Of all the impacts that your home can have on your buyer, cigarette smoke is the very last one you’d want. This doesn’t just mean the smell -which, as we discussed elsewhere, is quite offensive to potential buyers – but the look of ash trays (even clean ones) and smoke stains on walls, cupboards, and otherwise.
This is also true for burn holes in carpeting and upholstery. Sure, you’re not selling your furniture, but the furniture that is there will leave an overall impression, so make certain that they don’t show signs of smoker’s damage.
For the majority of buyers, they won’t even want to tour a home if it is currently owned by a smoker. With that in mind, make sure to get rid of any “evidence” of your habit.
While this website is not about preaching to quit smoking, for all intents and purposes, your home should appear as though you’ve never smoked in it a day in your life.
Store all of your ash trays out of sight; clean all of the walls, ceilings, and other places that have smoke stains, and replace or cover any fabrics, carpets, or upholsteries that have burn holes.
If you must smoke, do so outside, and make sure that you’re not smoking in front of an open window that will simply let the smoke back in.