What is the typical difference in value between a smoking and non-smoking home?

Asked by Gabe Fitzhugh, Lake City, FL Thu Mar 15, 2012

I've often wondered why seller's will continue to smoke in their home when it is on the market. What is the best (most tactful) way to tell them they should stop? Should I tell them they are de-valuing their home?

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Akil Walker, Agent, Upper Marlboro, MD
Sun Mar 18, 2012
I am not sure about the value of the home but non smokers are much less inclined to even visit a home that smells of smoke then those that do not. It would be best to ask them to smoke outside and put some air freshers up ASAP.

Good luck
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Tean Wong, Agent, Boston, MA
Sat Mar 17, 2012
It is part of staging. The home need to please the eyes and please the nose. It is equal to not staging the home.
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Carmen Brode…, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Sat Mar 17, 2012
I encourage my smoker Sellers to only smoke outside. In Arizona we have the benefit of beautiful weather so it isn't too much to ask. Most people fully understand.
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Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Fri Mar 16, 2012
There's an old addage; if it smells, it won't sell:
This includes cooking odors, insence, sweat sox, meth labs, dead bodies and smoke.
There is no place, that I know of, on the Appraisal sheet, for a remark about smoking; although there should be.
I have had buyers enter a house, take one whiff and turn around and leave.
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Don Tepper, Agent, Burke, VA
Fri Mar 16, 2012
Sellers continue to smoke because they're addicted. It's that simple.

Good luck on telling them to stop. Yes, certainly try. Don't expect any success. It's not an issue of dollars and cents (or sense!). They're addicted. If they're only light or moderate smokers, you can suggest that they only smoke outside. That sometimes works.

Ozone machines can remove much of the smoke smell from a house. (Hotels use them when a smoker occupies a non-smoking room.) You can rent or buy the machines. It's more cost-effective to buy. For an open house, you'd run one or more machines for 3-4 hours, ending an hour or so before the open house. Note: Ozone can kill plants and animals, so the house has to be empty when you're doing an ozone blast. But it breaks down quickly, while the odor-killing effects remain.

Hope that helps.
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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Fri Mar 16, 2012
Share with them the investor discount scale.
Investors LOVE stinky homes!
Why? Nobody else wants them! Even their agent needs to run home, shower and change clothes after a visit.
Stinky house? Minus 40%.
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Phil Rotondo, Agent, Melbourne, FL
Fri Mar 16, 2012
You'll find that smokers are more tolerant when you tell it like it is. If you skirt the issue you're wearing one.
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