Okay, I know I keep harping on the importance of not scenting our homes with chemical-based fragrances and room "deodorizers", but I have witnessed yet another potential sale go south due to a buyer's violent allergic reaction.
Oh, yes, and I LOVE the commercial with the Realtor® who is dancing around with the bottle of Febreeze, exclaiming, "I use this in every client's home!"
Have you been anywhere public in society lately?
Have you seen the signs posted everywhere that warn us of existing "scent-sensitivities" and ask us to refrain from wearing perfumes and deodorants?
More and more people out there have, or are developing allergies to the chemicals that are in scented products. Yes, this means that those same chemicals are in room-deodorizers, fragrance sprays, and candles.
When selling a property, we all have the tendency to think our home needs to smell "pretty".
In actual fact, when selling a property, the best scent is no scent at all. Fresh air is your best bet!
If you really feel that you need a scent of some sort, there are many natural alternatives out there.
But, keep in mind we have to be very careful with natural scents as well. What is your first thought when you walk into someone's home, and you are hit with strong fragrance of some sort? I know that I immediately wonder what odour they are attempting to cover up.
Scents of any sort cause buyers to wonder what the underlying issues are. Do they have pets? Do they have a leaking foundation or roof making a mould smell apparent? Do they smoke? And the questions go on and on. Not a good foot to start out on as soon as the buyer enters the property.
A nice, spicy or flowery scent doesn't impress a buyer. It makes them think, "Oh great, this home is dirty and has issues somewhere."
And, I have news. Using even a little bit of Febreeze is not good. I find that people who regularly use this become very de-sensitized to the smell. I, for one, can smell Febreeze down the street from a home that has sprayed it. Inside a home where it has been used, I can taste it. My immediate thought when I smell it (or taste it) is, "hmmmm, I wonder what stinks in there."
Rhonda Wilson - CCSPTM
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