Going smoke-free saves you money - and helps save your building. Some interesting facts:
Save Your Building
• Maintenance Savings. Sanford Housing Authority Chart can be viewed here.
• Risk of Fire. Smoking is the leading cause of household fires. Of the property completely destroyed in 2002, an estimated $6.055 billion occurred in residential structures, an estimated $9.26 million of which occurred in apartments. (NFPA Fire Analysis and Research, Fire Loss in the U.S. During 2002.)
• Improved Resale Opportunities. Recent research suggests that smoke-free apartment buildings may have increased re-sale value, should you ever decide to sell your building. Agents who have assisted people selling or shopping for everything from starter-home Capes to Victorian mansions agree: As the number of public places in which a person can smoke has shrunk, so has the number of home buyers who are even willing to consider a house with smoking in its past. (New York Times, "Real Estate & Secondhand Smoke: On Tobacco Road, It's a Tougher Sell," February 8, 2004.)