Bake or not to bake?

dazzlemewithcolorAugust 31, 2010

Should I pop in some cookie dough in the over before a showing or not? I read that this may cause suspicion to a potential buyer and make them feel like you are trying to cover up an odor. No odor issues here, just thinking that fresh baked cookies smell wonderful!

Thanks for you input!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
sweet_tea

If you decide to bake the cookies, leave some on a plate with a note so they know they are welcome to take a cookie. Maybe leave a few paper plates and napkins so they can walk around with their cookies while looking.

Mmmm, I would love a few warm choc chip cookies right now.

Realize they might have little kids that possibly could get melted choc chips on stuff in your house.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2010 at 2:16PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
liriodendron

Everyone knows this is a cheesy stage dressing tactic. And beyond that, a certain portion of buyers will have diet issues/gluten intolerance/health concerns, etc., that make the "enticing" smell of cookies a distraction. I'd skip it.

(Plus it will make your life much easier to have one less thing to worry about pre-showing.)

L

    Bookmark   August 31, 2010 at 4:41PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
worthy

I frequently put a few drops of vanilla extract on foil in a warm oven. Similar effect. Not as fattening. (Besides, not everyone is keen on the smell of goat curry and oxtail!)

    Bookmark   August 31, 2010 at 7:12PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
lazy_gardens

My sister always gets suspicious when there are odor-covering tricks going on.

You may thing "homey" and she's thinking "are they covering up mildew or dog pee".

    Bookmark   August 31, 2010 at 10:20PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
krycek1984

I wouldn't...when I was looking at houses, if there was any sort of smell beyond a mild glade plug-in, I always suspected they were hiding something, especially if it came from the kitchen or basement.

And plus I wouldn't want to eat some random cookies on the table from a seller...I would feel totally weird about it LOL.

Although it is a very, very nice thought.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2010 at 3:08AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
patser

It's cheesy. If I want warm cookies, I'll go to a bakery.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2010 at 7:40AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
cordovamom

As a buyer I wouldn't eat them but also wouldn't think they were suspiciously covering up another odor. I don't think that cookies would disguise the main offensive odors of smoking, pets or mildew. I think they only mask minor odors like last night's sauerkraut. But I don't think it's worth your time to do it for every showing. Spend the time instead going over the house another 15 minutes to make sure it's clean. The cheese factor of fresh baked cookies may be generational. Seasoned buyers see it as a cheesy ploy, but my twenty something son saw it as a sweet gesture when he was househunting and gobbled up the cookies

    Bookmark   September 1, 2010 at 8:41AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
calliope

"Seasoned buyers see it as a cheesy ploy, but my twenty something son saw it as a sweet gesture when he was househunting and gobbled up the cookies"

Smiling here, because that's probably true. I get negative feelings about anything where it looks like somebody is 'trying too hard'. What turns me on when I go into somebody else's house is the smell of just plain old clean and fresh. Soap, Windex, Murphy's, furniture polish, wax, fresh paint, and especially fresh air.

I usually ran a dehumidifier in the unfinished basement the night before a showing. I had no funky odors or wet, but moist air brings out any smell and magnifies it. I also opened all the windows the morning of and ran the ceiling fans. Ran a moist mop over all the floors and gave each room a squeeze of Febreeze. Adjusted the stats from the 'hold when I'm gone' position to what would be comfortable for people, then closed it up and left.

Nothing sells a house like immaculate.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2010 at 2:14PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Billl

"Soap, Windex, Murphy's, furniture polish, wax, fresh paint"

yuck - you'd rather smell all those chemicals than fresh cookies?

Also, I'm not 20, but I don't think I have ever passed up a warm cookie. Ever.... Still, I think it is a bit over the top when people try to stage their house that way.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2010 at 2:59PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
gardenspice

I'm laughing because as I was reading this, I was thinking that men would be thumbs up on the cookies, women, not so much. I'm still wondering if those minature candy bars that the previous owner left out with the "help yourself" sign did not make my better half so sure about this house...

    Bookmark   September 1, 2010 at 4:54PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
calliope

You gotta laugh about the whole business. Buying/selling houses goes way past a simple business deal and you betcha no two people are on the same wavelength 100% of the time and we all have our own paradigms. The ironic thing is the house I was so careful to keep immaculate on a daily basis sold to a single man............with no cookies attached. And when I drive by there he always has his rugs out airing, boots neatly at the back door. He's more fastidious than I was.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2010 at 9:41PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
shaun

I had a pot of spaghetti sauce simmering on the stove during a showing years ago. That person bought the house and later said the smell of the Italian sauce was wonderful and made her feel like it was a real home. I didnt do it intentionally, I was cooking and the realtor called asking if she could show the house within the next 1/2 hour.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2010 at 10:24AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
adellabedella_usa

I toured a house a few years back that went way overboard. They had candles in burning in the fireplace in August and mints on the table. I liked the house, but didn't like the neighborhood. I was suspicious about why they were trying so hard.

When we sold our last house, I kept it as clean as I could and mopped with the apple smelling cleaner every couple of days. I have some pretty pottery bowls that I filled with fresh peaches, plums and apples and put out on the counter. Fresh fruit smells awesome when it is ripe and at room temperature. Some might think bowls of fruit are out of place, but it isn't for my family. I encourage my kids to eat stuff like that instead of junk food.

If you can find any nice smelling outdoor flowers, I'd plant some right by the front door where they have to smell them when they walk in. I had some beautiful roses by my front door at a past house. Someone reported back that it set the tone for the house as they opened the locks to get in.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2010 at 2:29PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
sunnyflies

I'm about to sell my Mom's older house which needs lots of updating and many brokers who walked through it commented on how well it looked and how nice it smelled. I'd just finished painting almost the whole place myself - moldings too - and had polished the old wood floors with undiluted Murphys oil soap which smells soapy, lemony clean. After reading this thread, I think I'll skip the cookie idea which I'd been toying with doing and just go with clean smelling.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2010 at 4:37PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
How do you value a pole barn?
Does anyone have a good rule of thumb for appraising...
weedyacres
Off market for 6 days, why? ncrealestateguy?
Hello, long time lurker, first time poster. I hope...
heather483
After months of preparation, house is now listed
This is such a big deal for us, we have been planning...
hollynla
Sell Home, Go to Court Or What?
This may be the first time I have posted asking for...
ncrealestateguy
pros/cons of first floor master
I've looked at several newish (1990s or newer) homes...
hairmetal4ever
Sponsored Products
Wilton Armetale Boston Large Oval Tray - 109804
$39.99 | Hayneedle
Patio Dining Set: Palazetto Lucca 48-inch Round Mosaic Patio Dining Set - Seats
Hayneedle
KRAUS Bathroom Tulip Vessel Sink in White with Unicus Faucet in Chrome
Home Depot
Denby Heritage Veranda Mixing Bowl - VER-110M
$78.00 | Hayneedle
24-oz. Brie en Croute - APPLE/PECAN
$65.00 | Horchow
Frozen Olaf Five-Piece Cookie Set
$19.99 | zulily
Stickbulb | Big Bang Floor Lamp
YLighting
Sculpted 3-Qt. Bake Dish Set
$19.99 | zulily
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™