Can the way your home smells have an impact on how it sells? You bet. A poll by Canadian real estate company Royal LePage shows that the odor of a home has a huge impact on buyers, decisions about whether to buy a home. According to the poll, 53 percent of buyers said strong odors such as pet and cigarette smells had a stronger impact on their impression of a home than overall tidiness and cleanliness, strong wall colors or an outdated facade and landscaping. Here are some tips for making sure your home has good scents:

1. Don't mask smells with candles or potpourri. Buyers will wonder what odor you are trying to hide.

2. Keep the exotic spices and fish to a minimum when cooking the night before a showing. Work toward achieving a "clean" smell.

3. Remove animals and litter boxes from the property.

Getting rid of repellent scents is the first step, but some staging experts also advise using "homey" smells to entice buyers. After all, who doesn't love the aroma of freshly baked cookies or pie?