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Best Scents for an Open House

November 15, 2013

Hallelujah, it’s Friday! If your home is for sale, Fridays may be less exciting for you–open houses and showings definitely pick up on the weekends, which means extra cleaning and decluttering for sellers.


I have always heard that if you’re going to have an open house, you should bake cookies so that your house is filled with that comforting aroma. Earlier this year, MSN Real Estate debunked this common myth. Apparently, a smell as complex as baking cookies functions more as a distraction for buyers. Still want to make you home smell attractive to house hunters? Try simpler smells like lemon, basil or pine. Lucky for you, there are dozens of pine tree scented candles around right now, so pick one up and sell that house!

Read the full article here

Image: Housewarming Cookies, $32/dozen

3 Comments leave one →
  1. James Killoran permalink
    November 22, 2013 10:04 pm

    Excellent! I wrote an article about using scents to sell your home a little while ago, but didn’t think of this angle…

    • Jillian permalink*
      November 22, 2013 10:30 pm

      I was really surprised, honestly–freshly baked cookies has been something of an industry standard for so long!

      • James Killoran permalink
        November 23, 2013 5:45 pm

        I know! it is up here too…

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