Smell, a topic that’s written about or discussed daily in the real estate world. Most of the articles written address how to overcome or rid certain smells, like cigarette smoke, pets or a strong food odor. However the other day I was scrolling through a real estate forum and an agent asked what they could do to make one of their odorless listings smell good and “enticing” to home buyer’s.
Over 100 people commented and there were 3 suggestions I kept seeing; candles, plug in air fresheners and bleach. Bleach because “it will make the home smell clean”…..
As a person who is sensitive to chemicals I cringed at these suggestions. Not every home buyer will have a sensitivity like I do, but some do and some flat out don’t like the smell of candles or plug ins. I recently had one client hold their breathe and speed walk through a house because the fragrance was so overwhelming. As a listing agent my goal is to make sure every buyer who walks through the door is comfortable and doesn’t feel the need to run through the house or walk out before even viewing it because it smelled, “good” or bad.
So what are you suppose to use to make your home smell good if you shouldn’t use candles, plug in air fresheners or bleach?
My #1 recommendation is to diffuse essential oils because they are natural and potential home buyer’s are less likely to have an adverse reaction. Plus, essential oils do a great job purifying the air instead of masking smells with a fragrance.
So what type of essential oils do I recommend?
Not all essential oils are created equal and some aren’t natural at all, so I recommend looking for 100% pure essential oils. If you buy lemon oil the only ingredient should be lemon, there should not be any fillers, additives, bases or carrier oils added because if there are you could end up using a something similar to a plug-in.
Since our skin is our body’s largest organ I want to make sure the oil I’m disffusing in my home, which is being absorbed into my skin and my family’s skin, is the best oil I can buy, so I personally use certified pure therapeutic grade (CPTG). This means the oils are guaranteed to be the purest essential oil extract that meets the highest standards for both purity and material composition.
So what essential oil should you diffuse?
Lemon is one of my favorites, it does a great job purifying the air and so many people love the smell of lemons. The lemon oil I purchase is cold pressed directly from the rind.
One of my favorite blends to diffuse is a mix of Wild Orange and Peppermint. Just like lemon, wild orange is cold pressed directly from the rind and peppermint is steam distilled directly from the peppermint plant.
Another one of my favorite blends to neutralize odors is Purfiy, which contains lemon peel, siberian fir needle, citronella grass, lime peel, tea tree leaf and cilantro herb.
While there is no guarantee diffusing essential oils will sell your home faster they are definitely a great natural option to consider.
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— Michelle Gibson (@WellingtonHomez) October 12, 2017
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Home Selling Question: What should I use to make my Home Smell Good?