Entries Tagged as 'Refrigerator Magnets'

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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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Proper lighting helps.

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

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

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Maybe it’s the angle of the photo?

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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

Six Cluttered Kitchens

January 15th, 2013 · 2 Comments

The clutter is so overwhelming, I need a Bud Light.

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Snoopy says to clear off the counters first before selling.

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The vine is cluttering up the next room too.

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Extra storage space = clutter.

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Two boxes and five minutes is all it will take to straighten up this messy kitchen.

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Too bad they’re not highlighting the granite counters.

cluttered messy disorganized kitchen poor bad home staging Mesa Arizona house for sale

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

Roosters Rule the Roost

January 9th, 2013 · 4 Comments

These Peoria, Arizona sellers have a rooster & chicken collection in their kitchen.

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It dominates the space.

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She was feeling cocky.

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This is egg-actly how she envisioned her dream kitchen.

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Her best-laid plans were ruined when the idea to sell was hatched.

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The family room is starting to fill up.

too much stuff on display family room photos poor home staging Peoria Arizona house for sale

110 degrees.  Not how you want to sell your home to out-of-state buyers.  It is a dry heat (only 16% humidity).

TV television set is on 110 degrees real estate photo picture Peoria Arizona home house for sale

Wait.  It’s 110 degrees and she has a hoard of blankets.

too many blankets bedroom real estate photo picture Peoria Arizona home house for sale

And a lot of old dirty pillows.  Frankenstein does not approve.

dirty old yellowed pillows Frankenstein picture bedroom Peoria Arizona home house for sale

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Tags: Staging · Family Room · Kitchen · Bedroom · Clutter · Phoenix Homes · Fake Plants & Flowers · Collections · Refrigerator Magnets · Family Photos

Before & After Home Staging In Augusta, Maine

January 6th, 2013 · 4 Comments

Take a look at what home staging can do for a room or simply clearing out everything.

Before Kitchen.

cluttered kitchen too much stuff items poor bad home staging Augusta Maine house for sale

After Kitchen.

nice home staging clean tidy kitchen Augusta Maine house for sale real estate photo

Before Laundry Room.

cluttered laundry room too much stuff items poor bad home staging Augusta Maine house for sale

After Laundry Room.

nice home staging clean tidy laundry room Augusta Maine house for sale real estate photo

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Tags: Staging · Kitchen · Clutter · Before & After · Refrigerator Magnets · Other US Cities · Laundry Room

Merry Christmas!

December 25th, 2012 · 13 Comments

Please join me in singing the 3rd annual UglyHousePhotos version of the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”  Everybody join in now.  A one, and a two, and a three.

On the Twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Twelve million cow things…

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Eleven chairs a stacking…

eleven white green plastic cheap chairs on driveway Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

Ten rolls of T.P….

ten rolls of toilet paper tissue stacked bathroom Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

Nine deers a killing…

nine deer stuffed taxidermy on display Woodville Mississippi home house for sale photo

Eight dolls a staring…

eight dolls on shelf on display in bedroom Cody Wyoming home house for sale photo

Seven plates collecting…

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Six bears a stuffin’…

six stuffed bears animals on display bedroom Sun City Arizona home house for sale photo

Five water jugs…

five distilled water jugs sitting by garage Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

Four brass geese…

four brass geese on display on family room Sun City Arizona home house for sale photo

Three turtles dove…

three metal turtles on display on family room Gilbert Arizona home house for sale photo

Two panda bears…

messy cluttered bedroom stuffed animal panda bear Tyler Texas home house for sale photo

And a John Deere in the front room.

John Deere lawn mower in living room Seneca South Carolina home house for sale photo

Merry Christmas!

2011’s version is here.

2010’s version is here.

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Tags: Staging · Bathroom · Kitchen · Bedroom · Clutter · Driveway · Phoenix Homes · Dolls · Other Arizona Cities · Collections · Refrigerator Magnets · Holiday Décor · Other US Cities · Taxidermy

Clear Off the Refrigerator Before Selling

November 26th, 2012 · 3 Comments

Is it too much to ask?  Please remove all items from the refrigerator before selling.

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It will make your kitchen look better.

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Your kids might cry for a few minutes, but they’ll survive.

too much many refrigerator fridge magnets photos personal items cluttered Scottsdale Arizona home house

Tell them it will get you more money when sold which means more money for toys.

too much many refrigerator fridge magnets photos personal items cluttered Avondale Arizona home house

At least try to clear off the refrigerator.  [Dothan, Alabama]

too much many refrigerator fridge magnets photos personal items cluttered Dothan Alabama home house

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Tags: Clutter · Phoenix Homes · Scottsdale, AZ Homes · Other Arizona Cities · Refrigerator Magnets · Other US Cities

Bedroom Toilet, Drunk Chef, Magnets, & Post

October 13th, 2012 · No Comments

It’s so much effort getting to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

toilet in the bedroom strange home staging Phoenix house real estate photo

So put a toilet next to the bed!!

toilet in the bedroom strange home staging Phoenix house real estate photo

Dinner is running late tonight. The chef drank too much cooking sherry. So did the artist.

drunk chef moustache pantry door painted mural kitchen Phoenix home house real estate

Before home staging.

before after real estate photos kitchen refrigerator magnets Glendale Arizona home house

After home staging. Much nicer.

before after real estate photos kitchen Glendale Arizona home house

New election pole, er, poll was just posted. A candidate’s support has slipped.

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Tags: Staging · Kitchen · Garage or Carport · Bedroom · Clutter · Phoenix Homes · Faux Paint & Murals · Refrigerator Magnets