Entries Tagged as 'Roof'

When Amateurs Fix Things

February 11th, 2012 · 6 Comments

Amateur roof repair.  It looks tar-ible.

bad terrible amateur roof patch job repair project tar sloppy Scottsdale Arizona home house

Look at two other awful amateur home repairs, courtesy of There I Fixed It blog.  The toilet is working again!

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The stairs are now safe!

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Tags: Fixer-Upper · Other US Cities · Repairs · Roof · Scottsdale, AZ Homes

Dream Home In Millville, New Jersey

November 20th, 2011 · 19 Comments

This home can be yours if the price is right.  It features a delightful sun room.

dilapidated run-down fixer-upper neglected Millville New Jersey home house for sale

Rustic wood siding.  Mattress included.

dilapidated run-down fixer-upper neglected Millville New Jersey home house for sale

Beware of the …  lead-based paint?  Foundation?  Family of racoons under the house?

dilapidated run-down fixer-upper neglected Millville New Jersey home house for sale

More rustic charm.  A hand built fireplace thanks to Quikrete and leftover bricks and assorted rocks.

fireplace dilapidated run-down fixer-upper neglected Millville New Jersey home house for sale

The kitchen with antique stove.  Let’s hope the floor doesn’t cave in.

old stove kitchen dilapidated run-down fixer-upper neglected Millville New Jersey home house for sale

Exhaust pipe or dryer vent?

exhaust vent dilapidated run-down fixer-upper neglected Millville New Jersey home house for sale

Workshop.  From the set of a horror movie?

workshop dilapidated run-down fixer-upper neglected Millville New Jersey home house for sale

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Fireplace · Fixer-Upper · Kitchen · Phoenix Homes · Roof · Siding

Missed Opportunity

November 16th, 2011 · 7 Comments

This Phoenix home recently sold for $45,000.  Could it have sold for more money if it presented better to buyers?  Let’s take a look at its current condition and then look at it a few years ago.

ugly poor bad home staging messy master bedroom Phoenix Arizona house for sale photo

Another view of the master bedroom.

ugly poor bad home staging messy master bedroom Phoenix Arizona house for sale photo

Another bedroom.

ugly poor bad home staging messy bedroom Phoenix Arizona house for sale photo

And another bedroom.

ugly poor bad home staging messy bedroom Phoenix Arizona house for sale photo

And the fourth bedroom taken over by a cat.  Supposedly the owner’s daughter lives in this house in this condition.  She didn’t do her mom any favors.

ugly poor bad home staging messy bedroom cat litter box Phoenix Arizona house for sale photo

Back in 2008, as seen here, the pool was empty and the roof looks bad.  It went back to the bank; the owners had a $201,000 loan balance!  They had refinanced, of course.  Probably did a cash-out refi.  Doesn’t look like they used the money for the pool or roof.  The bank then tried to sell it in 2008 like this for $55,000; no buyers.

empty pool damaged old bad roof Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo foreclosure

The bank relisted it in late 2008 and filled the pool.  That seemed to do the trick.  It still needed repairs.  It sold in early 2009 for $26,000.  Ouch.

swimming pool Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo foreclosure

Here’s how the pool looked/looks in 2011.  The current owner filled it in with dirt.  Ugh.  It sold this week for $45,000.  Remember, she bought it for $26,000.  I would have paid her daughter to move out, repainted the house, restored the pool, new roof, new flooring; spend $10,000-$15,000 and probably sell it for $80,000 or more.

filled in pool dirt Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo foreclosure

Here’s another photo from 2008.  Lots of water leaks on the ceiling, thanks to that bad roof.

roof water leak stained ceiling damage Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

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Tags: Bedroom · Clutter · Foreclosure · Phoenix Homes · Pool & Spa · Roof · Staging

Disasters Can Be Prevented With Maintenance

August 18th, 2011 · 1 Comment

When you neglect your roof like this…

neglected destroyed damaged deteriorated old roof shingles worn out Glendale Arizona home

…your master bedroom ends up like this…

master bedroom ceiling damage from bad roof shingles Glendale Arizona home house

…and your family room ends up like this.

family room ceiling damage from bad roof shingles Glendale Arizona home house

Adding plastic to your roof is only a temporary bandage to the problem.

bad roof shingles blue plastic tarp covering the hole Glendale Arizona home house

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Tags: Ceiling · Drywall Damage · Fixer-Upper · Glendale, AZ Homes · Roof

Lack of Curb Appeal

May 29th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Rusty power pole right in the front yard of a Phoenix home.

ugly poor curb appeal rusty power pole in front yard Phoenix Arizona home house photo

Rusty roof in Pensacola, Florida.

ugly poor curb appeal rusty metal roof Pensacola Florida home house photo

Bright yellow & green paint colors on a Rochester, New York home.  Might appeal to University of Oregon alumni.  Go, Ducks!

ugly poor curb appeal yellow green exterior paint Rochester New York home house photo

The broken fence gate won’t excite many buyers at this Phoenix home.

ugly poor curb appeal broken gate chain link fence in front yard Phoenix Arizona home house photo

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Fence or Wall · Other US Cities · Paint · Phoenix Homes · Roof

Free Stuff With Full Price Offer!

April 7th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Buy this Glendale, Arizona home and pay full price and the seller will include all the extra stuff for free!

very messy cluttered home house junk garbage stuff Glendale Arizona real estate photo

Dishes, towels, food, and more too.

very messy cluttered home house junk garbage stuff Glendale Arizona real estate photo

Everything will be left to the buyer to handle.

very messy cluttered home house junk garbage stuff Glendale Arizona real estate photo

The buyer gets to finish the drywall patches at the sky light and wall A/C unit too.

very messy cluttered home house junk garbage stuff Glendale Arizona real estate photo

Another view of this room so the buyer can see the flooring.

very messy cluttered home house junk garbage stuff Glendale Arizona real estate photo

The home office is set up and ready to go.

very messy cluttered home house junk garbage stuff Glendale Arizona real estate photo

Endless possibilities and personal items in the family room.

very messy cluttered home house junk garbage stuff Glendale Arizona real estate photo

An aviary is set up on the back patio.

very messy cluttered home house junk garbage stuff Glendale Arizona real estate photo

Haven’t a clue, but it has electricity.

very messy cluttered home house junk garbage stuff Glendale Arizona real estate photo

The roof has extra protection with a plastic tarp held down with pallets.

bad roof plastic tarp pallets Glendale Arizona real estate photo

The property is situated on a large lot with farm animal approval.  Yes, that is a steer.

steer in back yard filled with clutter junk garbage stuff Glendale Arizona home house photo

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Tags: Clutter · Entertainment/Media Niche · Fixer-Upper · Garbage and/or Junk · Glendale, AZ Homes · Kitchen · Living Room · Other Arizona Cities · Other US Cities · Paradise Valley, AZ Homes · Patio · Roof · Staging

Hail Damage To Roof Shingles

April 4th, 2011 · 2 Comments

This is what asphalt roof shingles look like after a heavy hail storm.  Lots of pits.
From a Glendale, Arizona home.
Parts of the Phoenix area were hit hard by hail in October 2010.  My buyers bought a home in Peoria in December with a new roof.  All of the homes in the neighborhood had new roofs.  I told them it was like moving into a new subdivision because they won’t have to see an ugly roof for 20 years.  All of the homes were elevated in appearance.
We’re seeing a lot of roof replacements in February, March, and April 2011, most covered by insurance.  At $4000-$5000 a pop, that’s a lot of money and employment pumping into our economy.  Buyers of bank-owned foreclosure properties have to be careful of roof condition now; if the hail damage occurred before or after the bank took over, there’s no replacement by insurance; the buyer’s on the hook.

heavy hard hail damage to asphalt roof shingles Glendale Arizona home house photo

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Tags: Glendale, AZ Homes · Roof

Major Roof Damage

March 29th, 2011 · 6 Comments

Here’s a home that probably needs to be bulldozed.  It had extensive roof damage which destroyed the home.

This is the master bedroom ceiling.  Rust, mold, water damage.

master bedroom ceiling roof major damage fixer-upper tear-down Phoenix Arizona home house

More of the master bedroom ceiling.

master bedroom ceiling roof major damage fixer-upper tear-down Phoenix Arizona home house

The master bathroom with ugly wallpaper.

master bathroom ugly wallpaper fixer-upper tear-down Phoenix Arizona home house

Another bedroom with mold & mildew.  And ugly orange carpet.

bedroom mold mildew ugly orange carpet fixer-upper tear-down Phoenix Arizona home house

This is the bedroom’s ceiling.  What happened up there?  Was it a flat roof that filled with water and collapsed?

bedroom ceiling roof major damage fixer-upper tear-down Phoenix Arizona home house

The living room with old dirty ugly red carpet.

living room ugly old dirty red carpet fixer-upper tear-down Phoenix Arizona home house

The living room ceiling.

living room ceiling roof major damage fixer-upper tear-down Phoenix Arizona home house

The front entry.  Is this house worth saving?

front entry major damage fixer-upper tear-down Phoenix Arizona home house

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Tags: Bathroom · Carpet · Ceiling · Fixer-Upper · Living Room · Mold & Mildew · Phoenix Homes · Roof · Wallpaper · Water Damage

Best of Worst Curb Appeal

March 4th, 2011 · 7 Comments

The UglyHousePhotos Awards for Worst Curb Appeal go to:

8th Place – Ontario, Canada.  Where Rainbow Bright lives.

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7th Place – Stacked tile façade out front creates a 3-D effect.  Got a chisel?  A weed eater?  A roofer?

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6th Place – All buyers love a pile of concrete on driveways.  Makes the home feel welcoming and well-loved.

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5th Place – Step on the gas and skip this one.

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4th Place – Tumbleweeds!

tumbleweeds unfinished new home foreclosure fixer-upper bad MLS photos Phoenix

3rd Place – This is not how you attract full-price offers.  Or any offers, for that matter.

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2nd Place – This Atlanta peach of a house looks like the pits.  It’s curb appeal, not curb a peeled.

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1st Place – Is this the house Bristol Palin recently bought in Maricopa, Arizona?

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Fixer-Upper · Landscaping · Other Arizona Cities · Other US Cities · Phoenix Homes · Roof · Siding · Worst Of

Best of Worst Home Roofs

February 12th, 2011 · No Comments

The UglyHousePhotos Awards for Worst Roof go to:

7th Place –  No much left of the shingles.  Most of the granules have come off.

rotten roof curb appeal bad MLS photos ugly home house Phoenix real estate

6th Place – Worn-out shingles and not finished off neatly at the end.  They just sorta flop over the edge.

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5th Place – Foam roofs require maintenance and re-coating or else they end up looking like this.

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4th Place – Won’t have to worry about disposing of used shingles; they’re already gone.

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3rd Place – Must have been one heck of a windstorm.

ugly bad roof shingles repairs needed home house Phoenix real estate

2nd Place – The shingles are shot.  The roof is falling apart.  An ugly mess.

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1st Place – Total neglect from the sellers.  Exposed wood.  Looks like they used rolled SIS roofing material instead of shingles.  Water and sun have damaged the roof.  It’s sunken in.  A total loss.

ugly fixer-upper damaged tear-down bad roof rot Phoenix Arizona home house photo

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Tags: Fixer-Upper · Phoenix Homes · Roof · Worst Of