Entries Tagged as 'Knives'

Taters & Cheese Balls & Cheez-Its

April 8th, 2012 · 3 Comments

Taters!  In North Platte, Nebraska.

taters potato box kitchen North Platte Nebraska home house for sale real estate photo

Cheese Balls!  In Phoenix.

Utz cheese balls container kitchen Phoenix Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

Cheez-Its!  In Peoria, Arizona.

Cheez-It box kitchen Peoria Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

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Tags: Kitchen · Knives · Other US Cities · Peoria, AZ Homes · Phoenix Homes

How Many Coffee Cups Do You Need?

June 9th, 2011 · 5 Comments

Small coffee maker means about 2 cups each for 2 people.  25 coffee mugs on the wall.  Enough for 12 days without washing dishes!
Knives and utensils out in the open plus the mugs tells buyers this kitchen doesn’t have enough storage space.

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Tags: Clutter · Collections · Kitchen · Knives · Phoenix Homes · Staging

Coke vs. Pepsi

March 30th, 2011 · 2 Comments

This Apache Junction, Arizona seller sure loves his Pepsi (check out the hoard on the kitchen counter), but he secretly drinks Coke (see the Coke can on the table?).  Busted!  He’s waiting for the home stager to arrive?

man in real estate photo cluttered kitchen Pepsi Coke cans poor home staging Apache Junction

The office is a fright.  Holy knick-knacks.

cluttered office poor home staging Apache Junction Arizona house real estate photo

Totally embracing the Southwest theme design in the living room.

Southwest décor design furniture cluttered living room Apache Junction Arizona home house

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Tags: Clutter · Exterior · Knives · Living Room · Office/Den · Other Arizona Cities · People In Photos · Refrigerator Magnets · Staging

Best of Worst Home Staging – Round 2 – Section 3

March 18th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Best of Worst Home Staging Photos Top 20 – Round 2 – Section 3

Five candidates of the top 20 for your vote as Worst Home Staging Photo. You are allowed one vote per day. The top 2 of this section will move on to Round 3 on Monday.

TITANIC: Vote for me! Oh, deer, we’ve got taxidermy, a model ship in a fish tank, TVs on!, orange carpet, painting of the top of a pottery vase, nutcrackers, macramé, and more.

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BLUE BEDROOM: Vote for me! I’ll feel even more depressed than I look if you don’t vote for me. I’ve got stuff and cables hanging all over.

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AN APPLE A DAY: Vote for me! It’s applemania!

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CAPE COD: Vote for me! I’ve got crabs! And a harpoon! And a shark head! A nautical theme is the best way to fit in with the Phoenix desert.

Cape Cod beach décor shark fin harpoon clutter poor home staging Phoenix Arizona house

GAME OVER: Vote for me! I’ve got a winning rec room, complete with exposed rafters, an old pool table, a model ship, junk piled on the bar, a hanging weed eater (left side of photo), 6+ bar chairs, and crazy paint design on the column.

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Vote for your favorite Worst Home Staging photo. Vote once per day. Voting ends Monday morning.

What Is Your Favorite Worst Home Staging Photo?
Titanic
Blue Bedroom
An Apple a Day
Cape Cod
Game Over
  
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Tags: Bedroom · Clutter · Kitchen · Knives · Phoenix Homes · Staging · Worst Of

One Item Ruins the Photo

January 6th, 2011 · 6 Comments

The brain needs only one second to form an image and impression from a photo.  If the eye focuses on the wrong item, the mental image is set on that one item.

Do you notice the bedroom or the NASCAR blanket?

NASCAR blanket car 88 Dale Jr. on bedroom wall poor home staging Pensacola Florida

Do you notice the big room or the red rug?

big round red rug living room poor home staging Phoenix Arizona house real estate photo

Do you notice the vaulted ceiling and stacked stone fireplace or the big elk head?

big elk head antlers taxidermy poor home staging Phoenix Arizona house real estate photo

Do you notice the cozy room or the plastic orange tree?

ugly plastic orange leaves tree poor home staging Phoenix Arizona house real estate photo

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Tags: Fake Plants & Flowers · Knives · Other US Cities · Phoenix Homes · Rugs · Staging · Taxidermy

2009: The Year In Review Part 2

December 31st, 2009 · No Comments

What have we learned about home staging from this blog this year?

1) Sponge painting is ugly.  Remove it before any potential buyer sees it.

home staging tips 2009 ugly sponge paint Phoenix house bad real estate photo

2) Neutralize bright paint colors & cutesy murals & designs.

home staging tips 2009 bright pink paint flowers Phoenix house bad real estate photo

3) Remove unnecessary personal items & clutter.

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4) Remove family photos before selling.

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5) Remove refrigerator magnets & other clutter from kitchens.  Buyers like to see clean counters.

home staging tips 2009 poor staging clutter kitchen magnets Phoenix house bad real estate

6) Remove the knives & ugly pot rack.  No buyer wants to see your dusty old pots & pans.  Knives are dangerous; what if a buyer brought their kids?

home staging tips 2009 poor staging ugly dusty pot rack Phoenix house bad real estate

7) Either empty out a room completely or arrange the furniture in a pleasing manner.  Consult a professional home stager if you have questions.

home staging tips 2009 poor staging ugly furniture living room Phoenix house bad real estate

8) By all means, please clean the carpet and pick up the animal poop first.  $100 could save you $3,000 (buyers will assume total carpet replacement is necessary and will discount their offer significantly).

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Happy New Year! Best wishes in 2010!!

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Tags: Bedroom · Carpet · Clutter · Dirt, Dust, & Filth · Faux Paint & Murals · Kitchen · Knives · Living Room · Phoenix Homes · Staging

Occupied Versus Vacant

December 10th, 2009 · 4 Comments

A common question asked by sellers:  Will my home show better with furniture or when empty?  It depends on the furniture, the floor plan, and the shape of the house.  Tacky furnishings do not help sell homes, but vacant homes expose dirt and create echoes.  Ask your Realtor for her/his opinion.

Here’s a Phoenix condo with before & after photos.  Which looks better?  Occupied or vacant?

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Tags: Bedroom · Before & After · Clutter · Kitchen · Knives · Phoenix Homes · Staging

High Level of Clutter

November 3rd, 2009 · 10 Comments

There’s a consistent pattern of clutter and messiness in this Phoenix home.  This is the dining room.  It’s so cluttered, I just now noticed the green Halloween pumpkin on the table and the Halloween costume draped over the chair.  How do you like hanging light?  And the Easter egg paint colors?  And the deflated balloon?

very messy cluttered dining room Phoenix home house bad real estate photo

Buyers aren’t going to get any Kix when they see this messy kitchen.

very messy cluttered kitchen Phoenix home house bad real estate photo

There’s someone sitting down on the left side of the photo.  Is he too tired to help straighten out the house?  Could he at least take down the Warcraft poster?  And the foil out of the window?  If someone needs the wheelchair, how are they going to get to it to use it?

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Weird looking child’s chair.  Why is there a bedroom dresser & mirror in the living room?

very messy cluttered living room Phoenix home house bad real estate photo

The master bedroom.  The mattress is too small for the headboard.  The can of disinfectant spray is a nice touch as is the soup can on the dresser.

very messy cluttered master bedroom Phoenix home house bad real estate photo

Bedroom 2.

very messy cluttered bedroom Phoenix home house bad real estate photo

Bedroom 3.

very messy cluttered bedroom Phoenix home house bad real estate photo

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Tags: Clutter · Dining Room · Family Room · Holiday Décor · Kitchen · Knives · Living Room · People In Photos · Phoenix Homes · Staging

Messy Kitchen & Bedroom

October 24th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Stupid kitchen knives on the counter.  Oh, and all that other clutter & junk too.

clutter messy kitchen counters poor bad home staging Phoenix house real estate photo

Dark times in this bedroom, indeed.

clutter messy bedroom poor bad home staging Phoenix house real estate photo

There’s a kid in the bottom left corner of the photo.  Little dog.  Smelly shoes.

boy in photo little dog shoes living room poor home staging Phoenix house real estate photo

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Tags: Bedroom · Clutter · Knives · People In Photos · Pets · Phoenix Homes · Staging

Panda-monium In the Kitchen

July 17th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Today’s corporate sponsor is Panda Express.  See the product placement?  And there’s a whole lot of other stuff going on in the kitchen:  mismatched cabinets, clutter on the refrigerator, a burnt stove top, two knife holders, and a fly swatter next to the sink.

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Tags: Clutter · Kitchen · Knives · Phoenix Homes