Survey Suggests Smoking in Home Chips Away at its Value
A survey of Canadian home owners finds that smoking in the home can reduce the home’s value at resale by up to 29 percent. The potential loss on a home could be up to $107,000 on the average home price of $369,000 in Ontario, according to the study sponsored by Pfizer Canada, a pharmaceutical company.
Fifty-six percent of the real estate agents and brokers included in the survey said most buyers are turned off by a home where the home owners have smoked. Twenty-seven percent say that buyers are unwilling to even consider a home in which the home owners smoked.
“Many prospective buyers are really put off by homes that have been smoked in and they can be very challenging to sell,” says David Visentin, a real estate professional and co-host of the W Network’s “Love it or List it” program.