If you make an appointment to show your home to a potential buyer, don't smoke.
If you make an appointment to show your home to a potential buyer, please do not smoke.
Why am I repeating myself? Because I could have sold a beautiful home that was priced right and had approximately $23K of equity available. Only problem is the sellers smoke and they tried to hide the smell by burning scented candles instead of opening the windows to air it out. The scented candles were tainted by the smell of the aforementioned cigarette smoke, so the home wound up smelling funky and stuffy instead of pleasant.
It was a lovely home. It had plenty of storage. Lots of nice original features... They even did tasteful upgrades. The sellers have nice neighbors and we learned quite a bit about them during our visit. My buyer didn't notice all the points of order because she was too busy being distracted by the gentle, sad and poignant monologue of what the family used to do in each room. The sellers where placing it on the market because they suffered the tragic loss of a son whose senseless murder made the newspapers. We had no idea when we made the appointment that this was the family because the listing agent failed to bring their mourning status to our attention.
We understood they were in mourning only after we arrived at the home (and I was horrified that my appointment caused them to stop what they were doing to rush home to meet us). When we realized what had transpired, we tried to view the home as swiftly as possible so they could get on with their day, except the parents are beautiful people and they just wanted to talk about their handsome boy who died much too young...
So we stayed, politely and silently choking on the "fumes" while expressing our sorrow for their tragic loss. We saw the backyard (translated: fresh air), went back into the home to quietly choke some more, then eventually left. My eyes were burning while en-route to my car. While parked, we commented on the fact that our clothes now smelled funny before driving off. Cigarettes and candles was not the conversation I wanted to be having with my buyer. We are truly sorry for their loss and hope if other agents read this they may carefully caution their sellers to air the home out before letting buyers in if they smoke.
I can not change a first impression.
If you make an appointment to show your home to a potential buyer, please don't smoke. Seriously...
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