Do you mind if I smoke?

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.

Posted by

BethAnn Long ~ Spokane Realtor with RE/MAX Inland Empire


...there's no place like your home!

Spokane Homes for Sale Registered & Protected


This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the key to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

ActiveRain Community
Advice for Sellers
Dedicated Bloggers
The Lounge at Active Rain

Comments 18 New Comment

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
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
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
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
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

BethAnn Long

Realtor, e-PRO, Spokane Wa Real Estate
Click here for info on Spokane WA
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the car to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Additional Information

BethAnn Long Registered & Protected