Entries Tagged as 'Drywall Damage'

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.

1916 historic home fixer-upper tear down neglect damage ruined house Phoenix front porch

The front porch to the side.

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Wanna take bets the old siding has asbestos?

1916 historic home fixer-upper tear down neglect damage ruined house Phoenix siding

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.

1916 historic home fixer-upper tear down neglect damage ruined house Phoenix living room

Pan to the right.

1916 historic home fixer-upper tear down neglect damage ruined house Phoenix living room

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.

1916 historic home fixer-upper tear down neglect damage ruined house Phoenix kitchen

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

1916 historic home fixer-upper tear down neglect damage ruined house Phoenix kitchen

The bathroom.

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Bedroom one is a mess.

1916 historic home fixer-upper tear down neglect damage ruined house Phoenix bedroom

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

Four Ugly Kitchens

August 11th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Four Phoenix homes with ugly kitchens.

Bad drywall patch job.  Ugly counters.  No window over the sink.  Cheap flooring.

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Ugly cabinet trim.  And simulated wood wallpaper for a rustic look.

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Looks like a coroner’s lab for autopsies.

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Ugly wallpaper.  A hole in the floor?

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Tags: Cabinets · Drywall Damage · Kitchen · Phoenix Homes · Wallpaper

A Man’s House Is His Castle

August 4th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Here’s a Phoenix home built to look like a castle with a turret in the middle.  At least that’s how they marketed the home before it went into foreclosure.  The windows were all broken out and covered up with white boards.

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Instead of getting a broom and sweeping away the broken glass, the photographer took the easy way out, making it harder for buyers to see the potential in the home.

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They might have been better off not showing the graffiti and bad ceiling in the garage.  The goal is to entice buyers to visit, not scare them away.

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Tags: Ceiling · Curb Appeal · Drywall Damage · Fixer-Upper · Foreclosure · Garage or Carport · Graffiti · Phoenix Homes · Window

Boston Tear-Down Special

August 2nd, 2009 · 3 Comments

We’re going to take a journey through a Boston fixer-upper home.  Think about a price for this home as you see the photos.  The asking price will be revealed at the end.

Lots of ceiling and wall damage throughout the home.

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Boston tear-down total fixer-upper foreclosure old home house wall ceiling drywall damage

Boston tear-down total fixer-upper foreclosure old home house wall ceiling drywall damage

Pretty wallpaper.

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Gourmet kitchen.

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I have no idea.

Boston tear-down total fixer-upper foreclosure old home house wall ceiling drywall damage

Mirrored shower doors so you can watch yourself go to the bathroom.

Boston tear-down total fixer-upper foreclosure old home house wall ceiling drywall damage

Got a price in your head?

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Is your price going down with each photo?

Boston tear-down total fixer-upper foreclosure old home house wall ceiling drywall damage

Boston tear-down total fixer-upper foreclosure old home house wall ceiling drywall damage

Actual asking price is $139,000.  For Boston, that’s probably a steal.  In Phoenix, it would be around $20,000-$30,000.

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Tags: Bathroom · Bedroom · Drywall Damage · Fixer-Upper · Flooring · Foreclosure · Other US Cities · Wallpaper

Is It Worth $18,000?

July 22nd, 2009 · 6 Comments

See if you think this Phoenix foreclosure home is worth $18,000.  That’s what someone paid for it in March 2009.

Romantic bedroom with rose petals?  Actually, those are bougainvillea bush petals blown in from the wind.  Do you like the checker board floor?

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Oh, pooh.  Look at this bedroom with its sponge paint walls and awful flooring.  Poor kid that had to sleep here.

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The owners tried to sell the house for $195,000 back in 2007.  Here’s how the kitchen looked in 2007.  Note the water bottle.  And the fly trap strip!!

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In 2009, a similar water bottle appears on the left.  The stove was removed (stolen? taken?).

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The home was vandalized.  This is the other part of the kitchen.  Copper piping was stolen.

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More copper piping stolen.

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The ceiling was damaged, probably to steal copper piping in the attic.

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Extensive ceiling damage!

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The front of the house with a million cracks in the driveway.  The window coverings are on the outside.

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There were several additions added to this house, all without proper building permits.  Note the octopus air conditioning ductwork on top of the roof!  All exposed to the hot Phoenix sun.

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Here’s a close-up of the rear/side additions.

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The bank tried to sell it in 2008 for $100,000.  They claimed it had 5 bedrooms and 1.5 baths.  In 2009, it was changed to 4 bedrooms and only 1 bathroom.  Sold for $18,000.

What is this crazy framework?

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Tags: Back Yard · Bedroom · Before & After · Ceiling · Driveway · Drywall Damage · Faux Paint & Murals · Fixer-Upper · Flooring · Foreclosure · Kitchen · Phoenix Homes · Room Addition · Vandalism & Theft

A Few Bad Apples Spoil the Bunch

July 13th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Foreclosure home damaged beyond repair and tagged with graffiti.

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An obscenity had to be blocked out.

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Tags: Bathroom · Drywall Damage · Foreclosure · Graffiti · Kitchen · Phoenix Homes · Window

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