Selling a Smokers House

The age-old question…How do you get the smell of smoke out of a house? When you inherit or purchase a house that a smoker has lived and smoked in it leaves a very pungent odor throughout the house. Fabrics, dry-wall, laminate, and paint all become saturated over time. This scent can become more pungent in the summer heat and less so in the winter, but no matter what time of year it is, the smell of smoke leaves an impression. 

Here are some tips and tricks to getting rid of that smoke smell.

Smoke will seep into the drywall, the easiest thing to do is seal it so you can’t smell it anymore. Use latex paint such as Keals on every wall and ceiling of a room that was smoked in. Don’t be afraid to put more than one coat of latex paint on. Once this primer has been applied liberally, paint over the walls with your new chosen color. Not only will this help get the smell of smoke out it will also cover and contain the yellowing that also occurs with heavy smoking. 

It is true that smoke rises, but in a closed room, smoke can fill the room and sink into anything and everything. Carpet is famous for soaking up the smell, but linoleum will smell just as strongly in a smoker’s home. Unfortunately, there isn’t much that can be done with this. The best option is to rip up the old and replace it. If that is not in your budget you may consider getting an Ozone Machine. These can be set in the middle of the room and switched on. This machine can be left for several hours and it will start to absorb the smell. Unfortunately, when this machine is running it is not advised that you stay in the area. Exposure to the emitter should be limited. Other options like carpet cleaners, baking soda, and even coffee grounds can be used in addition to Ozone Machines. 

The popcorn ceiling look was popular for many years. The way that the effect was created is with drywall mud. This is a porous material that is pressed to the ceiling and left to dry. Once dry this can be painted over. Unfortunately, mud is an excellent sponge for the smoke as it permeates the room. The best way of getting this scent out is to scrape the popcorn off the ceiling and then skim coat the ceiling with more mud. The popcorn will come off fairly easily. Apply water to the popcorn with a sprayer and use a large drywall knife and scrape off the extra mud from the drywall. Once it is scraped off and the ceiling is skim coated you can then paint it with Keals or another latex-based primer. One that is dry you can then apply ceiling paint.

Getting the smoke smell out of a house is a labor-intensive process that if you can not complete yourself you will need to hire someone to do the work for you. This is not going to be an inexpensive endeavor and there will be a lot of money in before you can get anything out of it. If you are trying to fix the house to sell consider a faster and often more lucrative plan of action. Consider Kentucky Sell Now. They will give you a fair cash offer for the house in “as-is” condition, smoke and all! Don’t waste time and money on a house that you’re not happy with, call us today! 

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