What Are The Best Candle Scents to Use When Selling A Home?
Thinking About Moving?
The time has come to pack up your things and move someplace new. It can be an exciting prospect to start over somewhere else with a fresh, clean slate... But first you have to sell your old house. Yikes!
There's a lot that goes into real estate... But one aspect you should never skimp on is SCENT! Scent is the sense tied most to memory, and a good-smelling home can go a long way toward making a good first impression on that potential homebuyer.
Cleaning your house is super important... But a great way to make your house smell amazing is to use a scented candle! The smell of cleaner can be pleasant, but there's no way it's going to give that warm-and-fuzzy feeling like a freshly lit pumpkin spice candle! Here's a guide to picking the scent that's right for your house:
You've Gotta Start Somewhere!
First and foremost, you need to make sure your house is thoroughly clean before you use a candle for ambiance. Although a candle can help to cover up smells, there's nothing worse than detecting a foul smell through the lovely scent of a Jackpot candle. This can actually send the WRONG impression to your potential customers and make it look like you're hiding something.
Before you show the house to potential customers, do a "smell test" around your home, being sure to focus on nasty smell zones like the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room. Before you light up a candle, make sure these rooms have a neutral smell. Your candle should be impressing people on its own, not covering up something foul!
Location, Location, Location!
So you've decided on a scent... Now it's important to decide where to place them!
You won't need to light up a candle in every single living space - that might be too much scent (considering how powerful Jackpot candles are). Instead, pick some high traffic areas in reasonably open areas. This will allow the scent to naturally disperse through your house rather than be confined in one solitary area.
Remember that candles should always be placed in an area where they aren't being hit by a fan or a breeze. Try your best to keep them out of the sun too. A kitchen island, large bathroom vanity, or bedroom side table are great ideas for locations (and are often the most powerful selling features of homes).
While we love each and every one of our Jackpot Candles scents, we don't always recommend mixing smells. It's fun to do in the comfort of your own home (pumpkin spice and cinnamon bun anyone?!), but in a key moment like an open house, a uniform scent through the entire house will convey a sense of cohesiveness and unity.
Rather than a mermaid daydream in the bathroom, eucalyptus in the living room, and fudgy brownie in the bedroom - think about the vibe you want to convey for your home. Light two to three of the same candle in strategic areas for maximum effect.
Send a Message With Scent
What kind of message are you trying to send to potential homebuyers? Is your home a warm and cozy farmhouse? A fresh and clean mid-century modern? Woodsy and green like a forest cabin? Or is it a beachside cottage? Different scents can send different messages!
Warm and cozy - We recommend a "gourmand" scent like Pumpkin Spice, Warm Apple Pie, or Cinnamon Bun. Nothing says "home" like the smell of mom's cooking! Note - these scents are often quite autumnal - great for fall open houses!
Woodsy and green - Trying to sell your home in the countryside? A floral scent like Lilac, Sweet Pea, or Lavender will make the inside of your home feel like your lovely woodland garden.
Fresh and clean -A scent like eucalyptus, mermaid daydream, or even ocean breeze can send the message that your home is fresh, clean, and move-in ready - these scents are also quite beachy - great for that beachside feel as well!