Burning Up Your Home's Equity, One Cigarette At A Time

Reblogger Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Fred Griffin Real Estate Florida Broker BK436788

"A house that smells of smoke is such a huge turn off to about 99% of buyers - sometimes they won't even go in to look around.   And yes, sellers are often totally oblivious to the smell since they are used to it and can't believe it'd be an issue!" says commenter Nancy Conner on the Original Blog Post.



Original content by Doug Rogers BROK.995683208

Burning Up Your Home's Equity, One Cigarette At A Time

Home for sale in Pineville Louisiana

Besides the healthy risks to smoking, lighting up can be hazardous your home's equity as well. Got a home to sell in Pineville La that has been smoked in? Here are some steps to help reduce the damage.

  1. Stop smoking inside ASAP-- This means RIGHT NOW, 100% of the time. Even when it is cold outside, go outside to enjoy that smooth tobacco flavor. "Containing" the smoke in one room is about as effective as "low-Tar" cigarettes. Remember them?
  2. Replace or Remove All drapes and bedding-- That fabric has served as a "smoke sponge" the last twenty years. And grandma's couch? Better put it to the curb as well...
  3. Allow the house to breathe-- Weather permitting, open all windows and doors every day.
  4. Paint interior walls--Ever removed a painting from a smoker's house? Odds are the silhouette from the frame is still there.
  5. Have the Carpets Professionally cleaned-- Just like the drapes, odds are the carpet has collected smoke over the years. Be prepared to replace the carpet if cleaning does not work. And no, a flooring allowance is not a substitute.
  6. Replace any "yellowed" air returns, fixtures, and light switches-- Such items run off more buyers than an active Poltergeist.
  7. Have One Designated OUTSIDE Area for Smoking-- This needs to be an outdoor space well away from ANY entry point. And the garage is off limits. What if it rains? Then smoke in your car...Remove all cigarette buds from the premises. No, the lawn or flower bed is not your new ash tray.
  8. Burn an oil-based candle-- Such devices are great for absorbing odors. Provided you do not add to the problem by smoking again.
  9. Have Your clothes professionally dry cleaned--Yep, that stink is in your clothes. Guess what happens when said articles are placed in the closet and the door shut? Smells like a Waffle House Circa 1985...

If these steps fail, the sellers best bet is an aggressive price reduction. Essentially the price will be reduced to the point where buyers won't care that the home smells like an ash tray. Want top dollar for your home? Take the cigarettes outside. Need more tips on selling your home? Click Alexandria La Real Estate to learn more.

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Frederick Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker    







Tallahassee Florida Metropolitan Area    


Disclaimer:  Nothing in the above blog article is to be construed as legal advice, tax advice, or financial advice.  For legal advice see an attorney.   For tax advice or financial advice see a tax attorney, certified public accountant, or other qualified professional.


Rosemary Brooks
BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706 - Stockton, CA
The Mother & Daughter Realty Team

Fred these are some great tips.  Cigarette smoke is not cute at all and it does not go away.  Nothing like walking into a smoker's home and try to sell it to a none smoker.  Good luck.

Apr 13, 2013 11:35 AM
Roger Stensland
Keller Williams Realty Puget Sound - Maple Valley, WA
Let's Move!

Don't forget to replace the carpet as that is the only effective way I know to get rid of the nasty smoke smell.

Apr 13, 2013 01:20 PM
Robert Rucker III
Fairbanks, AK

Hello Fred,

 A house that smells like smoke can be a tough sell. Some people will not even go look.

Apr 13, 2013 04:10 PM
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

I have scent cannisters and Febreeze in my car and I arrive at showings and spray and turn on ceiling fans - keeping ceiling fans ON and changing furnace filters really helps

Apr 13, 2013 08:09 PM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

So true. I wonder if people are getting the message because I show fewer homes that smell like an ashtray these days.

Apr 13, 2013 11:31 PM
Mark Delgado
houses for rent, Solano County & Glen Cove - Benicia, CA
Benicia and Vallejo, Property Management, rental h
Wow. Just think of the expense of the steps described! This is money spent to undo the odors caused by the first money spent on the cigarettes themselves!
Apr 15, 2013 10:53 PM