The Nose Knows!
Fragrance in Real Estate is nothing new. People have been trying to make their home smell a certain way before an inspection for years. Whether that was putting some cinnamon or coffee beans under the grill in the oven or baking some biscuits, the idea that these smells made the house feel more “homey” and therefore people would want to buy it.
But is that really the case?
People want to walk into a home and feel like it is clean, fresh and open. Get lots of fresh air into the home and if you would like to use a fragrance, keep it light.
Some have suggested that people (potential buyers) see right through this veil and think it’s just a gimmick while others go even further thinking maybe you are trying to cover something up. So not only has this person not felt more “at home” but now they even distrust your house. Not ideal.
So what are people wanting to smell when they walk through the front door?
Something as neutral and fresh as possible.
Scent, like music, is nice when it is subtle and anything more can be very off-putting.
The Right Scent
Buyers want to walk into a home and feel like it is clean, fresh and open. Get lots of fresh air into the home and if you would like to use a fragrance, keep it light and subtle.
AVOID overly sweet smells like vanilla, ylang ylang, geranium.
Instead, TRY a light citrus oil like Lemon or Bergamot. Easy Air is a great blend of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lemon, Tea Tree and Laurel that leaves a wonderfully fresh, clean smell. Having an inspection in winter with all those colds going around? Essential oils like Easy Air can actually help cleanse the air of airborne viruses and stop the spread to your team!
The blend Balance, with all it’s grounding wood oils can help people relax and feel more comfortable in the home.
Candle VS Oils
I always suggest a cold mist diffuser over a candle.
Candles can be very messy, the hot wax and open flame are a bit risky too with lots of people moving about the house and a pain to pack up at the end of the inspection. That’s not even mentioning the potential health risks associated with most scented candles.
The majority of scented candles are made with a petroleum based wax that releases nasty petrochemicals as the wax melts and evaporates. The fragrances used are also usually purely synthetic chemicals that can cause everything from a headache, eye or respiratory irritations to allergic reactions in those with chemical sensitivities. Read more here.
Essential oils are cheaper as you only need a few drops in a diffuser. They’re completely natural and safe to use around children, pets and adults alike.
Give it a go
Want to smell some samples of these oils so you can try it at your next inspection? Just flick me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be more than happy to help you out.