We all know that cigarettes are bad for you. Not only is smoking bad for your health and the health of those around you, but the smell lingers. And it doesn’t just stick around for a couple of hours. It gets embedded in your car, in your apartment, home. And, it’s not just the air that is impacted. The fumes and odor get trapped in your walls, your furniture, your fabric and your carpeting.
There are many DIY methods on the internet that disguise or claim to remove the odors. However, when you walk into a home that has been occupied by smokers, the vinegar or charcoal-based solutions that are offered, won’t eliminate the problems.
If you are a realtor, you understand the barrier that selling a home that wreaks of cigarette smoke or covered-up cigarette smoke presents. In fact, research shows that sellers who smoke in the home receive almost 30% below their asking price – if the home even sells at all.
The problem with third-hand smoke (the residue that is left in the walls and carpet) is that it impacts the value of your home – minimizing the buyer pool. Yes, you can open the windows, spray air freshener and deep clean. But, that residue still emits an odor that will turn away potential buyers.
While many people search for their new home prospects on-line, they will want a walk through before agreeing to buy. (Would YOU buy a home you haven’t seen in person?) And what a great disappointment for you, their agent, to have them show up to a house that they are excited to see – only to be met with a pungent, smoky smell.
Have you ever walked into a stale, smoky house for sale? Buyers – no matter whether they smoke or not – want a fresh and clean home.
If you’re the selling agent, don’t lose out on a great commission because of smell! Hire a remediation expert to remove all toxins and prevailing odors.
If you’re the buying agent, don’t let your clients miss out on their dream home because of odor. Negotiate the cost of a remediation specialist. We would be honored to partner with you to make sure buyers get the home they want without the lingering smells.
Don’t let odor stand between you and your dream home or your sale! Contact the experts at Sage Restoration!