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!
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:
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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