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have long paid attention to the smell of a home, making sure the scent is pleasing to buyers to hopefully bring about a quicker . But new research suggests that some of the common scents may reach for in prepping a home for sale can actually turn off home buyers.

Some of the worst scents for open houses: Potpourri, chocolate-chip cookies, gourmet foods, and other baked goods, according to the .

On the other hand, some of the best smells: Lemon, green tea, cedar, pine, basil, and vanilla.

Researchers studied 402 people in a home decor store in to find which scents were the most pleasing to customers. Shoppers spent nearly 32 percent more when the store had a simple orange scent over a more complex scent of orange, basil, and green tea—all combined.

Researchers have applied the findings to provide insight into the smell of homes during open houses.

, dean of the college of business at Washington State University, says that complex scents, like baked goods, can be a distraction to potential home buyers because they’ll subconsciously dedicate time to try to figure out what the scent is. But at a real estate open house, you want a potential not to be distracted by processing a smell. “They are there to process whether this is a place they want to live,” says Spangenberg.

Instead simple scents — like pine, lemon, and cedar — are easier to process and less distracting, Sprangenberg says.

Source: http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-/2013/02/19/study-reveals-home-scents-help-you-

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