Entries Tagged as 'Refrigerator Magnets'

Christmas In October

November 12th, 2013 · 3 Comments

Oh, good grief.  Christmas was on full display back in October and earlier in this Peoria, Arizona home.  All I want for Christmas are home stagers!

Christmas tree decorations stockings polar bear on display in October cluttered Peoria Arizona home house for sale

This is a coyote-themed room.  Please notice the Wile E. Coyote doll holding a beer can and an American flag.  Awesome.

coyote picture horns antlers Wile E. Coyote doll holding a beer can American flag cluttered Peoria Arizona home house for sale

Since the refrigerator doors were completely covered with stuff, the seller had to start taping things to the cabinet doors.

refrigerator door magnets cabinets kitchen counters cluttered Peoria Arizona home house for sale

Paddington Bear says, “I’m suffocating from the clutter.”

Paddington Bear doll stuffed animal cluttered bedroom Peoria Arizona home house for sale

Paddington, we know what you mean!  We’ll be right over with boxes.

cluttered living room tables filled with stuff bad poor home staging Peoria Arizona house for sale real estate photo

Buyers will have butterflies in their stomachs.

butterfly collection bedroom cluttered Peoria Arizona home house for sale

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Tags: Staging · Living Room · Bedroom · Clutter · Stuffed Animals · Peoria, AZ Homes · Refrigerator Magnets · Holiday Décor · Taxidermy

New Season of Hoarding: Buried Alive Started Last Week

November 6th, 2013 · 3 Comments

Hoarding: Buried Alive TV show on TLC started its new season last Wednesday.  A new episode is shown tonight (it features a very dirty kitchen and a home with a rat infestation).

This Phoenix home isn’t quite at that level, but sure to scare most buyers.

They have plenty of toilet paper in the bathroom.

unfinished bathroom drywall walls exposed wiring junk piles ugly Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

Cluttered bedroom.

cluttered messy disorganized bedroom poor bad home staging Phoenix Arizona house for sale

The home office looks well organized.

cluttered messy disorganized junky office poor bad home staging Phoenix Arizona house for sale wood paneling

Oh, look!  Another home office!

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This bedroom looks inviting.  Inviting people to touch the exposed electric wiring.

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Lots going on in the kitchen.

cluttered messy disorganized junky kitchen poor bad home staging Phoenix Arizona house for sale real estate photo

By the way, they are selling it as a short sale.  I hope the bank recognizes the effort they put into getting the house ready to sell.

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Fine dining.

cluttered messy disorganized dining room poor bad home staging Phoenix Arizona house for sale real estate photo

The back patio is a great place to entertain.

cluttered messy disorganized back patio poor bad home staging Phoenix Arizona house for sale real estate photo

The back yard is in-tents (intense).

cluttered messy disorganized back yard tent Phoenix Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

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Tags: Staging · Kitchen · Bedroom · Clutter · Patio · Phoenix Homes · Office/Den · Dining Room · Wallpaper · Knives · Back Yard · Wood Paneling · Garbage and/or Junk · Refrigerator Magnets · Fixer-Upper · Drywall Damage

Lay Ice

October 22nd, 2013 · 7 Comments

Refrigerator magnets.  Clutter on the counter and in the sink.  Oven hot pads all in a row.

cluttered kitchen counters sink dishes refrigerator magnets hot pads Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

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Tags: Kitchen · Phoenix Homes · Refrigerator Magnets

Staging Opportunity

October 6th, 2013 · 6 Comments

Let’s help this Lawrence, Kansas seller with staging her home.  So many visual distractions.

In the kitchen, let’s remove everything on top of the cabinets, everything on the counter tops, and everything on the island.  Then the refrigerator magnets and the spice rack attached to the refrigerator.  And then the rooster thingy to the left of the refrigerator.  And then the two plants.  Plus garbage can.

cluttered visually distracting kitchen too much stuff doodads poor bad home staging Lawrence Kansas house for sale

Let’s concentrate on the left half of this photo.  Let’s remove everything next to the kitchen island.  And the garbage bags.  And the towel on the oven.

cluttered visually distracting kitchen too much stuff doodads poor bad home staging Lawrence Kansas house for sale

Looking at the middle of the photo, let’s remove the cat, the red blanket, the magazine rack, the hand lotion, and all the stuff on the back wall.

cluttered visually distracting family room cat too much stuff doodads poor bad home staging Lawrence Kansas house for sale

Then let’s remove the stuffed animal in the apple bucket, the rugs, the wicker trunk and wicker pouf that serve no purpose in the middle of the room, and everything hanging on the walls.  And the umbrellas too.  Who needs 6 umbrellas?

cluttered visually distracting family room too much stuff doodads poor bad home staging Lawrence Kansas house for sale

For those who are obsessive-compulsive, let’s even up the bedspread.  And then remove the rugs, the bucket, the Maxine doll, the shoes, the boots, the vacuum, etc.
Total cost to stage this home:  $0.

cluttered bedroom Maxine doll shoes bucket rugs poor bad home staging Lawrence Kansas house for sale

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Tags: Staging · Family Room · Kitchen · Bedroom · Clutter · Pets · Rugs · Refrigerator Magnets · Other US Cities

The Wizard of Odd

October 4th, 2013 · 3 Comments

By including a photo of her Wizard of Oz magnet collection, the seller thought buyers would think she’s cool.

Wizard of Oz movie refrigerator magnets on washing machine dryer Gilbert Arizona home house for sale

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Tags: Refrigerator Magnets · Gilbert, AZ Homes · Laundry Room

Cluttered Refrigerators

August 20th, 2013 · 4 Comments

Homes look so much better when refrigerators are cleared off.

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Refrigerator magnets and doodads are visually distracting.  And sometimes politically polarizing.

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In less than 3 minutes, this refrigerator would look clean and tidy.  Another few minutes for the counter tops too.

cluttered refrigerator fridge magnets photos pictures stuff kitchen counters staging Glendale Arizona home house for sale

This refrigerator is covered with scribbles and blocks the window.  Would Batman approve?

dorm size refrigerator scribbles blocks the window bedroom staging Casa Grande Arizona home house for sale

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Tags: Clutter · Phoenix Homes · Other Arizona Cities · Glendale, AZ Homes · Refrigerator Magnets · Chandler, AZ Homes

Buyers Want Kitchens That Are Neat & Tidy

April 23rd, 2013 · 7 Comments

We know selling your house is stressful, so we’re offering our help for free.  Just give us ten minutes and a few boxes and we’ll have your kitchen looking better.

sloppy cluttered messy too much stuff kitchen counters Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

Won’t cost you any money.  Just filling up some boxes.

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We promise your kitchen will look better.

sloppy cluttered messy too much stuff kitchen counters Glendale Arizona home house for sale

Buyers will be more excited to see your home with it tidied up.

sloppy cluttered messy too much stuff kitchen counters Glendale Arizona home house for sale

Show off those granite counters.

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This kitchen will require some cleaning too.

sloppy cluttered messy too much stuff kitchen counters Mesa Arizona home house for sale

Is the clutter on top of the cabinets necessary?

sloppy cluttered messy too much stuff kitchen counters Peoria Arizona home house for sale

It’s all in the details.

sloppy cluttered messy too much stuff kitchen counters Peoria Arizona home house for sale

An easy rule of thumb with kitchen staging is:  only one appliance on the counter.  And no dishes please.  [Poughkeepsie, New York]

sloppy cluttered messy too much stuff kitchen counters Poughkeepsie New York home house for sale

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Tags: Staging · Kitchen · Clutter · Phoenix Homes · Mesa, AZ Homes · Glendale, AZ Homes · Peoria, AZ Homes · Refrigerator Magnets · Other US Cities · Chandler, AZ Homes

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.

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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

Too Many Doodads

April 3rd, 2013 · 9 Comments

Might have to put some items away before selling.  Just a suggestion.  Like lingerie and the fuzzy dice.  Oh, and the stupid knotted curtain.

cluttered visually distracting bathroom fuzzy dice poor bad home staging Phoenix Arizona house

Refrigerator stuff, chili peppers, Mickey Mouse, plates, extra stuff on top of the microwave, etc.  Why is the microwave so high?

cluttered visually distracting kitchen poor bad home staging Phoenix Arizona house for sale

The Mardi Gras masks and the assorted clutter on the counters.

cluttered visually distracting kitchen poor bad home staging Phoenix Arizona house for sale

You’ll see in the next photos that the house appears to be clean, but the photos don’t do any justice.  Too many visual distractions in each photo.

cluttered visually distracting dining room poor bad home staging Phoenix Arizona house for sale

Organized but…

cluttered visually distracting dining room poor bad home staging Phoenix Arizona house for sale

More unnecessary stuff.

cluttered visually distracting dining room poor bad home staging Phoenix Arizona house for sale

Proper lighting helps.

cluttered visually distracting dining room poor bad home staging Phoenix Arizona house for sale

Your eyes don’t know where to go when there are distractions.

cluttered visually distracting dining room poor bad home staging Phoenix Arizona house for sale

The collectibles keep your eyes from noticing the faux rolled paint.

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Maybe it’s the angle of the photo?

cluttered visually distracting family room poor bad home staging Phoenix Arizona house for sale

Foil in the windows.  Different types of window coverings.  An unnecessary hat dead center in the photo.

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Random shoes, dusty fan, more foil.

cluttered visually distracting ugly window blinds bedroom poor bad home staging Phoenix Arizona house for sale

Big blue plastic flower and other distractions in the office.

cluttered visually distracting office poor bad home staging Phoenix Arizona house for sale

Visual clutter outside.

cluttered visually distracting back patio poor bad home staging Phoenix Arizona house for sale

Sounds like we’re being really picky, but when you add all of the photos together, it gets confusing to buyers.  What do you remember about the house?

cluttered visually distracting back patio poor bad home staging Phoenix Arizona house for sale

Attention to detail needed.

cluttered visually distracting back patio poor bad home staging Phoenix Arizona house for sale

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Tags: Staging · Bathroom · Family Room · Kitchen · Bedroom · Clutter · Window Coverings · Patio · Phoenix Homes · Office/Den · Faux Paint & Murals · Dining Room · Refrigerator Magnets

Kirksville Klutter

January 27th, 2013 · 3 Comments

Visual clutter in a Kirksville, Missouri home.

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Chaos in the kitchen.

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Dusty liquor bottles and smelly shoes.

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The den of storage.

den office used as storage room messy disorganized cluttered Kirksville Missouri home house staging

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Tags: Staging · Carpet · Living Room · Kitchen · Clutter · Refrigerator Magnets · Other US Cities · Taxidermy