Smokers hurt their chances of selling…
…not to mention their chances of living a long and healthy life. When people smoke in their homes, the smell gets in everything. The foul stale smoke odor gets ingrained in the carpet, the curtains, the furniture, and even the walls. The heating and air conditioning system circulates the smoke to all areas of the house. No part of the house escapes the smell. Some folks think they can at least smoke in their garage but the smell comes through walls and seeps up through the ceiling into the rest of the house.
Most smokers don’t even realize their house stinks. Let’s be honest. If you smoke, your sense of smell is impaired, to say the least. Smokers usually can’t smell the odor on their own person – in their clothes, in their hair or on their skin, much less the odor in their house from the smoke.
As an ex-smoker I can speak with some authority on this subject. I smoked for 16 years and fortunately had the desire and will to quit back in 1993. Even when I did smoke, I had the foresight to not smoke in my house.
Within 6 months after quitting, my sense of smell returned to normal. Now, as an agent, when I go on a listing appointment or show a house to a buyer, and the smell of stale smokes hits me in the face when I walk in the door, I want to turn around and walk out and sometimes potential buyers will do just that. They refuse to even see the rest of the house once they smell the stale smoke. They usually make a face as if they had just smelled dog poop and then make a beeline straight for the door.
I usually tell a potential seller, that at the bare minimum, they need to at least quit smoking in the house while the house is listed. If they are offended by that request or refuse, I suggest that they get another REALTOR®, because I am not the one for them. For the agent/seller relationship to work, sellers have to be willing to make some effort to do what is needed to sell their house. If they don’t want to make any effort then I don’t want to work with them.
In situations where the sellers have smoked in the house for years and now want to put it on the market, the idea situation would be to move out and try to correct the odor situation. Once the house is empty, install all new carpet and paint the interior. Take my word for it, this will not totally eliminate the smell of smoke in the house, but it will go a long way towards dulling the smell down. Lastly, place some find of air freshener near the HVAC air intake vent to dull the smoke odor that has collected on the walls of the duct work.
Like I said, that is the “ideal” situation. Most people because of money, or timing, can not move out prior to selling. If that is the case, have the carpets and the upholstery steam cleaned. Wash all curtains. Paint the interior, and again, place some air fresheners in strategic places throughout the house. Do whatever you can to try to get rid of the odor.
There are also fire restoration companies that can bring in ozone machines that can also help in getting the odor out. It is an expensive and time consuming process, but may be what is needed.
The absolute most important thing that you can do if you are a smoker to try to help your house sell is to QUIT SMOKING IN THE HOUSE! That’s a no-brainer.
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