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How To Sell a Smoker’s House?

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Need to sell a smoker’s home?  A property that has a strong odour of nicotine can be incredibly difficult to sell.  This is because nicotine clings onto walls, ceilings, furniture, and carpets.  It is normal to see the walls turn yellowish colour because of long-term exposure to smoking. 

Houses that have been smoked in tend to have a much lower value because it is incredibly difficult to get rid of cigarette smoke.  So, how can you eliminate the smell of smoke within any home?

In this guide, we will cover the challenges of selling a house that’s been smoked in and how to sell the property in its current condition.

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How to get rid of smoke smell in the house?

Baking soda & white vinegar

One option is to try and wash down all walls and ceilings with white vinegar and scrub up well to remove any nicotine residue.  This is quite a labour-intensive operation, and each room can take several hours from preparing the room, emptying all furniture and scrubbing up. 

The cost of white vinegar will also quickly add up.  There’s no guarantee that this will work as it depends on the severity of smoking – for instance, if an ex-smoker smoked 50 cigarettes a day for 20 years, it is highly unlikely that this effort will pay off.

Placing baking soda in the room and sprinkling it across the carpet apparently can help reduce the smell – but this won’t eliminate the smoke odour.

If windows and doors have not been opened during the smoking time, then nicotine can get into carpets, walls, ceilings and well as any furniture, so the first step must be to clear any furniture and fixtures – such as curtains or blinds.  Open all windows to allow fresh air to come in, but as it does, you could end up inhaling passive nicotine, which can be dangerous.

The smell of tobacco can get into floorboards.  You could end up stripping the wallpaper, removing the plaster and redecorating throughout.  If your potential buyer is a non-smoker, they wouldn’t wish to be exposed to a strong odour of nicotine.

If smokers in the house ‘smoked like a chimney’ or enjoyed a shisha, hookah or occasionally smoked weed, then smell can get into all sorts of nooks and crannies within the house – including under the staircase and cupboards.  Even painting it over, the yellow nicotine will come through, and you are likely to require several coats of paint.

Girl smoke cigarette in the house.
Nicotine from tobacco smoke can cling on to walls, ceilings, cupboards, carpets, UPVC frames and soft furnishings.

Professional cleaner to remove cigarette smoke

You could instruct a professional cleaning company to do a deep cleaning and fogging to remove the smell.  However, old nicotine smell can take years to wear off and what you will need to do is allow plenty of ventilation by opening windows to allow the house to breathe again.

PVC frames for windows and doors tend to absorb chemicals, including tobacco smells and will continue to leech out the cigarette smell and toxins for years to come – unless they are replaced.

Your first step should be to remove all soft furnishings, including furniture.  You could list them on eBay for free and state that the house has been smoked in so it would only suit a smoker.

If you have inherited a smoker’s house, it can be a huge undertaking to start a full-on refurbishment to sell it.  Not only the cost will be substantial, and equally it could leave the smell of old tar behind if you aren’t careful.  What if you need to sell now?

How much does it cost to remove smoke smell from house UK?

The cost of hiring a company to get rid of the smoke smell can vary from £200 upwards for a small room and £300 for a medium room.

How do you permanently remove smoke smell from a house?

Mix one part vinegar with one part water and rub down the walls and ceilings of the smoker’s room.  Open windows to allow plenty of ventilation.

Sell a smoker’s house in its current condition
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Sell a smoker’s house in its current condition – what’s the answer?

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