We’re all familiar with the little things we do to prepare our home for guests, lighting scented candles or baking something that provides a pleasant aroma to our home. And when it comes to selling our home many of us are under the impression that performing these same tasks will help entice buyers to submit an offer. However, recent research has shown that when you are attempting to sell your home, playing the wrong type of music or the wrong aroma may actually distract buyers from making a decision on whether to submit an offer or not. Below we are going to list some things that you can do to help create a pleasant atmosphere that will be appealing to buyers.
• Make It Pleasant – If you are not a big fan of strong scents you should consider that others are not as well. If a buyer enters your home and is met with a strong scent, it will soon overload their sense and become the only thing that they are able to focus on. It is important that you choose scents that are neutral and not overpowering. Avoid anything that smells too flowery or too masculine. If you choose to have music playing in the background during an open house, you should also choose music that is soothing or relaxing and not too loud or obnoxious. If a buyer walks into a house that has music blaring from the stereo, they are likely to simply turn around and leave.
• Simplicity Is Important – When choosing scents for your home you should keep it simple. This means that instead of choosing a scent that combines different elements, you should instead focus on one singular scent. This will create an atmosphere that will allow buyers to focus on your home rather than the unpleasant combination of scents. This rule should also be applied to any music that you choose to play. It should have a tempo that is pleasant and slow, a selection that features an upbeat tempo has been shown to cause people to rush through a home without taking the proper time to look at everything it has to offer.
• Stay Consistent – Prior to hosting an open house or showing, sellers should take into consideration their environment and the season. You should choose a scent that reflects the time of year yet is not overbearing. If your open house is held during the holiday season, you do not want to overload your home with pine scented candles and holly scents. It is important that you choose one scent and use it throughout your home. This will be more effective and pleasant for buyers.