Sell your home fast with these of­ten-over­looked tricks

Cecil Whig - - WE ATHE R -

If you’ll be sell­ing your home this spring or sum­mer, your Real­tor 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 poten- tial buy­ers on a very el­e­men­tal level,” says Char­lynn 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. Vanilla am­ber aroma crys­tals In­gre­di­ents: 1 cup coarse-grained, chunky sea salt

1 tea­spoon jo­joba or grape­seed oil (just enough to make the salts glis­ten)

25 drops Aura Ca­cia Vanilla Pre­cious Es­sen­tials Oil

10 drops laven­der es­sen­tial oil

10 drops sweet or­ange es­sen­tial oil Di­rec­tions: Mix salt and oils, pour into a dec­o­ra­tive dish or bowl and set out on a table. Plac­ing the crys­tals in a warm sunny win­dow or near a heat reg­is­ter will help dif­fuse the de­li­cious aroma through­out the room. Stir in ad­di­tional es­sen­tial oils to boost the scent as needed.

De­clut­ter even where you don’t think it counts

Your real es­tate agent will likely tell you to de­clut­ter — 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, less im­pres­sive and un­ap­peal­ing.

Like­wise, clean out your garage; it’s hard for a buyer to ap­pre­ci­ate the ex­pan­sive­ness of your two-car garage if that’s where you’ve stored all the boxes of stuff you re­moved from the house.

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 showers are metic­u­lously clean. Descale show­er­heads 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 are also 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.

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