Entries Tagged as 'Drywall Damage'

Graffiti & Vandalism

April 11th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Four more Phoenix homes destroyed by graffiti criminals.  It must be a lot of fun to ruin a neighborhood.

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graffiti vandalism damage vacant home house Phoenix

graffiti vandalism damage vacant home house Phoenix

graffiti vandalism damage vacant home house Phoenix

graffiti vandalism damage vacant home house Phoenix

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

Too Bad For These Two Bad Dining Rooms

April 8th, 2009 · No Comments

Can buyers see themselves inviting friends over and eating in this dining room?

ugly dirty dining room drywall patch damage flooring bad MLS photos Phoenix

The caption for this room is “dining room,” but you’d never know.  Some buyers can’t see past the pool table and sports stuff and will wonder where they would eat in this house.  It’s better to keep rooms as they were originally intended when selling.  The buyers can do whatever they want once they move in.

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Tags: Staging · Flooring · Phoenix Homes · Dining Room · Drywall Damage

Two Ugly Patios

April 8th, 2009 · No Comments

This was a covered patio.  The cover is gone.  So is the water heater.  The electric panel has been damaged.  A window was broken.  The stucco is worn off.  The evaporative cooler is rusty.  The landscaping is bad.

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Looks like they had some roof leaks at this ugly patio.  The ceiling’s about to fall down.

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Tags: Patio · Phoenix Homes · Back Yard · Drywall Damage

Nasty Basement

April 8th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Basements are very rare in the Phoenix area.  The soil here is usually solid rock, so excavating a basement is not worth the time and money.  However, here is a Phoenix home with a basement.  The caption of this photo reads, “basement guest room.”  Wow, if that’s how they treat their guests…  If you stay here, look out for moths and bottles of lotion.

ugly nasty basement guest room bad MLS photos Phoenix home house

Another area of the basement.  Creepy.

ugly nasty basement bad MLS photos Phoenix home house

On the ground floor, there is creative paint design on the walls.

ugly paint walls bad MLS photos Phoenix home house

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Drywall Damage · Basement

Destroyed Foreclosure Home

April 3rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

A house goes into foreclosure.  The people move out.  The house is vacant.  The vandals invade, stealing copper wiring and copper plumbing.  The bank now has to sell the house for pennies on the dollar.  Home prices in the neighborhood go down.  Everyone loses.

This is a bedroom.

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The living room.

vandalism damage copper theft foreclosure living room Phoenix real estate

The laundry room.

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Amateurish thieves.  They focused on copper.  Probably at least two guys since it’s a big job.  If they spent one hour, they might have stolen $30 worth of copper.  Divided by two.  That’s $15 each.  Plus the time to go to the recycling place.  So maybe they made $10/hour?  What if they had stolen the front window instead and sold it for $25?  [Obviously this blog does NOT condone theft of any sort; just putting things into perspective.]

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Tags: Bathroom · Living Room · Bedroom · Foreclosure · Phoenix Homes · Fixer-Upper · Ceiling · Drywall Damage

Fixer-Upper With Mold & Mildew

March 28th, 2009 · No Comments

[Repeat of an October 30, 2008 post that was targeted by spammers this week]

I had the joy of previewing this delightful bank-owned foreclosure home in south Phoenix.  It was hard to decide which photo to place first.  Because of health concerns for buyers, mold and mildew becomes a priority.  The bathroom did not have an exhaust fan or window, thus allowing mold and mildew to grow freely.  This is above the shower tub.
mold mildew health hazard bad MLS photos ugly home house Phoenix real estate

The ceiling corner above the sink with more mold and mildew.  This home is a bank-owned, so that means the bank will sell it to a buyer in “as is” condition.  The bank will require buyers to sign many waivers for repairs, disclosure, existence of mold, safety, etc.  And the seller (the bank) will do no repairs or remediation.  There is no way this home would qualify for FHA financing.mold mildew health hazard bad MLS photos ugly home house Phoenix real estate

The home was also vandalized.  The toilet was moved aside so that the thieves could tear out the drywall and steal the copper pipes.  That’s a lot of work for a few feet of pipe.copper pipe theft damaged bathroom bad MLS photos ugly home house Phoenix real estate

The second biggest thing wrong with this house is the air conditioning duct work.  This is the front of the house.  When the house was built in the 1950s, the only cooling system was evaporative cooling.  A “real” air conditioner was installed (seen here) but the homeowner didn’t pay extra to have ductwork properly placed in the attic; they took the cheap way out and ran the ductwork on top of the roof.curb appeal foreclosure bank-owned bad MLS photos ugly home house Phoenix real estate

Here’s a close-up of the air conditioning duct work.  This is just plain stupid.  This is Phoenix.  It gets hot here.  Really hot.  The sun is going to bake the air inside the ductwork.  Cold air originating from the A/C unit will immediately be heated up by the hot ductwork.  It’s a losing battle. ****Look closely at the ductwork.  The homeowner wrapped it with Christmas lights!  That’s high class.air conditioning ductwork bad MLS photos ugly home house Phoenix real estate

This is the back of the house.  The A/C ductwork branches off to supposedly cool off the room addition.
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The kitchen with sponge painting.kitchen sponge painting bad MLS photos ugly home house Phoenix real estate

They even sponge painted the laundry room.  But thieves destroyed the painted drywall to get to the copper pipes.
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Wild red paint in a bedroom.
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Ceiling damage in the room addition.
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Ugly room.
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Another ugly room with ugly red carpet.
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And yet another ugly room.
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The back patio with beat-up fence.  They used a car hood to fill in a gap.
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Tags: Roof · Curb Appeal · Paint · Bathroom · Bedroom · Foreclosure · What Were They Thinking?!?! · Phoenix Homes · Faux Paint & Murals · Mold & Mildew · Fixer-Upper · Ceiling · Drywall Damage · Room Addition

Bad Repair Jobs

March 27th, 2009 · No Comments

This homeowner decided to retexture the ceiling of the laundry room, but forgot to tape off the light and exhaust fan.  And then he left it that way while the house was up for sale.

bad amateur ceiling texture repair

This homeowner installed new drywall and forgot to paint it before selling.

bad amateur drywall patch texture repair

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Repairs · Ceiling · Drywall Damage

Water Damage In a Glendale, Arizona Home

March 10th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I showed this Glendale, Arizona foreclosure home yesterday to clients.  We were grossed out by the kitchen and the bathroom.  The kitchen sink cabinet had enough water leaks to cause this damage to the cabinet bottom.  Moldy, mildewy, gross.

mold mildew water leak damaged kitchen sink cabinet bottom foreclosure Glendale Arizona

The upstairs bathroom evidently leaked down to the downstairs guest bathroom, causing drywall damage.

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Close-up shot of the water damaged hole.  Note the black drywall.  Mold?  Mildew?

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Tags: Foreclosure · Glendale, AZ Homes · Mold & Mildew · Fixer-Upper · Ceiling Fan · Water Damage · Drywall Damage

Condemned Home In Glendale, Arizona

March 10th, 2009 · No Comments

Look what my clients & I saw taped to the front door of this Glendale, Arizona foreclosure home: a letter from the City of Glendale condemning the house.  [click on photo to expand]

notice of condemned property city zoning violation safety hazard Glendale Arizona home

Seems that the previous owners had added a room addition without city building permits.  The room addition’s foundation wasn’t built properly, causing it to break away from the house.  The notice of condemned property states:
1) Roof leaks/unstable HVAC headers
2) Rafters dry rotted/termite infestation
3) Underslab plumbing leaks
4) Slab foundation - unstable, cracked, water damage
5) Non-permitted room addition

Here’s where the room addition separated from the main house.

notice of condemned property Glendale Arizona foreclosure home zoning violation foundation crack

The previous owners were angry with the bank because they (the owners) did not pay their fair share of the mortgage.  Evidently, it was the bank’s fault.  So the owners posted this note inside the house.  Pardon the language.

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Tags: Hazards · Zoning Violation · Safety Issue · Glendale, AZ Homes · Mold & Mildew · Ceiling · Water Damage · Drywall Damage · Room Addition

Subterranean Termites In Glendale, Arizona

March 10th, 2009 · 4 Comments

They have a saying in Phoenix about termites:  you’ve either had ‘em or you’re gonna get ‘em.  The termites in the Phoenix area are subterranean termites, not the flying ones.  These pests crawl up from the dirt.

Here’s another Glendale, Arizona foreclosure home I showed to clients yesterday.  Imagine our surprise when we were greeted by three hanging termite tubes in the living room.  The termites had to crawl & chew their way from the ground up 8 feet at least, then over a few feet, and then down.  How long did it take them to go that far?  How much damage did they do?

hanging subterranean termite tube Glendale Arizona home house foreclosure

From another angle.  This one was about 14-15 inches long.

hanging subterranean termite tube Glendale Arizona home house foreclosure

The 2nd longest tube, about 6 inches long.

hanging subterranean termite tube Glendale Arizona home house foreclosure

Another angle showing all three tubes.  Other pieces had fallen off and landed on the window seat below.

hanging subterranean termite tube Glendale Arizona home house foreclosure

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Tags: Foreclosure · Glendale, AZ Homes · Drywall Damage · Termite Damage