If you’ll be selling your home this spring or summer, your real estate agent will probably talk to you about staging the house to maximize its appeal to buyers. Staging is a simple process that can have a big impact on how quickly your home sells and, realtors say, how much buyers are willing to pay for it.

If you’ve decided to stage your home for a speedier, more profitable sale this season, keep in mind these three often-overlooked tricks to make your home look, feel and smell great:

Employ aromatherapy

“Aromas significantly impact emotions, so making your house smell good is a great way to appeal to potential buyers on a very elemental level,” said Char-lynn Avery, aromatherapist and educator for Aura Cacia, an essential oil brand.


Avery suggests warming water on the stove with a few drops of your favorite essential oil such as cinnamon, clove, vanilla or orange. It’s a quick, low-cost way to create a welcoming aroma in your home. Deodorize carpets with a mixture of 18 drops of essential oil and 1 cup of baking soda. Or, you can easily create your own air freshener by mixing your favorite essential oils and distilled water in a spray bottle.

Declutter even where you don’t think it counts

Your real estate agent will likely tell you to de-clutter — removing extra items from kitchen countertops and from tables throughout the home, packing away family photos and excess knick-knacks. All those things are important, but what happens when a potential buyer opens the hallway closet, or goes into the walk-in closet in your master bedroom?

It’s important to declutter everywhere, not just the spots you immediately see when you walk into a house. Serious buyers will open drawers, cabinets and closets and if those spots are stuffed full, they’ll look smaller and unappealing.

Likewise, clean out your garage; it’s hard for a buyer to appreciate the expansiveness of your twocar garage if that’s where you’ve stored all the boxes of stuff you removed from the house. If you have a lot of stuff to pack away, consider renting a storage unit for a few months.


Clean as if your life depended on it


Kitchens and bathrooms sell homes, but even a hint of dirt in either room can wipe out a buyer’s good impression of your home. A deep clean is essential in these rooms, and will create a positive effect on multiple levels; your home will look and smell clean, fresh and newer.

In the bathroom, be sure bathtubs and shower s are meticulously clean. Descale shower-heads and glass shower doors, clean and polish metal drain grates as well as fixtures. Clean grout, mirrors and every crevice. Add a few drops of lemon or sweet orange essential oils to sink and shower drains to keep them smelling fresh.

In the kitchen, in addition to clean countertops, floors and appliance exteriors, make sure the inside of ovens, refrigerators and dishwashers also are clean. Since kitchen appliances usually come with the house, buyers may look inside them. Change the filter in your kitchen hood and make sure the light over the stove is working. Finally, while clean windows are important throughout the house, they’re essential in a kitchen where buyers want to envision themselves in a bright, welcoming environment.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.