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Selling a house that smells like smoke



Selling a house that smells like smoke

Selling your house can be difficult, but it can be especially problematic if the house for sale smells of cigarette smoke. Potential buyers could be put off by smoking odours, and will be less likely to put an offer in on your property. Houses that smell like smoke may also be given a lower valuation by real estate agents. So, how can you remove the smell of smoke from your home?

White vinegar and baking soda

One of the most effective ways of removing tobacco odours from a home is white vinegar. While odour maskers like air fresheners may be a temporary fix, white vinegar actually removes them. Easy to get hold of, this substance cuts through odours, eliminating them completely. It is great for wiping down furniture and washing walls, floors and kitchen surfaces. Alternatively, try placing bowls of white vinegar around the room affected by the smoke and leave them for a day, which should remove the general odour.

Baking soda is also a great way of removing the smell of smoke in a home. Simply sprinkle the baking soda across furniture and surfaces, then leave a bowl in each room for several days to help it absorb any remaining odours.

Professional cleaning

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While it can be expensive, having a professional clean the house will certainly help you remove any lingering second hand smoke. A professional cleaner will be able to properly remove the odours through the use of strong cleaning products. They will also use window treatments to remove any smoke damage from the glass which would otherwise present a challenge to you. A cleaner will possess the skills and technical know-how to remove stubborn smells from walls and ceilings.


If the smoke has permeated through a room with wallpaper, the only solution to remove the smell is to redecorate. This may seem extreme, but unfortunately, wallpaper will hold onto smoke and no amount of cleaning will change that. Once the wallpaper has been removed, both walls and floors should be scrubbed and cleaned.

For rooms containing window blinds or lace curtains, these must be taken down and replaced as they too will hold the smell of cigarette smoke.

Selling a house that smells like smoke

Some real estate agents refuse to valuate homes with smoke odours, but here at UK Property Cash Buyers, we will perform free, no-obligation valuations of houses in any condition! Get in contact with us today to find out more about putting your house up for sale.

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