Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)

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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
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Cigar and cigarette smoke odor removal is easy with the OdorFree smoke odor eliminator and also in buildings that have suffered fire and/or smoke damage.

Ozone is very effective in smoke odor removal because it destroys smoke odors at their source. As the O3 is circulated throughout the room or facility it oxidizes the fumes and smoke residue adhering to surfaces and even gets down into cracks and crevices. The ozone will follow the same path that the smoke took throughout the building, so it removes the smoke smell from soft materials such as carpets, clothing and upholstery.

Dec 04, 2018 07:45 PM
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Bob Crane
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We use an Ozone machine.

Dec 04, 2018 08:23 PM
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Valeria Mola
SIB REALTY - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
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Oh my, I'd be so mad, if my neighbors will smoke in their condo. 

I remember, my grandma used wet towel to absorb it - some guest did smoke in the living room and grandma could not say 'NO" to that person. 

I would. 

I am sure, there are so many products on the market now. 

Dec 04, 2018 06:47 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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COIT Cleaning & Restoration does a WONDERFUL job, Margaret. Here is the franchise locator to see if there is one near you. 

They are also a good resource if you have a buyer with severe allergies and the sellers own dogs or cats. They clean the ducts and the rest of the house, from top-to-bottom. I've probably referred them to 20-25 clients and not one has had anything but, fabulous results from them.

Good luck!

Dec 04, 2018 10:04 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
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a big fan to blow it in the other direction?  

Dec 04, 2018 08:59 PM
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Michael Jacobs
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I have heard "promises/claims" but can't speak with any certainty. 

Dec 04, 2018 07:01 PM
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Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
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I love my RabbitAir Margaret!

Dec 04, 2018 06:51 PM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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Oh buy, I do not.  my neighbor smokes ... I have to close my windows when they are out because I can smell smoke a mile away.  Thankfully, it does not get inside my home.  I am sure you will find the perfect solution, Margaret. I wish you all the best with it. 

Dec 04, 2018 07:21 PM
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William Feela
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An ionizer may be your best bet

Dec 04, 2018 07:19 PM
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Fred Griffin
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   An air purifier (as suggested by Ricardo Mello).  Put it close to your front door, or wherever the smoke is coming in.  

Dec 04, 2018 07:17 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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Imused to think that an ozone machine would do that but if this person keeps smoking how can you stop the smell?

 

Dec 04, 2018 07:06 PM
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Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

That really sucks. One of the pitfalls of condo living. It’s too bad there aren’t laws that restrict smoking of any kind in multi living residence.

Dec 04, 2018 06:57 PM
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Margaret,

This product proofed me wrong.  I was skeptical and did not believe it would take the smell of cigarette smoke from a condo.  After running for 24 hours, the smell was gone.  Click on the link to view the product.

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Dec 05, 2018 06:00 AM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Tivoli Custom Homes - Minot, ND
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I don't know about the word absorb but I am a firm believer in Ozone generators that destroy all kinds of odors including cigarette smoke Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland .

Dec 05, 2018 05:38 AM
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
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I ran into that in a condo sale once. You walked into the hall and there was an overriding smell of tobacco. It was a huge negative and the association wasn't helpful. I don't know of any particular product that really works in eliminating the odor.  Will be interested in answers

Dec 05, 2018 05:09 AM
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Buzz Mackintosh
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Contact Art Hall at Pure Environmental Solutions , they may be able to help

Dec 05, 2018 05:00 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
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I've yet to find one that truly does the job, Margaret. I know ozone is used by professionals to kill odors, but don't know how one would do it for second hand smoke.

Dec 05, 2018 04:15 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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In a condo where odors can permiate the walls, i was in your shoes. I used an AIR PURIFIER that worked well. 

 

 

Dec 05, 2018 05:25 AM
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Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
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My clothes, but I have limited availability. 

Dec 05, 2018 05:06 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
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For light smoke Ozone can be a solution.

For heavy 20 year smoke problems, elbow grease and rip out is the only solution.

If the instrusion is facilitated by a shared stack, the association should be called for remediation of cause.

Dec 05, 2018 04:59 AM
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Richard Weeks
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I have nothing to add; however, looks like you have some good suggestions.

Dec 05, 2018 04:49 AM
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Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
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We have a Ozone machine that eliminates all traces of smoke, it destroys it and does not just cover it up.

Dec 05, 2018 04:46 AM
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Roy Kelley
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You have some good suggestions.

Dec 05, 2018 04:40 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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Not sure there is a permanent solution to this problem. Hopefully, the nuisance neighbor moves!

Dec 05, 2018 04:36 AM
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Gita Bantwal
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No idea.

Dec 05, 2018 04:07 AM
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Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

Ozone works but the unit has to be unoccupied as ozone is deadly.

Dec 05, 2018 04:05 AM
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
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Find a buyer who smokes like a chimney and it won''t matter. Good luck airing out the neighbor's place you don't have listed. Yellow sap resin from nicotine on their walls and furniture reeking of smoke 'em if you got 'em two at a time is a real estate curse. A pan of brownies fresh out of the oven is no longer a secret weapon to woo the buyer who's eyes hurt from the stale smoke in the air. Lower the price is all you can do.

Dec 05, 2018 03:52 AM
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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I have heard that nothing really works outside of a smelly paint job in the inside and that is only temporary, so I would be interested on what others have found...Endre

Dec 04, 2018 11:17 PM
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Bob Crane Thanks. What brand do you use?

Dec 04, 2018 08:44 PM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
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So sorry that you have to endure the smoke. Ugh!

Dec 04, 2018 07:42 PM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I've been told a professional ozone treatment can work.

Dec 05, 2018 06:31 AM
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Maria Sapio
Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Thank you for the question - and tank you Evelina Tsigelnitskaya for your response.

Dec 05, 2018 05:18 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
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I think there are ways to stop occupants from smoking indoors, but probably varies by state, building and condo regs, and lease. Are neighbors owners or tenants? If renters, I'd check with landlord to see if lease terms say no smoking. That could even show in the MLS when unit was listed for rent. Also, there are laws protecting kids from second hand smoke.

 Anyway, for absorbing odors, food grade lime or lots of baking soda can help. Running a dehumidifier or air purifier/ air filtration system can help some. I doubt if either will totally eliminate all the smoke and odors.

 Depending on how the smoke is entering, an exhaust fan system along the wall of the smoking neighbors could help.

https://no-smoke.org/resources-tools-smokefree-multi-unit-housing/

There are also some plants that help absorb odors, so that might be another option to consider.  https://www.mnn.com/health/healthy-spaces/stories/cleaning-cigarette-smells-with-plants

Amicus Green over in Kensington MD I think still sells this product that supposedlt absords odors. Might be worth trying a few out. https://www.amicusgreen.com/store/p111/Moso_Natural_Air_Purifier.html

Dec 05, 2018 05:10 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
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This is a problem that I know associations have had to deal with in my area. It includes 2nd hand smoke BTW & they have went to court to have it stopped & won. It is also a village code.

I have used smoke bomb kind of stuff that works. Will come back with answer. 

Dec 05, 2018 06:43 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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I use the pure essential oils with a diffuser in my listings. It is always great to have a good aroma at the property. 

Dec 05, 2018 11:24 PM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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Lungs?

Dec 05, 2018 02:08 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
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TSP will remove it from walls or surfaces. Ly or pinesol will compete with it. 

Dec 05, 2018 02:03 PM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
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An ozone treatment works effectively and costs $300 to $500 for a 2,000 SF home.

Dec 05, 2018 12:48 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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good recommendation from Evelina Tsigelnitskaya 

Dec 05, 2018 10:59 AM
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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, I listed and sold a home with awful cigarette smoke odor. Used an ozone generator, I could still smell it so the owner had the house painted, ducts cleaned and ran the air purifier for several weeks. 

Dec 05, 2018 09:01 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
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Sorry, I'm not familiar with any products that can help.  I've not experienced this issue.  If they're friendly with the neighbors, maybe ask them to relocate where they smoke while the unit is up for sale.  Neighbor MAY be willing to do that if they're friendly and it's approached in the right way.

Dec 05, 2018 08:58 AM
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Sam Shueh
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland 

Try this link for an affordable method and source:

SMOKE REMOVAL

Dec 05, 2018 08:24 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Margaret,

It looks like you have wonderful suggestions.  I learned a lot from all the comments. A

Dec 05, 2018 08:06 AM
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

It is always nice to know this information!  

Dec 08, 2018 10:58 AM
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Will Hamm
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I have luck with 2 one pound open coffee cans.

Dec 06, 2018 01:03 PM