So we all know that bad smells can make a potential buyer run the other way, but did you know that certain smells could increase the chance of someone buying your home? Just ask Eric Spangenburg. Spangenburg is the Dean of the College of Business at Washington State University and he knows a thing or two about smells. He’s spent quite some time researching the subject.

Smells That Sell on Kristi Navarre's Real Estate Blog

Put down the cookie sheet! Spangenburg warns that complex smells like cookies and potpourri (which have combinations of scents) make the buyer’s brain work too hard. It’s best to stick with simple scents.

According to Spangenburg, “When you’re in the real estate business, you want someone to walk in and want to stay in the house, so you want (the scent) not to be overbearing, but familiar. You want it to encourage revisiting, because sometimes it takes several visits to decide to buy.”

So what scent would that be, exactly? Here’s a helpful list!

Smells That Sell on Kristi Navarre's Real Estate Blog

Remember, no candle can totally overpower a bad smell. Sometimes a deep cleaning is necessary. Here is a great list outlining the process.

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