Does SMOKING affect the value of a home?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Godzyk Real Estate Services NH License 033394

They say a picture is worth a million words. Well, check out this home. Life long smokers are ready for a change. Their children have decided to move them out now as the stairs are too much. We did our walk through to get marketing pictures. The children knew the home needed some work, but this was eye opening to them.


The next step was to explain to them value. What the home is worth AS IS. Then how much would repairs cost to make the home be in average condition. The amount was high. I then showed them how much the home would be worth repaired. They loved the value, but just did not have the money to put into the home.


We agreed that we would invite all my cash buyers to the house. Have them each put their highest and best offer in on the property. With 7 offers the sellers reviewed each. They chose the highest and best offer that was AS IS. The buyer even told them to leave anything that they could not take. The price was higher than they imagined. They were happy they chose to list traditionally rather than accept the low "PAY CASH FOR NOW" offer.


It is important that every Buyer or Seller should not just choose any agent, choose the BEST agent for the job. Having an agent that works for you is a must. 


My philosophy is simple, provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process. All Agents are not created equal and every buyer or seller should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest. Those that hire me, find a dedication like no other.


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About the Author: Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of the Godzyk Real Estate Services in Manchester NH. Proud to be locally owned and operated with 34 years of experience, Scott is a leading Agent for Listing and Selling Homes in this area.We are Full Time Agents ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs. Servicing Hillsborough, Rockingham, Merrimack and Belknap counties. 






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Comments (42)

Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I went to a 5 star dinner affair held inside a prestigious restaurant that was inside a casino. You had to pass clouds of smoke to get to the eatery and then you needed about 10 minutes for normal breathing and flushing out the lungs. The food was spectacular! Won't be back even if it is free. It is harmful & a turn-off. Your posting is not limited to homes is my point and thank you Scott for sharing

Feb 21, 2020 02:21 PM
Anthony Kirlew

We have the same issue here in AZ. Many of the casinos have great restaurants, but some of us just about have headaches from the smoke by the time we reach the restaurant. 

Feb 25, 2020 08:09 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Last year we closed on a beautiful luxury home that was perfect in every way. EXCEPT the pool house smelled like smoke.  The owner bought a ozonator on the web and painted the walls and within a few weeks or so it was perfect once again. Smoke makes a big difference.  YUCK.

Feb 21, 2020 02:52 PM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

Gtrat job Scott,  Every seller will see the peril of listing with internet companies or cash buying investors.  The real value is always in the hands of a professional realtor.
The photo is indeed worth a thousand words.

Feb 21, 2020 02:53 PM
Caroline Gerardo
Sun West Mortgage Corporation - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

ewww what can you imagine do their organs look like inside? 

Feb 21, 2020 03:04 PM
Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
What can we do for you today?

Wow, the color change on the walls is amazing. One would not really think it would be that much change. 

But the answer is yes it does make a difference in the price one can achieve. 

Just as a car that is smoked in will not bring the value of one that was not smoked in. 

Feb 21, 2020 03:15 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Scott:

I'm glad that all worked out. I showed one smoker house and the buyer did not even go in - as soon as the door opened you could smell it.

I sold a trustee home a few years ago that had been smoked in - the sellers did what needed to be done with painting, carpet and more and we sold it.

I saw a listing a year ago or so where the agent specifically noted the house had never been smoked in.


Feb 21, 2020 04:53 PM
James (Jim) Lawson, DBA LLC - Bonita Springs, FL
Broker Associate, RSPS, BPOR, HI & PE

Developing satisfactory work-arounds for all parties is what makes an agent a true professional. Nice creative solution Scott!  

Feb 21, 2020 09:31 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Ugh!  If walls look like that from smoking, imagine what it is doing to lungs.

Feb 21, 2020 09:47 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Scott, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Feb 21, 2020 09:48 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

I am glad they found you Scott, you certainly have some great buyers who can help these sort of sellers who cannot afford to tackle the work themselves to get a home ready but are realistic when it comes to selling as well. Well done on meeting another clients needs.

Feb 22, 2020 03:03 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for sharing Scott!

It is important that every Buyer or Seller should not just choose any agent, choose the BEST agent for the job. Having an agent that works for you is a must.

Feb 22, 2020 04:24 AM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

I quit 20 years ago this month. Didn't smoke in my last appartment and it was too cold to smoke outside so I just quit. Certainly don't regret that I did.  Really stinks to me now and yes, huge impact on value.

Feb 22, 2020 09:51 AM
Anthony Kirlew

Congrats on your victory over smoking!

Feb 25, 2020 08:09 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Scott Godzyk 
Your posts are so powerful and clear -- love your stories!
All the best - Lynn

Feb 22, 2020 05:26 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

The walls make you wonder what their lungs look like. Smokers do kill house values and others with their second hand smoke. 

Feb 22, 2020 11:53 PM
Stephen Turner
Burkentine Realty Group (Burkentien Builders) - York, PA

Thanks for sharing and good points about the right agent for the job. I am curious to know how much the smoke affected the value? In my experience with primer and re-paint, ozone treatment, either replace or professional clean carpets it could be a $4K-$6K expense, Yet I would imagine at least a $10K+ bump in value.

Feb 23, 2020 07:54 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Thank you for the comment Roy

Feb 23, 2020 03:19 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I was thinking of that Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD.  

Feb 23, 2020 03:21 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

The smell comes back to me through the screen Keith Kyle 

Feb 23, 2020 03:21 PM
Keith Kyle

I think it was on me for a month.  My only worse experience was a flea attack in an empty house one time!


Feb 23, 2020 09:27 PM
Merv Edinger & Associates
Remax Nova - Halifax, NS

I have always said that there is a buyer for everything, no matter what the condition of the home or thing is. It is simply whether or not you can get the buyer and the seller to agree to the value & conditions. Smoking is a big deterent for the average home buyer though. With 20% of the population having scent related enviromental issues & 5% of those that may require hospitalization when exposed to such things as smke or scents, it certainly deters a large segment of the population from purchasing such homes. That being said, in recent years new products have become available to remove such offensive odours from properties. A local company, here in Halifax, Nova Scotia, offers a spray enzyme that safely &naturally breaks down the compounds that create these odours. 

Feb 24, 2020 09:19 AM
Anthony Kirlew
Group 46:10 Network @ eXp Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Helping You Make Fiscally Sound Choices

I bought a condo years ago and the prior owners smoked. It was well embedded in the walls and carpet, so all of the flooring was replaced and we had to do at least three coats of paint. Thankfully it turned out well.

Feb 25, 2020 08:10 PM