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From Smoky Challenge to Stunning Sale

Posted on: June 1st, 2023 by Chris Scott


We wanted to share a story of a recent listing. It presented a challenge we hadn’t faced before. The condo was permeated with cigarette smoke. We always rise to a challenge and this was no exception. We got to work assisting our seller with recommendations for alleviating the issue. Our seller was very receptive to our suggestions and we got to work providing a list of contractors to assist. Our plan of attack included the following professional services:

  • Smoke remediation
  • Painting
  • Carpet removal and installation of new carpet
  • Cleaning Services

We contacted a cleaning company, Ottawa Extreme Clean that specializes in extreme cleaning and smoke remediation. They used state-of-the-art equipment and products combined with highly trained professional odour control technicians. They cleaned all surfaces, carpet, tile, walls, flooring, etc. These surfaces were cleaned using a number of different techniques, including ozone treatment, vaportek, fogging, carpet cleaning, and many other techniques. It took about 2 days to complete the cleaning.

When selling a home that has a cigarette smoke odour it is so important to make sure that the smell is eliminated. A buyer can tell immediately upon opening the front door if a smoker lived there or not. We always prepare our listings to show at their very best and in this case, smell their very best too!

Once smoke remediation was completed, our carpet installer ripped out the old carpets and installed the new, fresh carpets in the bedrooms.

After that was completed, our painter went in to give a fresh coat of paint to the entire unit. We had to paint every surface including the ceiling. Our painter used a special sealant primer before painting. The final touch was a cleaning service, Mighty Mops, which made sure the entire unit shone.

The combined results of all of these efforts were fantastic. The unit successfully sold!

We are your local Ottawa real estate experts and are your main contact for any listing preparation you may need. We are here to assist you!

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