Do you mind if I smoke?

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Inland Empire 77217

Q: Do you mind if I smoke?

A: (from Steve Martin on a Saturday night live skit) No, do you minf if I fart?

I will NEVER forget the first time I heard that. I literally could not stop laughing for DAYS.

But I was not laughing last night after spending 30 minutes in a VERY smokey listing. I smelled like stale cigarettes, my clothes needed to be washed, I had to take a second shower, my eyes were burning, my throat was mucked up, and my husband was complaining about how bad I smelled the second I came through the door.

Now I am very sorry if you are a smoker and you are reading this if I have offended you. Maybe you are wise and do not smoke in your house.

But the truth is that smoking in a home can decrease its value by thousands and thousands of dollars.

Most people don't smoke, and are therefore very sensitive to the smell of ciggarette smoke.

Many people are allergic to smoke. (me)

Smoking in a home is bad for all who live there, as proven by second hand smoke research.

We all have our habits and nobody is perfect. But if you smoke, may I suggest that you do so outside your home if you want it to maintain its best value.


Keep your home in tip top shape! Smoke OUTSIDE or... not at all.

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BethAnn Long ~ Spokane Realtor with RE/MAX Inland Empire


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Andrew J. Lenza
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Holmdel, NJ

If you pull the furniture away from the wall you'll see the outline of the couch or chair in some heavy smoke houses.

Mar 09, 2010 08:07 PM #1
BethAnn Long
RE/MAX Inland Empire - Spokane, WA
Realtor, CRS, e-PRO, Spokane Wa Real Estate

Andrew: ewwww

Mar 09, 2010 08:08 PM #2
Kim Logan
Kim Logan - Keller Williams Lake Oconee Realty


Mar 09, 2010 08:10 PM #3
Brian Kuhns
Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber - Fort Wayne, IN
Fort Wayne Real Estate by Brian Kuhns

Wise words...I will be celebrating 1 year tobacco free this Saturday and it's so nice not to drudge out into the zero degree weather to get a fix anymore.

Mar 09, 2010 08:12 PM #4
Mike Yeo
3:16 team REALTY - Frisco, TX

That is true. Most houses that we have seen over the years have not been a smoking house. Smoking in the house not only cost your health but also your home value.

Mar 09, 2010 08:15 PM #5
Scott Baker Coldwell Banker West Shell - Liberty Township, OH
Realtor Homes for Sale in Cincinnati, West Chester, Mason, OH Area

Smoked in homes are not good at all. I quit smoking December 4, 2004. I think I can smell smoke from 4.7 miles away. Amazing how I can smell it now. You don't want that smell in YOUR home if you want a decent price, there are too many other options for buyers

Thank you

Mar 09, 2010 08:21 PM #7
BethAnn Long
RE/MAX Inland Empire - Spokane, WA
Realtor, CRS, e-PRO, Spokane Wa Real Estate

 Brian congrats!

Thanks for your comments and input ya'll :)

Mar 09, 2010 08:24 PM #8
Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

OMG.... hard to believe that people would even think of smoking, or asking if they could.....TTFW  too tacky for words.


Mar 09, 2010 08:25 PM #9
John Thomas
E3 Green HOMES - Boulder, CO
EcoBroker, MSEE, MBA

Very good points BethAnn...It is really hard to get the smoke smell out of a house. I have seen it so strong that the walls turn yellow and the floors are stained. And it certainly makes it much harder to sell the house.

Mar 09, 2010 08:56 PM #10
John Mulkey - Waleska, GA
Housing Guru

BethAnn - I once did a remodel in a home where the owner smoked and the formerly white ceilings had turned a dull brown that required a special primer just to cover the stain.  Makes one wonder about the lungs.

Mar 09, 2010 09:03 PM #11
Richard Weisser
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale


Smoking really has a very negative impact on the market value of a property, so if health reasons are not enough maybe saving money is!

Mar 09, 2010 09:07 PM #12
Don Eichler
Eichler Properties - Granbury, TX

BethAnn, Every time I smell that awful smoke smell I remember that 1940-50's song.  One of the lines "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke that cigarette, Smoke tell you smoke yourself to death.  Tell St Peter at The Golden Gate you just hate to make him wait but I just got to have another cigarette."  THE END

Mar 09, 2010 09:11 PM #13
BethAnn Long
RE/MAX Inland Empire - Spokane, WA
Realtor, CRS, e-PRO, Spokane Wa Real Estate

Don, great song lol!

I sure appriciate all the comments!

Mar 09, 2010 09:28 PM #14
Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

BethAnn~ I was thrilled when Denver went non-smoking in all buildings.  I take it for granted now.  Great post.

Mar 09, 2010 09:30 PM #15
Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder

People should still be discreet about smoking outside the house. I pulled up to a house with a young couple and their baby in tow, and there was a man smoking in a chair on the front porch.  The buyers wouldn't even get out of the car.  And overflowing ash trays are unsightly to say the least, even if outside.

Mar 09, 2010 11:32 PM #16
Lynn Johnson
Coldwell Banker Home Connection - Owatonna, MN
Owatonna, MN Real Estate

BethAnn - we don't across homes like that as often as we used to, but it sure makes a home hard to sell.  Like you said it can cost a seller $1000s of dollars in decreased value.

Mar 09, 2010 11:32 PM #17
Jon Wnoroski
America's 1st Choice RH Realty Co., Inc. - Green, OH
Summit County Realtor

BethAnn - Another good post.  Yes, smoking does impact the market value of a home and there are plenty of buyers who are "turned off" when they enter a home owned by a smoker.  We also run into other lifestyle issues clients have that impact the market value of their home.  We have no control over our client's issues but we can serve as a solid resource for them by recommending things they need to do to get their home ready to sell.  It would be important to have frank discussions with them about what they can expect when their home is on the market.  There are remedies for all homes that have issues; it all depends whether or not our clients want to take the measures they need in order to correct them.

Mar 10, 2010 05:40 AM #19
Mary Wilcox CDPE, SFR, ASD, ABR
Reece Nichols-Mary Wilcox - Kansas City, MO
Mary Wilcox CDPE, ASD, SFR, ABR

That's the one thing I have not been able to persuede my listing clients to do. (stop smoking in the house)

The closest I've gotten is for them to make sure that there are no dirty ashtrays in the house before they leave for work. Adding to that, if they could dump them in a trashbag and close it and leave it outside as inconspicuous as possible.  (Because dumping them in trash cans throughout the home is not good...but dumping all of them in the uncovered kitchen trash (usually located near the front door (near enough)  is like SCREAMING "My house STINKS!"  :-)

Amazing addiction that it can be more important than 1000's of dollars to them. They are willing to go to incredible lengths to cover it but they just won't quit. :-(

Mar 11, 2010 09:37 AM #20
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