Entries Tagged as 'Drywall Damage'

Roof Leak Disaster In Tempe, Arizona

February 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

I recently showed this foreclosure home in north Tempe, Arizona.  It had about the lowest price you can find for a Tempe home.  And now we know why.  There was no mention in the write-up that they had a roof leak and mold & mildew issues.  This is what we saw from the front door:  major ceiling damage and mold and mildew.  The house smelled bad.

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Rain water also ran down the walls onto the floor.

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The water then flowed down (since the floor was not level) to the dining room, where the water pooled.

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The lovely curtains acted as a wick and pulled up the water.

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The hall bathroom had a sign “Do Not Use” (in the upper left corner) taped to the toilet, but someone used the toilet anyway.  There were clumps of hair on the floor.  Gross!

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The other bathroom wasn’t much better.  And someone left a surprise in the toilet.

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Graffiti in one of the bedrooms.  The family’s last name was blocked out to protect their privacy.  The house had a very odd floor plan.  Rooms were added on to the house one at a time over the years.

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Dirty kitchen.  The whole house smelled like mold, mildew, and other bad odors.

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This is the back patio.

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The back yard.  Someone stole the air conditioner and destroyed the electric panel.

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There were bits of blue plastic lying around the side and back yard.  It was from a plastic tarp used to cover up the roof leak.  The tarp was held into place by 12″ ceramic tiles.  Over time, the tarp disintegrated in the sun.  The consensus was this house is a teardown.  There was nothing redeeming about it.  Needless to say, we didn’t write an offer.

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Tags: Roof · Bathroom · Living Room · Kitchen · Bedroom · Foreclosure · Patio · Back Yard · Security Bars · Tempe, AZ Homes · Mold & Mildew · Fixer-Upper · Ceiling · Graffiti · Water Damage · Drywall Damage

$26,000 Fixer-Upper Foreclosure Home

January 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

This Phoenix home sold in November 2008 for $26,000 cash.  It was owned by the bank as a foreclosure.  Obviously, it needed a lot of repairs.

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Are stove burners really worth the money to steal?

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Thinking of adding a window to the laundry room?

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The view from the other side.

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Tags: Foreclosure · Phoenix Homes · Fixer-Upper · Drywall Damage

$5,000 Casa Grande, Arizona Home

January 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The value’s in the land, but not by much.  This mobile home & lot in Casa Grande, Arizona just sold for $5,000 cash.  It was owned by a bank as a foreclosure.

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Hoodlums broke into the home and monkeyed around.

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The kitchen and flooring were destroyed.  Bet that old milk smells & tastes great.

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Drywall damage.

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Who wants to play spin the bottle?

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Tags: Flooring · Bathroom · Kitchen · Foreclosure · Other Arizona Cities · Fixer-Upper · Drywall Damage

Ugly Patch Job

January 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

Nice try at drywall patching, but not even close!  Ugly pea soup green paint.  Ugly 1980s 8-inch tile with dark grout.

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Did someone have a flour fight?

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Outdated kitchen and ugly cabinets from the 1960s.

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Tags: Flooring · Tile · Kitchen · Phoenix Homes · Repairs · Cabinets · Drywall Damage

Houston Glamour Palace

December 28th, 2008 · 2 Comments

If you use a lot of imagination, this Houston, Texas home could be very nice.  See?  The paint is easy to peel; ready for your choice of paint.  Large window brings in a lot of natural light (and vines and bugs).

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This house has “good bones.”  Won’t cost hardly $100 to rehab the entire home, right?

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That ceiling light is worth saving.

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As the B-52s would say, “Tin roof, rusted.”  Nice weeds.

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Someone tried to cut down the weeds, because you can see the cut grass on the front porch.

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Tags: Roof · Paint · Weeds · Fixer-Upper · Window · Drywall Damage · Other US Cities

Move-In Ready Home

November 21st, 2008 · No Comments

This home is furnished and ready for you to move in.  The drapes are included too.  Hurry up before it goes.

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Tags: Clutter · Window Coverings · Phoenix Homes · Fixer-Upper · Drywall Damage

Copper Stolen

November 15th, 2008 · No Comments

This Phoenix home sold for $157,500 in August 2005 but went into foreclosure in 2008 and then was vandalized.

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Thieves came in and stole the copper pipes.

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The damage was so bad that the house sold in November 2008 for only $22,000 cash.

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The laundry room.

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The living room was hit too.

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The thieves even worked their way into the attic.

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Extensive drywall damage throughout.  Thanks, thieves, for driving down property values in the neighborhood.

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The converted carport.

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Tags: Kitchen · Foreclosure · Phoenix Homes · Cabinets · Fixer-Upper · Drywall Damage

Open Door Policy

November 4th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Now that copper prices have dropped from $4.05/pound to $1.82/pound, maybe thieves will be less likely to steal copper pipes from vacant homes.  We can only hope.

This home in south Phoenix wasn’t so lucky.  It is a bank-owned foreclosure home that was vandalized.  I called the listing agent to get the code for the lockbox and was told, “Don’t worry about that.  Go right in.  The front door is missing.  They’ll be boarding up the house soon.”

This home is listed for $127,500.  It’s 2,096 square feet.  Built in 2004.  It sold in July 2007 for $330,000!!!  Worth checking out, right?  So off I went to see it.  Here’s what I saw.

The front door was indeed missing.  So was the side door to the garage.  And all of the windows were smashed.
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The kitchen had/has granite counters.  The vandals ripped out the upper cabinets and stole the oven/range.  They cracked the granite backsplash to get to the stove.
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The cabinet doors and dishwasher were stolen.
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The granite counter was destroyed in order to steal a $100 sink.
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Here’s the arcadia door to the patio, completely destroyed.  It wasn’t a matter of just breaking the glass; the frames were mangled too.
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Broken glass everywhere.
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The master bathroom was damaged too.
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The second bathroom was especially hit hard.
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When I saw this bedroom, I jumped a little.  You never know if a transient lives there and could show up.  Looks like someone learned to sleep around the broken glass.  Curiosity got the better of me; I had to check out the orange cooler; thank goodness it wasn’t a toilet.
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The other bedroom had a mattress too.  The window was completely open.
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A bedroom closet was destroyed so they could get the copper pipes from the bathroom.
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The garage.
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The back patio.
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Tags: Bathroom · Kitchen · Garage or Carport · Bedroom · Foreclosure · Phoenix Homes · Dirt, Dust, & Filth · Fixer-Upper · Window · Drywall Damage

Holey War In Goodyear, Arizona

October 20th, 2008 · No Comments

This ex-homeowner in Goodyear, Arizona was really mad that he couldn’t make his mortgage payments, so he took it out on the drywall.  The bank now owns the house and hopes a buyer will overlook the damage.

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Tags: Foreclosure · Other Arizona Cities · Drywall Damage

Transient May Be In House

October 17th, 2008 · No Comments

This is a good one.  It’s a bank-owned foreclosure home that’s been vandalized.  It has super terrific landscaping.

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The plumbing, electric, and appliances have been removed.  In other words, they were stolen.

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The write-up states “transient may be in house…don’t go in the house alone.”  Would you sleep in a house with no plumbing, no electric, and dirty carpet like this?

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The windows were broken too.

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The gorgeous back yard.  What?  They didn’t steal the water heater?

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Tags: Carpet · Landscaping · Kitchen · Bedroom · Foreclosure · Phoenix Homes · Back Yard · Fixer-Upper · Window · Drywall Damage