Entries Tagged as 'Driveway'

Bottle Service

January 29th, 2016 · 4 Comments

Gatorade - The Thirst Quencher.

Gatorade water bottles filled with colored water lined up along driveway Apache Junction Arizona home house for sale

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Tags: What Were They Thinking?!?! · Driveway · Other Arizona Cities

Dirty Driveways

January 6th, 2016 · 4 Comments

Oil-stained driveway.

oil-stained dirty oil spots curb appeal Peoria Arizona home house for sale photo first impression

In case buyers didn’t notice the big stain, the seller provided a second photo showing more stains.

oil-stained dirty oil spots curb appeal Peoria Arizona home house for sale photo first impression

Buyers have to walk past the oil stain to get to the front door.  Would it make sense to remove the stain before selling the house?

oil-stained dirty oil spots curb appeal Apache Junction Arizona home house for sale photo first impression

This photo tells buyers that the sellers have too much stuff in their garage, causing them to park outside.  And it tells them the sellers don’t take care of their cars.  Do they take care of their house the same way?

oil-stained dirty oil spots curb appeal Glendale Arizona home house for sale photo first impression

First impressions at the curb.  Not a good start.

oil-stained dirty oil spots curb appeal Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo first impression

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Driveway · Phoenix Homes · Other Arizona Cities · Glendale, AZ Homes · Peoria, AZ Homes · Dirt, Dust, & Filth

Happy Halloween!

October 31st, 2015 · 1 Comment

Happy Halloween from Wickenburg, Arizona.

creepy skulls skeleton ghosts poster Halloween on garage door Wickenburg Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

Happy Halloween from Avondale, Arizona.

creepy skull painting Halloween Avondale Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

Happy Halloween from Chandler, Arizona.

creepy witch poster Halloween oil-stained driveway Chandler Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

Happy Halloween from Mesa, Arizona.

pumpkin Halloween kitchen Mesa Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

Happy Halloween from Sun City, Arizona.

pumpkin Halloween Sun City Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

Happy Halloween from Glendale, Arizona.

ghouls rule poster bedroom Glendale Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Bedroom · Driveway · Mesa, AZ Homes · Other Arizona Cities · Glendale, AZ Homes · Holiday Décor · Chandler, AZ Homes

Jockeying For Your Attention

January 30th, 2015 · 4 Comments

Jockeys at a Sun City, Arizona home.

six lawn jockeys holding lanterns lining both sides of a driveway Sun City Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

Which one has the illegal shock device?

six lawn jockeys holding lanterns lining both sides of a driveway Sun City Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

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Tags: Driveway · Other Arizona Cities · Collections

Mop

May 29th, 2014 · 8 Comments

They’ve had that mop for a long time.  New ones are white.  They’ve also had that roof for a long time.  Yes, those are turtles in the window sill.

old dirty mop turtles in window sill cardboard bad roof needs replaced fixer-upper ugly curb appeal Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

Not a good first impression.  Oil stains everywhere on the driveway.  Hubcap missing.  Extra tire lying around.

car tire hubcap missing oil stains on driveway bad roof needs replaced fixer-upper ugly curb appeal Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

There’s a football on the front yard.

car hubcap missing football front yard weeds bad roof needs replaced fixer-upper ugly curb appeal Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

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Tags: Roof · Curb Appeal · Clutter · Driveway · Phoenix Homes · Weeds · Fixer-Upper

Riding the Rails

January 2nd, 2014 · 2 Comments

These Avondale, Arizona sellers installed skateboard grind rails out of wood?  The Jay-John/porta-potty/outhouse is a nice touch.  When I was a medical social worker for the elderly, I had one client who had chronic diarrhea.  He used to call sitting on the toilet “riding the rails.”

skateboard rail outhouse porta-potty portable toilet in front yard driveway Avondale Arizona home house for sale photo

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Tags: Bathroom · Driveway · Other Arizona Cities

Houston Habitat

December 15th, 2013 · 4 Comments

By making a hole in the wall, these Houston, Texas sellers made the kitchen light and bright.

ugly run-down dirty dilapidated damaged kitchen fixer-upper hole in wall Houston Texas home house for sale real estate photo

Staging tip:  a rocking chair adds charm to any room.

ugly run-down dilapided neglected family room furniture junk Houston Texas home house for sale real estate photo

Got a cracked driveway?  Just plant flower seeds in the cracks to make it pretty.

cracked damaged cracks in driveway weeds ugly garage door run-down fixer-upper Houston Texas home house for sale photo

The two-car attached garage is a selling feature.

cracked damaged cracks in driveway weeds ugly garage door run-down fixer-upper Houston Texas home house for sale photo

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Family Room · Kitchen · Garage or Carport · Clutter · Driveway · Garbage and/or Junk · Weeds · Dirt, Dust, & Filth · Fixer-Upper · Other US Cities

Drive Away Driveways

October 21st, 2013 · No Comments

Put this home on your “must see” list.  Oil bet you’ll love it.

big oil stain leak driveway ugly curb appeal exterior front Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

At least this home doesn’t have a big oil stain on the driveway.  Let’s hoop they fix that broken window and pick up the junk.

broken window junk driveway ugly curb appeal exterior front Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Driveway · Phoenix Homes

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July 22nd, 2013 · No Comments

We might need to create a new category:  What? Why?
There are some real estate promotional photos that don’t make sense.

Here’s your What? Why? photo for Monday.  The photographer might have taken this photo to remember the house later on, but why share it with the public?  If the shot had been taken further back, we could have checked the Bad Parking category.

stupid dumb real estate photo picture of street curb house number only Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

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Tags: Driveway · Phoenix Homes · Poor Photography

All the No-No’s of Home Staging

April 10th, 2013 · 3 Comments

This Mesa, Arizona home is a great learning tool for home staging.  It has many examples of what not to do when selling your home.

Visual Clutter:  Please put away personal items, trinkets, doodads, knick-knacks, etc. before selling.  Anything that would visually distract a buyer.

visually distracting clutter poor bad home staging Mesa Arizona house for sale photo flag

Pets:  Please remove pets from real estate photos.  Could be a turn-off to buyers.  Please remove visual clutter as well.  A neutral bedspread pattern is another option.  If the budget allows, new window blinds.

two cats bedroom clutter poor bad home staging Mesa Arizona house for sale photo

Poor Photography:  Flash in a mirror means a new photo should be taken.  The toilet tank lid should be replaced.  Please complete repairs before selling.  Remove clutter as well.

bathroom clutter broken toilet tank lid flash poor photography Mesa Arizona home house for sale

Covered Up Counters:  Please remove all unnecessary items from kitchen counters before selling.  Same goes for above the cabinets.

cluttered kitchen counter above cabinets poor bad home staging Mesa Arizona house for sale

Refrigerator Magnets:  Please clear all items off of the refrigerator.

refrigerator magnets photos clutter kitchen poor bad home staging Mesa Arizona house for sale

Collections:  Consider reducing the number of items in collections.  Buyers might stop, look, and spend too much time on your collections and forget about the house.  Please keep entry ways and foyers cleared of items.  Please put away coffee table clutter such as water bottles and toilet paper.

toilet paper books clutter living room poor bad home staging Mesa Arizona house for sale

Driveway:  Please remove vehicles from the driveway before taking real estate photos.

cars vehicles parked on driveway blocking the view of the house home Mesa Arizona real estate

Weeds:  Buyers do not want to see weeds and unmaintained landscaping.

weeds unmaintained landscaping ugly back yard Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

Not Selling a Lifestyle:  Buyers want to envision themselves living in a house.  House photos should have energy, should be sexy, or should feel relaxing or inviting.  Random items on a patio do not have any of these attributes.

unappealing real estate photo piece of rope ladder BBQ grill on patio Mesa Arizona home house

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Tags: Staging · Landscaping · Curb Appeal · Bathroom · Kitchen · Bedroom · Clutter · Driveway · Patio · Mesa, AZ Homes · Pets · Weeds · Collections · Refrigerator Magnets · Poor Photography · Bedspread