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Selling Your Home? Here’s One Aroma That Will Help You Sell It

True or false…

When you’re selling a house, you should bake cookies before a showing or an open house.

I guess you could say the answer is a hard and fast “true” because, after all, it can’t hurt. Who doesn’t like the smell of freshly baked cookies?

But it’s also kind of false…

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.

If only it were that simple…

Picture (and smell) this — a buyer shows up to a house and the homeowner has:

  • Two dogs laying on the sofa (wet from being in the rain).
  • Five cats roaming around. They share one unclean litter box and use every piece of furniture as scratching posts.
  • A well-used ashtray in each room.
  • A teenage son who has a pile of gym clothes under his bed.
  • A freshly-baked batch of cookies on the table with a sign that says “Enjoy a warm cookie while enjoying our house!”

Think the buyer’s gonna want to grab a cookie, let alone buy the house? Nope. There’s more of a chance their son will figure out how to do his own laundry.

You’d think that’s far-fetched, but we real estate agents and our buyers actually walk into houses not too far from this reality.

The one smell that does sell…

Cookies won’t cut it. Nor will a cookie-scented candle. (Or any other candle scent for that matter.)

Pro tip: Some candles can actually turn a buyer off. Even if someone likes the smell of a particular candle, it may trigger curiosity about what the owner is trying to hide.

However, there is one smell that will help your house sell…

It’s called “clean.” But you can’t get it in a store, online, or from a late night TV infomercial. You can get the products that’ll get your house smelling clean from any of those places… but 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.

That doesn’t mean it should smell like ammonia or “Spring Breeze” cleaning solution. It should smell like nothing, actually. Or at as close to it as possible.

Obviously there’s more to it than that

A clean (and clean smelling) house is a good start, but there’s more to think about when preparing your house for sale.

Lots of homeowners do very little to prepare their house for sale, yet they expect their house sell quickly and for top dollar.

On the other hand, some homeowners go bonkers and do way more than they have to, or even should, to prepare their house for sale. These folks end up spending more time or money than they’ll receive in return.

The bottom line:

There’s a fine line between not preparing your house enough… and preparing your house too much. Always seek a trusted real estate professional’s advice on preparing your house just the right amount.

 

*Article Provided by the Lighterside of Real Estate

There is more to an OFFER TO PURCHASE than the Price!

 

– Confirm proper municipal address, postal code & LEGAL DESCRIPTION for correct registration at land titles.

– Review POSSESSION DAY. Avoid weekends if possible as mortgage lenders & lawyers are often not available.

– Review all CONDITIONS. Buyer’s conditions are for the benefit of the buyer, & Seller’s conditions are for the benefit of the seller. Common conditions may be financing, inspection, review of condo documents, review of mortgage verification, review of title and restrictive covenants, lawyer review & sale of a buyer’s home.  A rural purchase would have a many additional conditions such as water, sewer & subdivision concerns. Rule of thumb is that for either a buyer or seller, any concerns can be dealt with by adding a condition to satisfy.

– Discuss TERMS of an Offer.  Examples:  having the water cistern filled, the septic tank emptied or having the carpets, furnace & ducts professionally cleaned prior to possession.

– Review the amount of the DEPOSIT and when it needs to be received & the rules around the return or keeping of it.

– Review the CHATTELS (objects that are in the house and on the property), included or excluded.

– Review security alarm contracts & if you can/must assume the contract & any additional lease agreements that may be in force for appliances, furnaces.

– Review the REAL PROPERTY REPORT section & discuss the option of TITLE INSURANCE if needed.

– Lastly. If an Offer is written subject to selling the buyers home or if you are the buyer who needs to sell their home, review the time agreed upon to allow this to happen & any potential benefits and drawbacks of this type of sale.

 

Best practice it to get an experienced real estate agent to help you draft & negotiate an effective Offer to ensure a smooth closing!