Having a home that smells pleasant is one of the finer things in life. There’s nothing quite like getting home from work and being greeted by a scent you love.
If you’re selling your Tameside home this winter, you’ll know that buyers’ love viewing a property that smells nice. As Christmas approaches, many sellers limit the decorations they put up to keep things looking like they normally do, which can mean you miss out on that Christmassy feeling. But a great alternative to filling your home with decorations is to fill it with a festive smell instead!
If you want to make your home smell like Christmas, here are three easy DIY ways to create a festive smell that you (and your buyers) will love.
1. Bake Sliced Fruit
A quick and easy way to fill your home with a warm, zesty smell is to make your own homemade potpourri using oranges, lemons and limes.
Simply slice the fruit, place them in the oven on a wire rack and heat at 200 degrees for around 2 hours. Turn the fruit every 30 minutes and leave the oven door open to let moisture out.
Once the fruit has cooled down, you can use the dried assortment to make a Christmas garland or add them to your dining room table to create a fresh, sweet-smelling centrepiece.
2. Make Scented Pinecones
Pinecones make great indoor Christmas decorations for sellers. They’re small, simple and create a festive, woodland vibe without too much effort.
There are lots of different ways to make pinecones smell like Christmas, like dipping the edges in wax or boiling them with cinnamon sticks. However, one of the easiest ways to make scented pinecones is to put them in a sealable bag, add essential oils and shake it up.
Afterwards, seal the bag and place it in a cool, dark place. After a week, your pinecones will be bursting with a strong scent that should last until Christmas.
3. Simmer a Pot
If you’re expecting visitors, simmering a pot is a great, temporary way to fill your home with a strong, Christmas smell. You can choose your own ingredients, but things like cinnamon sticks, tangerines, apple cider and vanilla extract work well together.
Simply add your ingredients to a large pot and fill it with water. Place the pot on your hob and bring it to the boil, before reducing the heat to let it simmer. Shortly after, your home will be full of a festive smell that lasts for hours!
If you’re keeping the pot simmering for long periods, make sure you add more water throughout the day as needed and check that it’s always a safe distance from children and pets.
The great thing about this DIY potpourri is that you can save it and reheat the pot again another day, which is great if you’re hosting multiple times over the festive period.
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