Peace of the RockBeach Style Porch, Boston
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3. Make sure it smells clean too. Besides a home’s visual appeal, nothing triggers more comments than scents. Diffuse cooking, pet and musty odors by airing out the home with open windows or air purifiers. Comforting smells, like baking bread or brewing coffee, can be appealing to most potential buyers. “I always recommend fresh flowers. Cider on the stove in the colder months is a nice touch,” says Travis Gray, an Annapolis, Maryland realty agent at Coldwell Banker. But beware of strong spray scents, candles or other products. “Don’t leave plug-in air fresheners around your home. Some people are allergic to scents, and it only highlights that you have an odor problem,” says Monique Shaw, chief designer at Homes Sold Beautifully in Calgary, Alberta. Don’t forget: Pet foods, toys, litter boxes and blankets may have distinct smells. Stow these items or take them out of the house during showings.