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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 St Helens home this winter, you'll know that buyers' love viewing a property that smells nice. As Christmas approaches, many sellers tone down the decorations they put up to keep their homes 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 know about ways to make your home smell like Christmas, here are three easy DIY ways to create a festive smell that you (and potential 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 the slices 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, use the dried assortment to make a pretty 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 ziploc bag, add essential oils and shake it up.

Afterwards, seal the bag and place it in a cool, dark place. After a few days, your pinecones will be bursting with a strong scent that will last until the new year.

3. Simmer a Mulled Pot

If you're expecting visitors, simmering a pot of hot mulled wine is a great, temporary way to fill your home with a strong, Christmas smell. You can choose your own ingredients, but things like red wine, 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 on a low heat 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 helpful if you're hosting multiple times over the festive period.

Are You Thinking of Selling This Winter?

If you're thinking of selling your home this winter, Burns & Reid are your local St Helens estate agents. Get in touch with our friendly team to chat about our services. 
Call 01744 752898 or email us at Or why not request a valuation,