Do you mind if I smoke?

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Inland Empire 77217

Q: Do you mind if I smoke?

A: (from Steve Martin on a Saturday night live skit) No, do you minf if I fart?

I will NEVER forget the first time I heard that. I literally could not stop laughing for DAYS.

But I was not laughing last night after spending 30 minutes in a VERY smokey listing. I smelled like stale cigarettes, my clothes needed to be washed, I had to take a second shower, my eyes were burning, my throat was mucked up, and my husband was complaining about how bad I smelled the second I came through the door.

Now I am very sorry if you are a smoker and you are reading this if I have offended you. Maybe you are wise and do not smoke in your house.

But the truth is that smoking in a home can decrease its value by thousands and thousands of dollars.

Most people don't smoke, and are therefore very sensitive to the smell of ciggarette smoke.

Many people are allergic to smoke. (me)

Smoking in a home is bad for all who live there, as proven by second hand smoke research.

We all have our habits and nobody is perfect. But if you smoke, may I suggest that you do so outside your home if you want it to maintain its best value.

 

Keep your home in tip top shape! Smoke OUTSIDE or... not at all.

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BethAnn Long ~ Spokane Realtor with RE/MAX Inland Empire

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Rainer
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Andrew J. Lenza
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

If you pull the furniture away from the wall you'll see the outline of the couch or chair in some heavy smoke houses.

March 09, 2010 08:07 PM
Rainmaker
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BethAnn Long
Realtor, CRS, e-PRO, Spokane Wa Real Estate
RE/MAX Inland Empire

Andrew: ewwww

March 09, 2010 08:08 PM
Rainmaker
158,601
Kim Logan
Kim Logan - Keller Williams Lake Oconee Realty
KELLER WILLIAMS LAKE OCONEE

I HATE HOMES THAT SMELL LIKE SMOKE!!!

March 09, 2010 08:10 PM
Rainmaker
192,181
Brian Kuhns
Fort Wayne Real Estate by Brian Kuhns
Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber

Wise words...I will be celebrating 1 year tobacco free this Saturday and it's so nice not to drudge out into the zero degree weather to get a fix anymore.

March 09, 2010 08:12 PM
Rainer
232,378
Mike Yeo
3:16 team REALTY

That is true. Most houses that we have seen over the years have not been a smoking house. Smoking in the house not only cost your health but also your home value.

March 09, 2010 08:15 PM
Rainmaker
221,210
Scott Baker
Realtor Homes for Sale in Cincinnati, West Chester, Mason, OH Area
www.eHomeReports.com Coldwell Banker West Shell

Smoked in homes are not good at all. I quit smoking December 4, 2004. I think I can smell smoke from 4.7 miles away. Amazing how I can smell it now. You don't want that smell in YOUR home if you want a decent price, there are too many other options for buyers

Thank you

March 09, 2010 08:21 PM
Rainmaker
266,719
BethAnn Long
Realtor, CRS, e-PRO, Spokane Wa Real Estate
RE/MAX Inland Empire

 Brian congrats!

Thanks for your comments and input ya'll :)

March 09, 2010 08:24 PM
Rainmaker
506,195
Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate

OMG.... hard to believe that people would even think of smoking, or asking if they could.....TTFW  too tacky for words.

Patricia

March 09, 2010 08:25 PM
Rainmaker
267,701
John Thomas
EcoBroker, MSEE, MBA
E3 Green HOMES

Very good points BethAnn...It is really hard to get the smoke smell out of a house. I have seen it so strong that the walls turn yellow and the floors are stained. And it certainly makes it much harder to sell the house.

March 09, 2010 08:56 PM
Rainmaker
453,501
John Mulkey
Housing Guru
TheHousingGuru.com

BethAnn - I once did a remodel in a home where the owner smoked and the formerly white ceilings had turned a dull brown that required a special primer just to cover the stain.  Makes one wonder about the lungs.

March 09, 2010 09:03 PM
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Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers

BethAnn....

Smoking really has a very negative impact on the market value of a property, so if health reasons are not enough maybe saving money is!

March 09, 2010 09:07 PM
Rainmaker
255,717
Don Eichler
Century 21 Shirley Hooks, Inc.

BethAnn, Every time I smell that awful smoke smell I remember that 1940-50's song.  One of the lines "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke that cigarette, Smoke tell you smoke yourself to death.  Tell St Peter at The Golden Gate you just hate to make him wait but I just got to have another cigarette."  THE END

March 09, 2010 09:11 PM
Rainmaker
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BethAnn Long
Realtor, CRS, e-PRO, Spokane Wa Real Estate
RE/MAX Inland Empire

Don, great song lol!

I sure appriciate all the comments!

March 09, 2010 09:28 PM
Rainmaker
631,848
Dawn A Fabiszak
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!
Keller Williams Real Estate ( Denver metro area, Colorado

BethAnn~ I was thrilled when Denver went non-smoking in all buildings.  I take it for granted now.  Great post.

March 09, 2010 09:30 PM
Rainmaker
653,973
Joetta Fort
Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder
The DiGiorgio Group

People should still be discreet about smoking outside the house. I pulled up to a house with a young couple and their baby in tow, and there was a man smoking in a chair on the front porch.  The buyers wouldn't even get out of the car.  And overflowing ash trays are unsightly to say the least, even if outside.

March 09, 2010 11:32 PM
Rainmaker
92,120
Lynn Johnson
Owatonna, MN Real Estate
Coldwell Banker Home Connection

BethAnn - we don't across homes like that as often as we used to, but it sure makes a home hard to sell.  Like you said it can cost a seller $1000s of dollars in decreased value.

March 09, 2010 11:32 PM
Rainer
131,967
Jon Wnoroski
Summit County Realtor
America's 1st Choice RH Realty Co., Inc.

BethAnn - Another good post.  Yes, smoking does impact the market value of a home and there are plenty of buyers who are "turned off" when they enter a home owned by a smoker.  We also run into other lifestyle issues clients have that impact the market value of their home.  We have no control over our client's issues but we can serve as a solid resource for them by recommending things they need to do to get their home ready to sell.  It would be important to have frank discussions with them about what they can expect when their home is on the market.  There are remedies for all homes that have issues; it all depends whether or not our clients want to take the measures they need in order to correct them.

March 10, 2010 05:40 AM
Rainer
47,394
Mary Wilcox CDPE, SFR, ASD, ABR
Mary Wilcox CDPE, ASD, SFR, ABR
Reece & Nichols-Mary Wilcox

That's the one thing I have not been able to persuede my listing clients to do. (stop smoking in the house)

The closest I've gotten is for them to make sure that there are no dirty ashtrays in the house before they leave for work. Adding to that, if they could dump them in a trashbag and close it and leave it outside as inconspicuous as possible.  (Because dumping them in trash cans throughout the home is not good...but dumping all of them in the uncovered kitchen trash (usually located near the front door (near enough)  is like SCREAMING "My house STINKS!"  :-)

Amazing addiction that it can be more important than 1000's of dollars to them. They are willing to go to incredible lengths to cover it but they just won't quit. :-(

March 11, 2010 09:37 AM
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