Smokers in a House on the Market

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Home Stager with JenJen's Home Staging

Do you have smokers in the family? Does your home smell smoky and musty? Here are some tips to solve that problem.

1. Stop smoking in the house, immediately

2. Professionally clean your carpets, drapes, and furniture

3. Wash the walls with a mixture of baking soda and bleach (easy on the bleach)

4. Spray Fabreze on furniture and carpets daily - I recommend Fabreze because it doesn't cover up the odor, it eliminates it

5. Do not use scented candles or any fragrance. This will only make the smoky smell sweet

6. Open the windows for a few days and let the house air out.

7. Stop smoking in the house, immediately

 

If the odor persists it may be necessary to paint the walls but if you follow the tips above your home should be fresh in a few days.

Good luck! Contact a Home Stager for more tips on how to stage your home for a fast sale!

 

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Mike Cooper
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Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc

Good stuff, Jenny.  I run into this from time to time and this is good advice.  I will definitely bookmark for future use!!  Keep posting.

June 08, 2011 07:52 AM
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Tom Bailey
Crystal Coast Realty & Home Services, LLC

Great post. You are right on the money with your tips. I will say there is one problem with the tips. That stop  smoking tip is easier said than done. Do you have any thoughts if the owners do not want to quit?

June 08, 2011 07:59 AM
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Jenny Loos
JenJen's Home Staging

Tom, I didn't say the seller had to quit smoking, just quit smoking in the house.

June 08, 2011 09:03 AM
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Marco Giancola
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida
Majestic Properties

Hey Jenny, good advice. Any tips for a seller that "cheats" and smokes in the house:) I told her she was just "cheating" her way out of a potential sale. Even great house become unattractive by that smell.

July 06, 2011 01:31 PM
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Jenny Loos
JenJen's Home Staging

Marco, they can use the FaBreeze outlet plugs.  As I said, I like Fabreeze because it doesn't just mask the odor, it eliminates it.  She needs to put one in every room and two in large rooms.  I suggest she put them out of site if possible.  We wouldn't want the buyer to think there's a problem with odor in the house when they see them in every room.

Best advice, as you already know, STOP SMOKING IN THE HOUSE!    ha!

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