Entries Tagged as 'Drywall Damage'

Floor To Ceiling Copper Theft

November 20th, 2009 · 6 Comments

Thieves will go to great lengths to steal copper.  I had the displeasure of showing this home to a client; of course there weren’t photos like this to warn us of the damage.  It costs about $4,000-$5,000 to replace an air conditioning unit plus more to install new copper pipes and ductwork and to repair drywall and repaint.

The thieves stole copper from the A/C unit outside, then moved inside the house to get copper in the wall.

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They stole copper piping from the ceiling.  Since this is a vaulted ceiling, they either used an extended ladder or crawled into the attic and pushed down.

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They really had at it in the attic where the condenser is/was.  The A/C ductwork was torn, ripped, and removed.

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Attic access from the master bedroom closet.

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More copper stolen from another part of the house.

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All that work for $2.50/pound.  Arizona enacted some laws that require people to register if they are recycling large quantities with recycling companies.

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Tags: Ceiling · Drywall Damage · Foreclosure · Phoenix Homes · Vandalism & Theft

Interesting Home Presentation In Houston, Texas

November 8th, 2009 · 7 Comments

Home staging takes on a whole new meaning in Houston, Texas as you’ll see.  But first, check out the hand-laid stone floor in the kitchen.  I’ll bet it’s a real joy to sweep the floor. [correction: a reader’s sharp eyes spotted a pattern to the flooring and thinks it’s rolled vinyl.  Indeed, it appears so.  Thus, the flooring is flat.]

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Mismatched pillows and clutter.

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Mismatched mattresses and unfinished drywall.

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Mismatched fans and other clutter.

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Mirrors, mirrors, on the wall, who’s got the prettiest room of all?

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Tags: Bedroom · Clutter · Drywall Damage · Flooring · Kitchen · Other US Cities

Smears & Stripes

October 13th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Get a load of this house with its striped paint and ugly sponge paint.

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Why not just paint the wall one solid color?

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This doesn’t look good.

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Attic access?

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Tags: Ceiling · Drywall Damage · Faux Paint & Murals · Paint · Phoenix Homes

Exposed Bathroom

October 7th, 2009 · 6 Comments

A little wainscoting will make this bathroom look good and new.

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

Another Messy Home

October 1st, 2009 · 2 Comments

Thank goodness for the garbage and junk.  It distracts you from the ugly gray and white tile.  Funny thing…there’s a dustpan on the floor just waiting to be used.  Probably fainted and fell over when it saw the mess.

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Ugly living room.  Angry foreclosed owner wanted to show the bank who’s boss by destroying the walls.

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Dirty carpet, broken glass, broken pots, etc.

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Tags: Dirt, Dust, & Filth · Drywall Damage · Fixer-Upper · Foreclosure · Garbage and/or Junk · Kitchen · Living Room · Phoenix Homes · Tile

Miscellaneous Wall Photos

September 29th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Three different homes with different styles of walls.

1) Fancy wood paneling pattern.

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2) Brick wall with a repeating pattern means faux brick.  Brick paneling plus blue carpet = late 1970s?

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3) Drywall damage from vandalism (either the previous foreclosed owners or hoodlums).

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Tags: Drywall Damage · Phoenix Homes · Wood Paneling

Graffiti Artists

September 21st, 2009 · 10 Comments

I showed this Phoenix home to a couple on Saturday.  The listing agent was there and said the house had been vandalized; she called the police to report the break-in.

The hoodlums did not steal anything.  They drew on the walls in every room.  And used a hammer to bash in the walls.  A few areas of drywalls were completely destroyed.  Mostly, drywall patching and new paint is all that’s needed.  But the overall effect to buyers is that the place is ruined.

There is a sci-fi theme in the master bedroom.

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This is the other part of the master bedroom.  The other side of the wall is the kitchen.

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Virtual home staging in the living room.  While I certainly do NOT condone graffiti and vandalism, the drawing is kinda clever.  Note the pop references to Pac-Man & SpongeBob SquarePants.

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Monstrous ghoul in another bedroom.

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

$11,000 Tear Down House

September 12th, 2009 · 8 Comments

Phoenix home built in 1916 with severe neglect.  Not even worth saving.  Foreclosure sale.  Took 317 days for a buyer brave enough to buy it.  For only $11,000.  It’s 600 square feet, 2 bedrooms, one bath.  Absolutely no landscaping front or back.  No driveway or parking of any kind.  Not even a front walkway.

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Front porch.

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The front porch to the side.

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Wanna take bets the old siding has asbestos?

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Looks like they did an addition on the right.  But is there a proper foundation or stem wall?  Is it built on top of dirt?

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Let’s check out the lovely living room.

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Pan to the right.

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Pan again to the right and you’ll see the doorway to the kitchen.  The only heat source is from this wall heater.  There is no air conditioning in this house; only evaporative cooling (which doesn’t work effectively from July to September).

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Gourmet kitchen.

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Pan to the right.  The refrigerator was pushed over with its back showing.  The ceiling looks terrible.

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The bathroom.

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Bedroom one is a mess.

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The ceiling is a disaster.  Lead-based paint, anyone?

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The second bedroom.  I was a social worker for over ten years.  I can guarantee someone lived in this house in this condition until they were evicted by the bank.

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The back yard.  Weeds don’t count as landscaping.

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Tags: Back Yard · Bathroom · Bedroom · Ceiling · Curb Appeal · Drywall Damage · Fixer-Upper · Foreclosure · Kitchen · Landscaping · Living Room · Phoenix Homes · Room Addition

Used To Be the Kitchen?

August 27th, 2009 · 2 Comments

It’s hard to tell if this was the kitchen.  There’s a boarded up window over the old sink?  If this was a large bathroom, why would there be a window above the vanity instead of a mirror?

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Tags: Drywall Damage · Fixer-Upper · Flooring · Kitchen · Phoenix Homes · Vandalism & Theft

1, 2, 3, Sesame Street

August 24th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Sesame Street bed sheet used as a window curtain.  Dirty walls.  Ugly, strange flooring.

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Ugly and dirty bathroom.  Urine stains all around the toilet.  Drywall problems behind the faucet and toilet.  Ugly shower tile pattern.  Mildew on the tile grout.

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Tags: Bedroom · Dirt, Dust, & Filth · Drywall Damage · Flooring · Phoenix Homes · Window Coverings