Smoking regularly can be expensive, but could it have other unexpected effects on your finances?

 

A recent survey of Realtors® in British Columbia revealed that 76% of Realtors® believed prospective buyers were less likely to buy a smoker’s home, and over 50% of the Realtors® surveyed said the impact of smoking in the home could decrease the property value by up to 10%.

We talked to Realtor® Barbara Robin about the impact smoking can have when it’s time to sell.

 

Strong reactions

Barbara says a home that smells of smoke often invokes a strong reaction from potential buyers, and not the kind of reaction you want if you are trying to sell.

“In extreme cases, people will walk in the door and decide they don’t even want to look at the place.”

Even smokers who go outside to smoke may not realize they are bringing the smell back inside with them, and that odour can still be strong enough to leave buyers with a negative impression.

Ultimately, if the owner isn’t prepared to deal with the smell, they may find it becomes a point of negotiation, and the interested buyer will expect a reduced price based on the fact that they will have to do the work to get rid of the odour. Reduced interest in the property could also affect the sale price of the home.

 

How to sell for more

There is one obvious solution to this problem; get rid of the smell. Barbara says this can be time consuming, especially if the home has been smoked in for many years, but it is well worth the effort when prospective buyers come knocking.

Barbara says one of the advantages of hiring a Realtor® is they will look at your home before you put it on the market and give you a few tips on how to prepare it for viewings.

“For homes with a strong smell of smoke, I would recommend professional carpet cleaning and a thorough cleaning of other furnishings such as drapes and blinds. In some cases walls may need a repaint if scrubbing them down isn’t effective.”

Barbara’s advice – do the cleaning before you put your home on the market so you can make sure it sells more quickly and at the right price.

 

If you are getting ready to sell your home in the Prince George, BC area, get in touch with Barbara Robin or one of our other expert Realtors® at Team Powerhouse Realty.

Cam McLeod

Pursuing a successful real estate career in beautiful Prince George has been an amazing opportunity for me. I pride myself on high standards, professionally and ethically, and I work hard to get my clients the results they are looking for. Home renovation projects are a passion of mine, and I enjoy discussing how buyers can adapt properties to suit their needs.

I like to tackle projects that are both creative and technical, and I’m often tinkering with Hot Rods and motorbikes. I also host a local radio show, which has been a great way to express myself. I look forward to the future and to working with you to achieve your real estate goals.

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Chris Lodge

Hi, my name is Chris Lodge and I am in my sixth year of selling Real Estate in Prince George and Fort St. James. I have always loved houses, whether it be fluffing, decorating, renovating, preparing them for sale or selling them I am in my element.

I am professional, knowledgeable and personable and I would love to help you sell your home or help you find one that suit’s you needs. I try very hard to offer my clients a stress-less, drama free Real Estate experience. I will do my best to meet and hopefully exceed your expectations of a Real Estate Professional.

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Crystal Brown

My name is Crystal Brown, REALTOR® at Team Powerhouse Realty. My career as a professional agent began in May 2015. Since then I have enjoyed many successes in helping people buy and sell homes.

I have lived in Prince George for nearly 20 years. During that time I have been actively involved in the community through my business and personal life, and have also taken on a variety of volunteer positions. I have built valuable networks and a deep understanding of the city and its people. I use that knowledge every day when advising residents and newcomers on their next move. Great relationships are the foundation of true success.

I continue to look ahead to the future of real estate with excitement and determination as I see many opportunities for growth in my business, as well as in my community.

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Mark McVey

I am a long-term resident of Prince George and have been selling real estate here since 1997. I am CEO at Team Powerhouse Realty, a company I co-founded in 2007. I have a passion for helping people, and get great fulfillment out of negotiating the best terms for my loyal clientele.

I love sharing my real estate skills and knowledge with others, and am a Buffini & Company Certified Mentor. In addition to my busy work schedule, I am also actively involved in men's soccer, the Cinema CNC Film Festival and PG Roadrunners. I am also a RYT200 Certified Yoga Instructor.

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Steve Andersen

Like most realtors I began my real estate career doing residential sales, and since I live on a rural property I really enjoy doing the more complicated country property sales.

While I still enjoy helping buyers and sellers with their housing needs I have transitioned over to doing more commercial sales and leasing. I find this both interesting and challenging and feel my skills are well suited to dealing with complicated commercial/industrial/business real estate transactions.

I endeavour to provide exceptional professional service to my clients putting their needs first so they trust me, enjoy dealing with me and recommend me to their friends and acquaintances.

On a personal level I am married with two children, have lived in Prince George since childhood and have always been a real outdoorsman. Prince George has so much to offer, is a great place to raise children and I really enjoy taking the family on camping and fishing trips throughout the Prince George area and our beautiful province.

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Rolf Van Driesum

Rolf was born and raised in Prince George, BC. A previous career in construction and current involvement in the mining industry provide him with an unparalleled insight into market trends and commercial opportunities throughout the region.

Rolf is driven by a desire to provide leadership in a number of capacities, both locally and internationally. He is engaged in development opportunities in Thailand, Myanmar, and the Dominican Republic as well as in British Columbia. Rolf joined Team Powerhouse Realty in 2011, and has since become part of the management team.

Rolf is also a husband, father to four and grandfather to four. He is a member of the Westwood Church.

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Rebecca Worthington

I work by referral helping buyers, sellers and investors stay focused on their big picture goals while I focus on the details. Exceptional client care, current market expertise and strong negotiating tactics are paramount to my business. I specialize in family homes and investment properties.

My husband and I were both born and raised in Prince George and are now raising our beautiful four daughters here. This is a wonderful community to be a part of as it has so much to offer.

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