People experience both bad and good via their senses, we all know this. So as we have now cleared, de-cluttered and hopefully created a thoroughly inviting space that they will love as soon as they enter. You do not want to fall at the last hurdle if it smells ………not so great!
Put some fresh coffee on, have a subtle vase of nice smelling flowers on the window sill, bake some bread. Yes I know these are all old age tricks, but they are still used today and still work. Remember you have taken away the pictures, the battered cushions and most of the things that make a home a home. Now you need to replace those feelings with nostalgic smells, like the above.
Word of warning, don’t over do it, you have no idea who is coming into the house so keep it subtle.
If it’s winter, light the fire or turn the heating up. If it’s summer, open the doors and windows. Show how you live in the space. Playing very soft music can also create relaxing and welcoming vibes
Above all, keep pets away if you can. Send them to a neighbour or friend. Put caged animals somewhere safe, but out of sight and give cats something to occupy themselves with. There is nothing more off putting than a bouncy dog trying to say hello when you enter. Or having a well meaning cat rub up against you and you’re allergic!