House For Sale? What NOT To Cook

House For Sale? What NOT To Cook

Cambria Bold
Apr 12, 2012

Fish is out, unfortunately.

Getting your house ready for sale is a stressful business. Repairs, upgrades, and keeping it spotless for drop-in viewings are just the beginning. We hate to break it to you, but you need to worry about what you cook, too. Home decorator Jennifer Schweikert tells The Washington Post that "people don't realize that they become accustomed to their home's odor... it smells differently, though, to potential buyers entering the house for the first time."

What's on the no-cook list? A lot.

The first rule: don't cook anything smelly. This means no spicy food, no broccoli or cabbage (no cruciferous vegetables at all, actually), no takeout, no fish, no eggs, no fatty or fried foods, no popcorn, and no organ meats. And forget about trying to cover up the smell with an artificial air freshener: "They don't really remove the odor; they just add an even stronger, artificial-smelling scent."

The one thing you can (and maybe should) do? Bake chocolate chip cookies.

Read More: The Do's and Don'ts of Cooking When Your House Is on the Market and What Not To Cook When Your House Is for Sale at The Washington Post

Related: What's the Best Way to Air Out the Kitchen After Cooking?

(Image: Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan from How To Cook a Whole Fish)

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