Entries Tagged as 'Bedroom'

The Cat’s Bedroom

August 6th, 2014 · 2 Comments

The seller’s cat has its own bedroom!  Cat food in the corner.  Two padded beds with a view out the window.  Cat tower.  And extra kitty litter.  This room is purr-fectly staged.

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Tags: Staging · Bedroom · Clutter · Phoenix Homes

Weird Dolls

August 5th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Simply bizarre.  A doll family.  Payson, Arizona home.

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Dolls made from towels?  Unbelievable.

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She collects plates.  From the Franklin Mint or Danbury Mint?

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She spent a mint on those plates.

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More plates in the bedroom!  They’re like tribbles; they keep multiplying.

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She also collects family photos.  And she has a gun/rifle.  When Grandma says, “I’m gonna shoot,” do you duck or say ”cheese”?!

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A rifle, a scythe, two saws, and a golf club.  Grandma’s ready for the zombie apocalypse!

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Grandma thinks the mammy cookie jars are a whimsical part of Americana.  What will some buyers think?

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Tags: Staging · Family Room · Kitchen · Bedroom · Fireplace · Stuffed Animals · Dolls · Other Arizona Cities · Rugs · Collections · Family Photos · Weapons & Firearms · Grandma's House

Trophy Life

August 4th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Someone won two big trophies. They weren’t for home staging.

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Nooooo!!  Knotted curtains!!!   Nooooo!!

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Four more trophies.  TV’s on!  Prescription bottles on display.  More family photos.

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Now we move over to the kitchen where we see two refrigerators.  And more prescription bottles within reach of children.

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cluttered kitchen chaotic disorganized poor bad home staging Mesa Arizona houses for sale photo prescription bottles two refrigerators

There’s a kid looking in the window!  A peeping tom!  Maybe he can help tidy up this house.

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No wonder this kitchen is cluttered; there’s only a few upper cabinets.

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There’s a 2nd washing machine out on the cluttered back patio and two dryers.

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There’s refrigerator #3.  In the full sun.  And a puppy in a cage.  Oh, and at least 5 bicycles.

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Five scrubby pads.

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Pringles potato chips make for a great midnight snack.  More prescription bottles with easy access.  “Mommy, your Oxycontin pills are fun!”

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I see baseball hats on the back of the door.

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The hangers are every which way.

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Tags: Staging · Bathroom · Family Room · Kitchen · Bedroom · Clutter · Window Coverings · Patio · Mesa, AZ Homes · Stuffed Animals · Pets · Back Yard · Family Photos · People In Photos · Entertainment/Media Niche · Hats

Before & After Mid-Century Modern Renovation

August 2nd, 2014 · 12 Comments

There’s a trend with house flippers in the Phoenix area nowadays to remove paint from the exterior of 1960s homes, exposing the gray cinder/concrete block walls.  Part of that mid-century modern look/theme that’s popular.

Before Front of House.  Built in 1960.  Sold to an investor for $231,000.  This is a subdivision (about 1 mile from my house) in which architect Al Beadle was involved.

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After Front of House.  The paint was power blasted away.  The minimalistic desert landscaping is typical of these types of flips.  Barrel cactus is almost a requirement ;-)   The house sold for $380,000.

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Before Kitchen.

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After Kitchen.  [Editor’s note: some readers are commenting that this is a small home.  It’s actually 1700 square feet.]

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After Kitchen.

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Before Family Room.

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After Family Room.  The house was renovated with energy saving materials, resulting in a G Home HERS rating of 85.

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Before Living Room.

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After Living Room.  From the opposite angle.  A Smart Home Auto System was installed; you can control door locks, lights, thermostat, security system & cameras, garage door, and water fountain from your smart phone or computer.

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Before Master Bathroom.

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After Master Bathroom.  LED lighting was integrated into the walls of the bathroom and other rooms in the house.

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Before 2nd Bedroom.

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After 2nd Bedroom.  The majority of homes in Phoenix have concrete slab foundations.  Homes built in the 1950s-1970s had stained concrete, the color of butterscotch or dark honey.  Many remodelers are tearing up tile and carpet to expose the stained concrete floors and then polishing the concrete as seen here.

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After 2nd Bathroom.  No before photo available.

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Before Back Yard & Pool.

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After Back Yard & Pool.  From the opposite angle.

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

Inspirational Message For August

August 1st, 2014 · No Comments

Let Michael Jordan motivate you in August.  He says, “I can accept failure.  I can’t accept not trying.”

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It looks like it reads, “I can’t accept not crying.”

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Tags: Bedroom · Mesa, AZ Homes

Moldy Walls

July 29th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Mold throughout this home.

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And in the bathroom.

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Water leak was extensive.

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Spraying bleach on it won’t solve the problem.

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If you want to see more mold photos, check out my post of a house with mushrooms growing on the ceiling.

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Tags: Bathroom · Bedroom · Phoenix Homes · Mold & Mildew

What Knot To Do

July 28th, 2014 · 7 Comments

Those dreaded knotted curtains are back.  And they’re badder, er, worse than ever.

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Here they are from a different angle.

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Knotted curtains are like a virus.  They spread to other windows in a house.  Notice the sloppy paint line at the ceiling.

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We don’t luv knotted curtains.

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People are now knotting bed sheets used as curtains.

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Either knot them both or none.  We vote for none.

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None, please.

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How is a buyer supposed to exit that door with a giant knot hanging there?

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Please make this trend go away.

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It’s knot a good look.

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Tags: Bedroom · What Were They Thinking?!?! · Window Coverings · Phoenix Homes · Other Arizona Cities · Glendale, AZ Homes · Chandler, AZ Homes · Entertainment/Media Niche · Make It Stop · Laundry Room

Before & After Renovation Success

July 26th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Before Front of House.  Sold as a short sale.  Bought by an investor for $55,000.

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After Front of House.  Once remodeled, it sold for $145,000.

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Before Front of House.  This house had only evaporative cooling.

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After Front of House.  Central air conditioning was added to the house.

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Before Kitchen.

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After Kitchen.

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Before Kitchen.  Notice the damage to the walls.

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After Kitchen.

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Before Other Side of Kitchen.

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After Other Side of Kitchen.

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Before Living Room.

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After Living Room.

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Before Bedroom 1.

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After Bedroom 1.

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Before Bathroom 1.

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Before Bathroom 1.

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After Bathroom 1.

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Before Bedroom 2.

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After Bedroom 2.

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Before Bathroom 2.

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After Bathroom 2.

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After Bathroom 2.

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Before Back Patio.

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After Back Patio.

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Bonus photos of the Before house.  Here’s the back yard with a water feature.

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The stair lead to an additional structure on the property.  Wanna bet they didn’t get a building permit for it?

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More damage in Bathroom 3.

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Another view of Bathroom 3.

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Laundry room or storage room?

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A big hole in the ceiling.

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Bathroom · Living Room · Kitchen · Bedroom · Remodeling · Patio · Phoenix Homes · Back Yard · Wood Paneling · Fixer-Upper · Ceiling · Drywall Damage · Vandalism & Theft

Short Sale Fixer-Upper

July 24th, 2014 · 2 Comments

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

It Made an Impression

July 22nd, 2014 · 5 Comments

This Phoenix home made an impression on our reader Jayne, but not a good impression.  This is the master bedroom, for example.

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The sellers trimmed their olive tree.  They lion-tailed the branches.  Also known as lollipopping.  It’s a topiary terror.

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Or it’s a spaceship on the bottom section with aliens waving around.  Thank you, Jayne!

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Tags: Staging · Landscaping · Bedroom · Clutter · Phoenix Homes · Wood Paneling