type of home more than once, and I'm still waiting for the day a buyer states:  "Let's do this!". 

Ever walk into a home with ammonia smell from cat pee so bad your nose burns and your eyes water?  Been there, done that.  I don't even think the buyer took one step inside the home.  Dead on arrival was that deal's potential.

Then there are the homes with the odorizers plugged into every other outlet in the home.  Garden fresh, cinnamon and vanilla infused potpouri #83, and the buyer's first thought is "what are they hiding??".  Too much of a good thing can kill potential just as easily of a little of a bad thing.

If you want to leave a pleasant scent in your home before a showing, stick to the basics.  Keep your house clean and bake some cookies just like grandma used to make and leave them out for the buyer.  Who knows, maybe that buyer will be the one that thinks "HOME!".

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Liz and Bill - scents are so often associated with things we have a life long realtionship.  Many memories.  "Common Scents" of a much different kind.  

Dec 22, 2019 05:00 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bill. Been on both sides of the aislw with this one. Pleasant always wins out over putrid. Enjoy your day!

Dec 22, 2019 06:00 AM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Bill- you're right about scents and what memories they bring up. I once walked into a home and immediately walked out because of the ammonia smell from pets you-know-what. My eyes burned. 

Dec 22, 2019 09:54 AM #3
Robin Wells
RAW Chimney Sweep and Inspections - Penetanguishene, ON
Giving Peace Of Mind One Chimney At A Time

Thanks for post.  And yes the "smells" can bring back such vivid memories.  The Christmas time of year has so many special smells of baking, roasting - cakes, cookies, pies, turkey, ham, whatever.  With memories of the past along with them.  Enjoy and have a great Christmas and successful New Year.

Dec 22, 2019 10:03 AM #4
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

What a lovely post.  I have walked in and right out of homes with the heavy scent of Febreeze...I would prefer the scent of fresh baking or fresh bread coming out of the overn.  A

Dec 22, 2019 12:04 PM #5
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