The Smoking Gun: Why Hasn't My House Sold?

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Camco Realty

I just previewed a house yesterday for an out-of-town buyer, who was prepared to fly in to see it in person if it turned out to be what she's looking for. The house was a charming, funky, old-fashioned Santa Fe style adobe, bull of Southwest charm. Probably way more charm than I could even notice; I was way too busy trying to control my gag reflex long enough to get back outdoors before those lovely brick floors and banco got acquainted, up close and personal, with the remains of my lunch!

cigarettes

Yes, the house was a smokers' paradise, with eau de ashtray clinging to every permeable object!

Obviously,  I've encountered other such "Joe Camel" delights in the course of showing property. On occasion, merely opening the front door so assaults the senses that buyers refuse to even go inside.

Sellers, trying to sell your home while the house fits in this category is a sure way to limit your potential buyers to a small fraction of the real estate buyers out there! 

Many of us are really made ill by heavy cigarette smell (and if you favor other smoking options, it is not a plus either, whether you inhale or not!) You may not even notice it yourself, or you may be assuming that it's no problem for new buyers since they can simply convert the house to "smoke-free" when they move in, if they like. But non-smokers don't see (or smell) it that way. Even once you're out, with all your furniture and clothing gone, the old, stale, tobacco odor in the home of a heavy smoker is almost impossible to eradicate. It permeates carpets, window treatments, and sometimes subfloors and walls.

Lots of states and municipalities around the country, and certainly here in Albuquerque and New Mexico, have been enacting smoking bans in all public places. Car rental agencies and many hotel chains are also getting into the act. This is a big relief to those of us who are sensitive to cigarettes, cigars, and pipe tobacco. It also means we're getting used to that lovely fresh air to breathe, and makes it even less likely than a few years ago that we'll consider a property that has to be viewed through a cloud of smoke why we cough or gag!

If you're an indoor smoker, and your home isn't selling like the comps indicate it should be, this may be the "smoking gun." If you want to sell your home, and not take a beating on the price, consider some strategies to remedy the situation:

  1. Do a thorough cleaning, top to bottom, include washing all clothes and bedding, cleaning all draperies, and steam-cleaning the carpets.
  2. If weather permits, open all the windows and air the house out thoroughly for several days
  3. Rent one of those ozone generators that hotels use to get rid of smoking odors, expecially if weather doesn't permit the airing the house out.
  4. Most important of all: stop smoking indoors! Don't spoil that lovely clean air you've just filled the house with by lighting up indoors. Limit your smoking to outdoors, or perhaps to your garage of workshop. If this means fewer cigarettes smoked, that's all to the good, and your body will thank you!

Do something good for your health, your family, your home, and your sales price: enact a "smoking ban" in your home while the house is for sale!

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Rainmaker
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Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
Laura,  COuldn't agree more !  And how about the agent who is a heavy smoker and stinks up the office, car, meetings, etc ?
Jan 29, 2008 08:11 AM #1
Rainer
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Bill, I'd guess the agent you mention must be losing a lot of business. Even a lot of smokers don't always like to be surrounded by other folks' stale tobacco odor!

Jan 29, 2008 08:26 AM #2
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The eco-friendly thing to do is NOT to smoke    =00=

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Jan 29, 2008 03:48 PM #3
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Sandra Carlisle (Ayers)
Berkshire Hathaway California Properties - Newport Beach, CA
Real Estate Marketing & Sales

And while we're at it, can we ban the pets who use the home as their own personal piss palace?

 

Jan 29, 2008 03:59 PM #4
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Emily Johnston
Keller Williams Realty - Rancho Bernardo, CA

Laura-

EW, gross! I hate when that happens... Stale smoke is just nasty.

oh, and Sandra... the worst is walking into an REO where the previous owners have encouraged their pets to help ruin the house. It's just a terrible shame.

~Emily

The San Diego Real Estate Expert

Jan 29, 2008 04:35 PM #5
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Sandra Carlisle (Ayers)
Berkshire Hathaway California Properties - Newport Beach, CA
Real Estate Marketing & Sales

Maybe we need a line in the MLS describing the scent of the home?   Right there under the number of bedrooms.

 Smell Type...

Pleasant

Neutral

Smokers

Urine (pet or other)

Call Hazmat!  (or offer less)

 

Then, at least, you know what you're walking into.

Jan 29, 2008 04:46 PM #6
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Laura Warden Nordin
Century 21 Camco Realty - Albuquerque, NM
30-year Top Producer in Greater ABQ Real Estate
Sandra, I LOVE you idea! When can we get the MLS to adopt it? LOL!
Jan 30, 2008 03:16 AM #7
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Brian Warden
Choices Real Estate - Bosque Farms, NM
Sandra and Emily, you're right; pet smells can be even worse. I'd second (or third) the motion for a "smells" category in the MLS... and how about on the "feedback" forms agents send out, too?
Jan 30, 2008 03:23 AM #8
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