Entries Tagged as 'Kitchen'

Short Sale Fixer-Upper

July 24th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Short sales accounted for only 3.5% of all sold listings in the Phoenix metro area in June 2014, the lowest since June 2008.  Thank goodness.  They are typically neglected homes.  Here’s a recent example.  And this wasn’t someone who bought at the height of the market.  This home was purchased for $92,000 in 2001 with no refinancing.  It sold for less due to the condition.

Cracked toilet tank.  How does that happen?  Mildew on the shower grout.

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More problems in the bathtub.

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The baby sticks those yucky peas and carrots in the hole in the wall.

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Cluttered kitchen.

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Wet bar.

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The carpet is shot.

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A bedroom.

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There are a variety of items on display out front.  The wheelbarrow distracts you from the broken window.

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The previous photo was better than this one.  And that’s no bull.

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The swimming pool adds extra value to the property.

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Can’t wait for the new owner to transform this property.

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The roof on the addition is buckling.

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Another broken window.

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The security door is not attached.

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Tags: Carpet · Roof · Curb Appeal · Bathroom · Kitchen · Pool & Spa · Bedroom · Clutter · Phoenix Homes · Dining Room · Back Yard · Fixer-Upper · Window · Drywall Damage · Room Addition · Siding · Wet Bar

Backsplash Paint Smears

July 23rd, 2014 · 1 Comment

Want to spice up your kitchen?  Add colorful paint smears to the walls!

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From the looks of it, it should only take 3 minutes to complete.

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The artist sponged a bedroom ceiling as well.

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Tags: Kitchen · Phoenix Homes · Faux Paint & Murals · Fixer-Upper · Ceiling

Before & After Bungalow Renovation

July 19th, 2014 · 5 Comments

Before Living Room.  1930s-1940s bungalow.  2 bedrooms, 1 bath.  Was purchased in poor condition as a short sale for $39,900.

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After Living Room.  The wall to the kitchen was removed.  Once the house was renovated, it sold for $97,000.

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After Living Room.  Here’s what buyers see when they enter the house.  Buyers love open spaces and being able to see long distances.

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After Living Room.

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Before Kitchen.

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After Kitchen.

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After Kitchen.

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Before Bathroom.

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After Bathroom.  The size of the bathroom was doubled.  Not sure where they found the extra space.

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Before Bathroom.

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After Bathroom.

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After Bathroom.

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Before Bedroom One.

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After Bedroom One.  Because the walls are brick, it was difficult to add electric wiring through the walls.  They had to add electric conduit along the back wall.

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Before Bedroom Two.

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After Bedroom Two.  New windows.  But no electric outlets on two walls.

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Before Front of House.

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After Front of House.

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Before Back of House.

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After Back Yard.

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Before Roof.  This home had gas heat and evaporative cooling before.  Regular air conditioning and a new roof were added during the renovation.

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Before Basement.  Sorry, no after photo available.

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Tags: Flooring · Curb Appeal · Bathroom · Living Room · Kitchen · Bedroom · Remodeling · Phoenix Homes · Back Yard · Before & After · Basement

Ten Minutes & 3 Boxes

July 18th, 2014 · 5 Comments

Please let us tidy up this Mesa, Arizona home.  We’d only need ten minutes and some empty boxes.  You can time us.  1, 2, 3, go!  Remove the prescription bottle.  Remove everything on the kitchen counters.  Remove everything off the front, side, and top of the refrigerator.  And then remove all of the family photos in the next room.  Done!  Total cost: $0.  Benefit to the seller:  more buyers interested in seeing the home and higher offers.

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Tags: Staging · Kitchen · Clutter · Mesa, AZ Homes · Refrigerator Magnets · Family Photos

Step-Saver Kitchen

July 14th, 2014 · 2 Comments

You won’t have to take many steps in this kitchen.  Only a few feet to the washer and dryer, only a few feet to the stove and refrigerator.  And you’ll save even more energy but not wasting calories on opening cabinet doors under the sink.

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Tags: Kitchen · Phoenix Homes · Cabinets · Fixer-Upper

Renovation Before & After Photos

July 12th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Before Kitchen.  The investor bought this home for $70,500.

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After Kitchen.  The remodeled house then sold for $124,900.

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After Kitchen.

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Before Living Room.

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After Living Room.

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Before Bathroom.

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After Bathroom.

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Before Bedroom 1.

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After Bedroom 1.

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Before Bedroom 2.

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After Bedroom 2.

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Before Bedroom 3.

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After Bedroom 3.

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Before Front of House.

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After Front of House.

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Before Front of House.

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After Front of House.  Nothing elaborate or fancy about this renovation, but it boosted the sales price over $50,000.

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Before Back of House.

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Tags: Flooring · Curb Appeal · Bathroom · Living Room · Kitchen · Bedroom · Remodeling · Phoenix Homes · Back Yard · Before & After

Monkey Business

July 10th, 2014 · 9 Comments

Nice kitchen, but the monkey statue is a distraction.  Why is it there?

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It appears to be enjoying a Popsicle or a can of Coke, while wearing a cowboy hat.  Odd little creature.  What possessed them to buy it?  We’re curious, George.

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Tags: Staging · Kitchen · Chandler, AZ Homes

For Your Consideration

July 8th, 2014 · 2 Comments

It’s a short sale.  And the seller is sitting right there, watching TV.  Is there anything he could remove from this room to make it look more enticing to buyers?

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What could he work on in the kitchen during commercial breaks?  Clearing off the counter, sink, and refrigerator?

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And clear off the dining table and remove the multiple wall calendars?

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There’s room for improvement in the bedroom.

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Do buyers really want to see a urinal next to the bed?

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Cluttered laundry room.

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Tags: Staging · Living Room · Kitchen · Bedroom · Clutter · Phoenix Homes · Faux Paint & Murals · Dining Room · People In Photos · Laundry Room

Refrigerator Clutter

July 7th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Too much stuff on the refrigerator.  It’s visually distracting.  We’ll deal with the cow collection later.

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Sensory overload in this kitchen.

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Tags: Staging · Kitchen · Clutter · Mesa, AZ Homes · Glendale, AZ Homes · Refrigerator Magnets · Family Photos

Cabinet Post

July 6th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Thank you, Barb, for sending us this photo of kitchen cabinets in Chicago, Illinois.  They reminded Barb of the John F. Long cabinets seen in Phoenix.

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Thank you, Jillian, for sending us this photo of a Rialto, California kitchen.  The original cabinets (circa 1940s?) have been painted over multiple times.

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This Philadelphia, Pennsylvania kitchen has seen better days.

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Look!  A side pantry!

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Tags: Kitchen · Cabinets · Fixer-Upper · Other US Cities