Entries Tagged as 'Drywall Damage'

Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson

July 7th, 2009 · 2 Comments

“Smooth Criminal” was a smash hit from Michael Jackson’s album Bad.

Not sure how smooth these criminals were who destroyed a vacant Phoenix foreclosure home.

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Tags: Living Room · Foreclosure · Phoenix Homes · Fixer-Upper · Graffiti · Drywall Damage

Ugly Circular Doorway

July 2nd, 2009 · 4 Comments

Remember this funny rounded doorway that looked like a letter “D” (from a post in June)?

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We just found a complete circle version in another Phoenix home.  Shaped like an “O” - it makes you go “oh, no!”  The kitchen’s destroyed.  The window was broken.  Junk piled on the floor.

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It’s hard to tell which room this is/was.

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The front of the house.  Of course, this is a bank-owned home, listed at a whopping $14,900.  Strangely enough, agents are not allowed to see this house before giving proper notice (tenant rights) because supposedly there are renters living there now.  With no kitchen?

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Kitchen · Phoenix Homes · Garbage and/or Junk · Fixer-Upper · Drywall Damage

Mold & Mildew On the Ceiling

July 1st, 2009 · 3 Comments

The photo caption reads, “Room addition left unfinished.”  Must have had a water leak in the attic.  There is evidence of mold and mildew, ceiling damage, drywall damage, bad patch job, etc.  Run away, buyer, run.  Let a professional investor buy it and then hope he/she is honest enough to disclose this issue to the next buyer.

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Ugly kitchen with boarded up window.

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Tags: Kitchen · Phoenix Homes · Mold & Mildew · Fixer-Upper · Ceiling · Water Damage · Drywall Damage · Room Addition

Garage Conversion

June 30th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Converting carports or garages into living space is usually a disaster:  poor insulation, poor heating and cooling, grading issues, electric issues, zoning violations, lack of proper city permits, etc.

Here we have a one-car garage converted to a bedroom.  The owners were nice enough to leave the garage door support racks intact.  Sure to impress buyers.

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This home went into foreclosure and suffered extensive damage to the hallway.

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The kitchen was stripped clean of cabinets and appliances and then damaged further.

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Parts of the heater were stolen.

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Tags: Kitchen · Garage or Carport · Bedroom · Foreclosure · Phoenix Homes · Fixer-Upper · Drywall Damage

Giant Mouse Discovered In Phoenix

June 27th, 2009 · 1 Comment

You’re gonna need a really really big mousetrap to catch the mouse that created that hole.  Or a really really big cat.

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Fixer-Upper · Drywall Damage

Nasty, Disgusting, Dirty, Unhealthy, Messy, Ugly House

June 23rd, 2009 · 45 Comments

Folks, we have a frontrunner for Ugliest House of the Year.  Warning:  The pictures you are about to see are NOT for the faint of heart.  I risked my health taking these pictures.

If you are brave and have a strong stomach, then I’ll take you on a tour.  We’ll even see a few “before” pictures.

A little history.  This was a delightful home in west Phoenix.  3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1656 square feet.  Built in 1959.  Brick construction.  One car garage.  6,930 square foot corner lot.  Old galvanized pipes replaced with copper plumbing.  It was nice enough to appeal to a buyer who bought it in May 2006 for $213,000!

Here’s what it looked like out front in 2006.  Cute, right?  Nicely trimmed landscaping.  Green grass.

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This house went into foreclosure in 2009 and was turned back to the bank in May 2009.  It was just listed for sale this weekend for, get this, $38,900.  Wow.  What a great price!  Who wouldn’t want that house for that price?  And the photos from 2006 were good.  So I previewed it yesterday for a buyer.  This is what I saw out front:  dead grass, dead bushes, untrimmed bushes.

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Now the view to the right.

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Before we go inside, remember that this house has been vacant for at least a month.  Tax records indicate the house was a rental.  So the tenants might have simply moved out and left all their junk, er, belongings.  Whatever the case, people actually lived here and lived in this condition.

If you are mentally prepared, we will now enter the house, starting in the living room.  This is the cleanest part of the house.  I must add that during my visit, I had to put my shirt over my nose because of the smell.  It was 105 degrees in Phoenix yesterday.

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The view from the living room window looking toward the dining room.  The renters had kept birds (pigeons?) in cages (more on that later) in the dining room.  There was bird poop and feathers everywhere on the dining room floor, which was one reason for the bad smell.

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Here’s a before picture of the kitchen in 2006.

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Here’s how it looks in June 2009, the after photo.

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Opposite view so that you can see the milk cartons sitting out on the counters in 105 degree temperatures.  Yummy.

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Now to the right a bit.  They grabbed what they wanted and left the rest.

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Let’s take a walk down the hallway now.  Wait.  Stop.  What’s that sound?  Do I hear water dripping?  Yes, I do.  Oh, I see water dripping from the hallway ceiling down onto the soaking wet carpet.  I had to walk on tippy toes because of the standing water.  No wonder the house reeked of mold and mildew.

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Oh, look.  The water had caused the hallway ceiling to come down.  How nice.  [My initial thought was that the water came from a leaky evaporative cooler, but it could have been from a bad copper plumbing weld in the attic.]

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Bedroom one.  That’s not pink carpet.  That’s pink attic insulation.  The entire ceiling collapsed under the weight and sogginess of the water.  The roof is a wood shake roof, and you could see sunlight coming in from this bedroom.  The entire floor was wet and stinky.

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Bedroom two with collapsed ceiling.  Notice how the water had reached the far end of the room and was wicking up the boards.

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By this time, I was coughing and trying to get out of there as quick as possible.  The hall bathroom with standing water on the floor.

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Here’s the master bedroom before in 2006.  This picture was featured in an earlier post.

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Here’s how the master bedroom looks like in June 2009.  Everything soggy and stinky.

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The master bathroom.  They ran out of red paint and gave up.

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They enclosed the patio and made a room addition.  Isn’t it lovely with its dirty bird cages and filth and garbage?  The bird cages were completely coated in bird poop.  I walked through here just to the right of the cages along the little path to the doorway.  The stench in this room was unbearable.

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There was some kind of storage room out back, filled with dirty clothes.

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They left an old car in the garage.  Looks like the passenger front tire is missing.  You can’t walk in the garage because of the junk.

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Here’s how the back yard looked like before in 2006.  Green and pretty.

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Here’s how it looks in June 2009.  The palm tree survived but the orange tree died.

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Another view of the back yard from the other side.

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And the side yard loaded with junk and garbage.

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You can see how the before pictures from 2006 made this house look enticing to a buyer in 2009.  But what a shock to see it in this condition.  The water leak and damage plus mold remediation would cost thousands.  The shake roof was messed up too.  Then there’s the clean-up and bird poop removal and sanitation.  Total disaster.

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Tags: Carpet · Bathroom · Living Room · Kitchen · Garage or Carport · Bedroom · Clutter · Foreclosure · Safety Issue · Phoenix Homes · Back Yard · Garbage and/or Junk · Cabinets · Before & After · Dirt, Dust, & Filth · Mold & Mildew · Fixer-Upper · Ceiling · Water Damage · Drywall Damage · Room Addition · Hall of Shame - Messy

Let’s Sell Used Sinks

June 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Vandalized Phoenix foreclosure home.  Oftentimes, the angry homeowner strips the house and tries to sell whatever they can.  I still don’t understand why anyone would buy a used toilet.  Anyway, this home was destroyed.  The bathroom sink & vanity is being sold somewhere.

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The master bathroom is missing its $20 sink & $10 faucet.

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They yanked out the shower surround in the master bathroom.  Too bad the shower surround cracked; they might have got $5 for it in the yard sale.

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Oh, the kitchen sink is gone too.  Probably a $40 stainless steel sink.  Might get $10 for it in the garage sale.  The stove is missing.

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Bedroom with drywall on the floor, probably from the wall being torn out to get to copper piping.

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This is an ugly added on room.  Real estate investors can go through a house like this and think, “These are easy fixes.  New bathrooms, paint, carpet, appliances.”  But when they see unpermitted room additions, it’s usually a deal breaker.  Too much work with improper insulation and poor heating & cooling.  Or they have to tear it down.  We call these “stupid add ons.”

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Tags: Bathroom · Kitchen · Foreclosure · Phoenix Homes · Fixer-Upper · Drywall Damage · Room Addition

Icky Ithaca, NY Home

June 14th, 2009 · 2 Comments

A disaster of a home located in Ithaca, New York.  The front porch roof has fallen off.

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Very messy kitchen with ugly wallpaper.

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Ugly orange carpet on the stairs and more clutter at the top.

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Messy bedroom with Eminem poster, analog TV, broken ceiling light, and unmade bed.

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Another messy bedroom with a Simba Lion King poster.

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What happened here?!  The ceiling lath boards are bowed.  Broken windowpane.  And more clutter.

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Another odd room.  The concrete blocks are a bit small for a chimney.  Maybe they were added to shore up the house?  Flowery wallpaper and dirty door.

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Tags: Carpet · Curb Appeal · Kitchen · Bedroom · Clutter · Wallpaper · Ceiling · Drywall Damage · Other US Cities

The Height of Sophistication

June 11th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Let’s see what some luxury real estate experts have to say about this dirty and messy foreclosure home.

“This estate has no rivals and no property like it has ever before been marketed in Arizona or the Southwest.”

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“Eye-catching cabinetry throughout.”
“A gourmet kitchen with slab granite countertops and top-of-the-line appliances.”

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“Conceived as an emotion evoking interplay of poetic forms and graceful spaces all working together as one thought, the residence is being sold with all of its custom furnishings included.”

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“Not to be described but experienced, it is an estate that teases the mind and massages the senses.”

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“The poolside garden coddles your every whim and fantasy with the finest appointments, amenities, and design features available anywhere.”

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“Embodying timeless quality and character, this charming home offers seclusion and an ambiance rarely discovered.”

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“From the enchanting backyard to the custom-made furnishings, no detail is forgotten and no discriminating buyer will be disappointed.”

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Living Room · Kitchen · Pool & Spa · Foreclosure · Patio · Phoenix Homes · Garbage and/or Junk · Cabinets · Fence or Wall · Fixer-Upper · Drywall Damage

Mad At the World

June 10th, 2009 · 1 Comment

A man in Surprise, Arizona was indicted June 9th by a grand jury for damaging his home that went into foreclosure.  Here’s the article.  Finally the legal system is going after people who destroy their homes.  It’s a felony in Arizona.  Oddly enough, most of the comments from the article are in support of the criminal.

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This is from a Phoenix home:
Getting mad at the bank because they foreclosed your house will teach them a lesson.  “If I can’t have it, they can’t have it.”

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