True or false? When you’re selling your home, you should bake cookies before a showing or an open house. After all, who doesn’t like the smell of freshly baked cookies? Well, it isn’t like you can Betty Crocker your way to a sale, let alone at the highest price possible. Your entire house still needs to be appealing.
A batch of cookies isn’t going to hide bad odors enough or divert people’s attention from a messy house that needs repairs. Nor will a cookie-scented candle or plug-in air freshener.
In fact, some candles and plug-in fresheners can actually turn a buyer off — and may trigger curiosity about what odor the seller is trying to hide. However, there is one smell that will help your house sell… It’s called “clean.”
When you’re selling your house, there’s no substitute for a good, thorough cleaning to create an aroma that will appeal to any and all buyers. Whether you do it on your own, or hire a professional cleaning service, giving your house a good deep cleaning before (and while) your house is on the market is one of the most important things you can do.