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Appeal to the Senses

There are many ways to create a more exciting and sale-able interior, at surprisingly little cost.

People react more favorably to property shown under bright light then dark.

  •  Keep windows clean.
  •  Use adequate wattage in light bulbs.
  •  Consider replacing old fluorescent lamps, which darken with use.
  • Use mirrors to magnify the feeling of light and space.
  • Use track lights to create a high-tech look.
  • Open drapes and blinds and turn on lights prior to showing.


Keep wall colors neutral and light

  • White, beige and gray are the most popular exterior colors.
  • Shades of white, off white and very light pastels are the safest choice for interior.
  • Avoid patterned wallpaper whenever possible.
  • Try to limit bright colors to accent pieces; fresh flowers, towels, rugs, shower curtains.


The sounds of peace and quiet are some of the best sounds to have when showing your home to a prospective buyer.

But the are other sounds considerations of which you should be aware.

  • Avoid barking dogs and noisy children if possible.
  • Also avoid sounds of work like vacuums, dishwashers and lawnmowers.
  • Make sure there are no sounds of mechanical problems like banging pipes or faulty appliances


Smell has more impact than you might think. It can work for or against you.

  • The smell of newness is positive. This scent can be achieved by applying a fresh coat of polyurethane to natural wood or latex pain to walls.
  • The smell of cleanliness is important to the selling environment of your house. Beyond actually cleaning, lemon oil or lemon wax can create a lasting scent of freshness. Fresh flowers can be very effective too.
  • Another great touch, place a dish of vanilla in a warm oven to create the aroma of fresh baked cookies or bread.

Smells to avoid include strong pet odors, tobacco, cooking and oil or gas.


Watch for more tips in the following days!


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