Entries Tagged as 'Family Room'

Lunch Is Served

April 20th, 2015 · No Comments

Please visit this Mesa, Arizona home.  The sellers have prepared lunch for you!

cluttered chaotic messy disorganized kitchen counters fixer-upper Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

It’s more fun to lounge on a bed mattress while watching TV.

cluttered chaotic messy disorganized family room junky bed mattress on floor fixer-upper Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

They painted the toilet orange.  Isn’t that a neat idea?

cluttered chaotic messy bathroom toilet painted orange shower doors broken fixer-upper Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

The junk is so evenly distributed, you’d think it was placed carefully.

cluttered chaotic messy disorganized bedroom clothes junk everywhere fixer-upper Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

There is a mirror on the ceiling.

cluttered chaotic messy disorganized bedroom mirror on ceiling fixer-upper Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

Is that a chore list?  1. Replace wood blinds 2. Install ceiling fan 3. Clean up room

cluttered chaotic messy disorganized bedroom exposed wiring fixer-upper Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

The palm tree trunk doesn’t line up.

cluttered messy disorganized living room palm tree trunk ocean beach mural fixer-upper Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

Freshly painted.

cluttered messy disorganized bedroom bad amateur castle painted on wall fixer-upper Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

Updated bathroom.

cluttered messy disorganized bathroom wig junk in bathtub fixer-upper Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

That’s a wig on the vanity!

cluttered messy disorganized bathroom wig fixer-upper Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

Such a shame they neglected this house.  Swimming pool and backing to a greenbelt.  A home flipper will want this house.

neglected damaged swimming pool with green algae water fixer-upper Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

neglected damaged swimming pool with green algae water fixer-upper Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

The garage.

cluttered junky chaotic disorganized garage fixer-upper Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

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Tags: Bathroom · Family Room · Kitchen · Garage or Carport · Pool & Spa · Bedroom · Clutter · Window Coverings · Mesa, AZ Homes · Faux Paint & Murals · Back Yard · Garbage and/or Junk · Toys · Fixer-Upper · Hall of Shame - Messy

Didn’t Get the Memo

April 10th, 2015 · 1 Comment

It is highly recommended that you straighten up your house before selling.  And remove visual distractions, like Spider-Man blankets.

Spider-Man blanket used as window drape curtain cluttered bedroom poor bad home staging Glendale Arizona house for sale photo

Repeat…no visual distractions, like Arizona Cardinals football blankets.  Or a bra on the bed.  Or wolf bedspreads.

Cardinals football blanket used as window drape curtain cluttered bedroom wolf bedspread bra poor bad home staging Glendale Arizona house for sale photo

Please turn off the TV, clean the ceiling fan blades, and unknot the curtains.  Yes, we see you, Mr. Socks, sitting on the bed.

knotted window curtains drapes TV is on cluttered bedroom poor bad home staging Glendale Arizona house for sale photo

Please remove kisses and frosting on the windows.  And maybe remove the mirrors from around the bathtub.

bathroom bathtub with mirrors around it frosted windows kiss Glendale Arizona home house for sale photo

Please remove the vacuum, the shelves (with full encyclopedia set) blocking the window, the blanket blocking the other window.  And the bicycle, the wind chime, and the dream catchers.

cluttered living room The Last Supper blanket used as window curtain drape bicycle dream catchers Glendale Arizona home house for sale photo

Please turn off the TV.

cluttered family room TV is on Arizona Cardinals poster Glendale Arizona home house for sale photo

Please remove the dogs.

cluttered family room Cardinals poster two dogs pets on couch sofa Glendale Arizona home house for sale photo

Please remove the hangers and the flyswatter.  And unknot the curtains.

cluttered kitchen flyswatter hangers knotted curtains drapes Glendale Arizona home house for sale photo

Just one lifetime won’t be enough time for us.

just one lifetime won't be enough time for us faux painted wall vinyl flooring coming up dining room Glendale Arizona home house for sale photo

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Tags: Staging · Bathroom · Living Room · Family Room · Kitchen · Bedroom · Clutter · Window Coverings · Pets · Dining Room · Glendale, AZ Homes · Bedspread

Too Cluttered For Buyers

April 8th, 2015 · No Comments

These five family rooms need help with home staging.  They’re too visually distracting for buyers.

cluttered messy chaotic disorganized family room poor bad home staging Phoenix Arizona house for sale photo

The sellers are hoping the toys will distract you from seeing the bent ceiling fan blade.

cluttered messy chaotic disorganized family room poor bad home staging toys bent ceiling fan blade San Tan Valley Arizona house for sale photo

Does everything need to be on display?  Stop clowning around.

cluttered messy chaotic disorganized family room poor bad home staging clowns Apache Junction Arizona house for sale photo

At least the TV is turned off.

cluttered messy chaotic disorganized family room poor bad home staging organ bicycles Glendale Arizona house for sale photo

They hid their bicycle behind the couch.  Do you like the chair in the corner?

cluttered messy chaotic disorganized family room poor bad home staging bicycle Phoenix Arizona house for sale photo

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Tags: Staging · Family Room · Clutter · Phoenix Homes · Other Arizona Cities · Glendale, AZ Homes · Ugly Couches/Chairs · Toys · Ceiling Fan

Short On Staging

March 24th, 2015 · 4 Comments

Another quality short sale!

dirty cabinet doors cluttered kitchen fixer-upper neglected short sale Phoenix Arizona home house real estate photo

The owners are hoping the bank will let them sell it for less than what they owe.

cluttered messy chaotic bedroom bedspread fixer-upper neglected short sale Phoenix Arizona home house real estate photo

Therefore, you would think the sellers would present their home in the best possible way.

cluttered messy chaotic bedroom bedspread fixer-upper neglected short sale Phoenix Arizona home house real estate photo

After all, they are asking a huge favor from their bank.

cluttered messy chaotic bedroom bedspread fixer-upper neglected short sale Phoenix Arizona home house real estate photo

Has little Susie been eating the wallpaper again?

little girl eating ugly wallpaper dirty couch sofa living room fixer-upper neglected short sale Phoenix Arizona home house real estate photo

The nicest room in the house.

cluttered family room wood paneling fixer-upper neglected short sale Phoenix Arizona home house real estate photo

Dirty bathroom.  Why would the bank be motivated to forgive their debt?

dirty bathroom walls fixer-upper neglected short sale Phoenix Arizona home house real estate photo

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Tags: Staging · Bathroom · Living Room · Family Room · Kitchen · Bedroom · Clutter · Window Coverings · Phoenix Homes · Pets · Wallpaper · Wood Paneling · Ugly Couches/Chairs · Dirt, Dust, & Filth · Fixer-Upper · People In Photos · Bedspread

Before & After Short Sale Remodel

March 14th, 2015 · 9 Comments

Before Bathroom.  A patient investor waited for this short sale and bought it for $57,500.

before after renovation remodeling project bathroom Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

After Bathroom.  Once remodeled, the house sold for $143,000.

before after renovation remodeling project bathroom Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

Before 2nd Bathroom.

before after renovation remodeling project bathroom Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

After 2nd Bathroom.

before after renovation remodeling project bathroom Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

Before Kitchen.

before after renovation remodeling project kitchen Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

After Kitchen.

before after renovation remodeling project kitchen Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

Before Family Room.

before after renovation remodeling project family room entertainment media niche Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

After Family Room.

before after renovation remodeling project family room entertainment media niche Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

Before Bedroom 1.

before after renovation remodeling project bedroom Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

After Bedroom 1.

before after renovation remodeling project bedroom Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

Before Bedroom 2.

before after renovation remodeling project bedroom Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

After Bedroom 2.

before after renovation remodeling project bedroom Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

Before Bedroom 3.

before after renovation remodeling project bedroom Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

After Bedroom 3.

before after renovation remodeling project bedroom Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

Before Front of House.

before after renovation remodeling project exterior front view Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

After Front of House.

before after renovation remodeling project exterior front view Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Bathroom · Family Room · Kitchen · Bedroom · Remodeling · Phoenix Homes · Pets · Before & After · Entertainment/Media Niche

Before & After Glendale, Arizona Remodel

February 21st, 2015 · 7 Comments

Before Back Patio.  Short sale.  An investor bought it for $49,000.

before after renovation remodeling project back yard patio Glendale Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

After Back Yard.  Once fixed up, the house was sold for $169,000!

before after renovation remodeling project back yard patio Glendale Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

Before Back Yard & Patio.

before after renovation remodeling project back yard patio Glendale Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

After Back Yard & Patio.

before after renovation remodeling project back yard patio Glendale Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

Before Family Room & Fireplace.

before after renovation remodeling project family room fireplace kitchen Glendale Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

After Family Room & Fireplace.  They removed the wall to create a great room.

before after renovation remodeling project family room fireplace kitchen Glendale Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

After Kitchen.

before after renovation remodeling project kitchen Glendale Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

Before Front of House.

before after renovation remodeling project front yard exterior curb appeal Glendale Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

After Front of House.

before after renovation remodeling project front yard exterior curb appeal Glendale Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

After Bathroom.  No before photo was available.

before after renovation remodeling project bathroom Glendale Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Bathroom · Family Room · Kitchen · Pool & Spa · Remodeling · Fireplace · Back Yard · Glendale, AZ Homes · Before & After

Like a Dream

February 4th, 2015 · 7 Comments

Thank you, Rodney, for finding this rental on Craigslist.  It is an explosion of angels & whatnot.

over the top gaudy too much stuff angels cherubs decorations décor bad poor home staging Mesa Arizona house for sale photo

If only they had evened up the window sheers.

over the top gaudy too much stuff angels cherubs decorations décor bad poor home staging Mesa Arizona house for sale photo

It doesn’t say if the house comes furnished.  Or dusted.

over the top gaudy too much stuff angels cherubs decorations décor bad poor home staging Mesa Arizona house for sale photo

It does say that prospective renters will be required to have a “baground” check.

over the top gaudy too much stuff angels cherubs decorations décor bad poor home staging Mesa Arizona house for sale photo

And also that the neighborhood’s “environment is upscalled.”  Rodney, I know you want to live here, so I’ll gladly write you a reference letter.

over the top gaudy too much stuff angels cherubs decorations décor bad poor home staging Mesa Arizona house for sale photo

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Tags: Staging · Bathroom · Family Room · Bedroom · Mesa, AZ Homes · Dining Room

Before & After – Empty vs. Furnished

January 31st, 2015 · 10 Comments

One of the most common questions when sellers consider selling their homes is, “Will my house look better furnished or empty?”  The answer is usually “it depends.”  As we’ve seen many times on this blog, furniture & furnishings can make or break a home’s appeal.  Today we have a great example to compare empty versus furnished.  However, the Before photo is probably the furnished one; the After photo when empty.

Empty Family Room.

real estate debate question which looks better empty or versus furnished Sun City Arizona home house for sale staging

Furnished Family Room.

real estate debate question which looks better empty or versus furnished Sun City Arizona home house for sale staging

Empty Family Room.

real estate debate question which looks better empty or versus furnished Sun City Arizona home house for sale staging

Furnished Family Room.

real estate debate question which looks better empty or versus furnished Sun City Arizona home house for sale staging

Empty Family Room.

real estate debate question which looks better empty or versus furnished Sun City Arizona home house for sale staging

Furnished Family Room.

real estate debate question which looks better empty or versus furnished Sun City Arizona home house for sale staging

Empty Dining Room.

real estate debate question which looks better empty or versus furnished Sun City Arizona home house for sale staging

Furnished Dining Room.

real estate debate question which looks better empty or versus furnished Sun City Arizona home house for sale staging

Empty Master Bedroom.

real estate debate question which looks better empty or versus furnished Sun City Arizona home house for sale staging

Furnished Master Bedroom.

real estate debate question which looks better empty or versus furnished Sun City Arizona home house for sale staging

Empty Bedroom.

real estate debate question which looks better empty or versus furnished Sun City Arizona home house for sale staging

Furnished Bedroom.

real estate debate question which looks better empty or versus furnished Sun City Arizona home house for sale staging

Empty Hallway.

real estate debate question which looks better empty or versus furnished Sun City Arizona home house for sale staging

Furnished Hallway.

real estate debate question which looks better empty or versus furnished Sun City Arizona home house for sale staging

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Tags: Staging · Family Room · Bedroom · Dining Room · Other Arizona Cities · Before & After

11 Months ‘Til Christmas!

January 25th, 2015 · 15 Comments

Our reader Fran found this delightful luxury home in Elk Grove, California.  Won’t you take a tour with us?  [click on the photos for full effect]

Let’s start in the bedroom.  Here we see an explosion of color and fabric.  And knotted curtains!!!

colorful tacky window drapes curtains pouf valances on bedframe too bedroom knotted fabric Elk Grove California home house for sale photo

Lots of Christmas decorations lift the spirit of the family room.

too many Christmas decorations living room cluttered look staging Elk Grove California home house for sale photo

Giant wreath in the living room.

too many Christmas decorations living room cluttered look wreath staging Elk Grove California home house for sale photo

Christmas decorations in the bathroom.

too many Christmas decorations bathroom cluttered look staging Elk Grove California home house for sale photo

Visual clutter in this room.

too many Christmas decorations cluttered look staging Elk Grove California home house for sale photo

At least the kitchen counters are cleared off.

too many Christmas decorations kitchen cluttered look staging Elk Grove California home house for sale photo

Christmas overload.

too many Christmas decorations kitchen cluttered look staging Elk Grove California home house for sale photo

The Presidential Suite!

Presidential suite president seal on carpet bedroom staging Elk Grove California home house for sale photo

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Tags: Staging · Bathroom · Living Room · Family Room · Kitchen · Bedroom · Clutter · Window Coverings · Ugly Décor · Holiday Décor · Other US Cities · Bedspread

Fixer-Upper

January 6th, 2015 · 5 Comments

This home needs a lot of help. There are a lot of details to iron out.

messy cluttered junky neglected kitchen ugly John F. Long cabinets dirty fixer-upper Phoenix Arizona homes houses for sale photo

Notice how the refrigerator is missing in the photo above and is now seen on the far right side in the photo below.

messy cluttered junky neglected kitchen ugly John F. Long cabinets dirty fixer-upper Phoenix Arizona homes houses for sale photo

Ugly, dirty cabinets.  Dirty ceiling.  Dirty kitchen.

messy cluttered junky neglected kitchen ugly John F. Long cabinets dirty fixer-upper Phoenix Arizona homes houses for sale photo

As we pan right, we see two cans of Raid bug spray and a knotted curtain.  Ugh.

messy cluttered junky neglected kitchen ugly John F. Long cabinets knotted curtain two cans of Raid bug spray dirty fixer-upper Phoenix Arizona homes houses for sale photo

In the next room, past the knotted curtain, we have to wonder how those books are still standing.

messy cluttered junky neglected family room damaged book shelf dirty fixer-upper Phoenix Arizona homes houses for sale photo

At least they are patriotic.

messy cluttered junky neglected family room damaged book shelf dirty fixer-upper Phoenix Arizona homes houses for sale photo American flag

There’s that knotted curtain!  It makes a statement.

messy cluttered junky neglected family room damaged knotted curtain dirty fixer-upper Phoenix Arizona homes houses for sale photo

The bathroom is less cluttered than expected.

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The curtain rod fell down before the closet shelf did.  Just barely.

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Dirty air conditioner vent.  Dusty & cluttered bedroom.

messy cluttered junky bedroom dusty fixer-upper Phoenix Arizona homes houses for sale photo

The living room’s a real treat too.

messy cluttered junky dusty dirty living room piano fixer-upper Phoenix Arizona homes houses for sale photo

The front of the house.

curb appeal front yard dead bush weeds neglected fixer-upper Phoenix Arizona homes houses for sale photo

The back yard.

back yard dead weeds patio clutter neglected fixer-upper Phoenix Arizona homes houses for sale photo

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Bathroom · Living Room · Family Room · Kitchen · Bedroom · Clutter · Window Coverings · Fireplace · Patio · Phoenix Homes · Back Yard · Wood Paneling · Garbage and/or Junk · Weeds · Dirt, Dust, & Filth · Fixer-Upper · Hall of Shame - Messy · John F. Long cabinets