Home Staging and the sense of smell. The roast from last night, the cat box, that “basement smell,” overpowering deodorizers and air fresheners, vinegar, pine cleaner, ammonia, sweaty sports gear…all of these temporary odors really do distract potential buyers from seeing your home as theirs. Their sense of smell is something to consider when staging your home. As with decor and personal affects, neutral and clean aromas are better than super-strong anything. (I personally love patouli…however, it might be a bit too strong a scent for many.) Please do not use sprays to cover stink. We can smell both the fish dinner and the air freshener. Clean and Air! Really clean to rid the house of smells. Use a fan that vents outside. Crack some windows to air out the house. Once the offensive odor is gone, a light aroma is okay. I personally love scented candles. Pick one that is simple and clean…not too spicy, not too sweet. Even without being lit this can add a subtle scent to the air. Prior to a showing or open house, nothing says home like baking…warm an apple pie or some cookies in the oven.