You are selling your Boston MetroWest home and you receive that call. You have a showing! There is so much to do before the showing, you need to clean and declutter, remove any personal touches. With so much on your mind before a showing, you may overlook an important detail- smell.


When getting ready to show your home, it’s important to remember how your home smells. So here are a few tips and tricks to make sure your home smells great.


First, bust out the baking soda. Before you start adding pleasant scents to your home, you need to make sure there are not any underlying smells that could give your new aroma a funky edge. Sprinkle baking soda over your carpets and couches. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then vacuum it up. You’ll be left with a clean slate. For hard to sprinkle fabrics, you can make a deodorizing spray of equal parts water and vinegar.


Second, cue the classic cookies. There is something about the smell of freshly baked cookies. Since you are going for the smell, rather than the cookie you can minimize your legwork. Just buy some pre-made cookie dough at the store. Bake the cookies so that they are finishing up right before the showing.


Third, simmer some scents. Boil a pot of water on the stove, reduce it to a simmer and add some easy pantry ingredients. If you do this an hour before your showing, your kitchen will smell amazing. There are simmer pot recipes online, but one of my favorites is lemon, rosemary, vanilla extract, and orange zest.


And finally, double down with a diffuser. If you’re serious about scenting your entire home, invest in a few diffusers. Simple reed diffusers are effective in small spaces, like a bathroom, but an essential oil diffuser makes a significant impact in larger, open rooms.


So if you’re selling your home and getting ready for a showing, don’t forget this important detail. How your home smells can attract buyers or push them away.



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