Entries Tagged as 'Drywall Damage'

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?

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

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The 2nd longest tube, about 6 inches long.

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

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

Why?! Two Exposed Outlets & a Hole?! Why?!

March 6th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I’m still shaking my head.  Why would you publish a close-up photo of exposed outlets and a hole in the drywall when promoting the sale of this home?

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Same house.  Now a close-up photo of the house numbers!

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Photographer’s reflection in the bathroom mirror.  Green paint.  Wallpaper border.

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Tags: Bathroom · What Were They Thinking?!?! · Phoenix Homes · Wallpaper · Poor Photography · Drywall Damage · People In Photos

Foreclosure Damage

February 26th, 2009 · No Comments

Another foreclosure home vandalized.

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

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover

February 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Except when it’s a complete fixer-upper like this bank-owned Phoenix home.  Doesn’t look pretty on the outside.

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Doesn’t look pretty on the inside either.

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Out back isn’t any better.

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Foreclosure · Phoenix Homes · Back Yard · Fixer-Upper · Drywall Damage

Stolen Copper Pipes

February 18th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Another bank-owned foreclosure home that was vandalized by copper thieves.

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copper pipe plumbing theft vandalized home foreclosure fixer-upper Phoenix real estate

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

Surprise Disaster

February 13th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Foreclosure home in Surprise, Arizona was vandalized.  By the previous owners or by hoodlums?  Let’s take a look.

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An apple a day couldn’t keep the bad apples away from the kitchen.

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What a shame.  People have no respect.

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Unbelievable.

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Tags: Landscaping · Curb Appeal · Bathroom · Kitchen · Foreclosure · Fireplace · Surprise, AZ Homes · Fence or Wall · Fixer-Upper · Window · Drywall Damage

Bank-Owned Fixer-Upper

February 12th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Phoenix foreclosure home.  The front wall was tagged with graffiti.  The wood shingles on the walls are rotting.  At least the hazard insurance rates will be lower with a fire hydrant on the property.

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The wrong type of material was used in the bathroom.  Melamine is not waterproof.

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Amateur sponge painting.

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More sponge painting.

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Bedroom with red carpet and a hole in the wall.

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Bathroom · Foreclosure · Phoenix Homes · Faux Paint & Murals · Fence or Wall · Fixer-Upper · Drywall Damage

Houston Crack House

February 8th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Another luxury home in Houston, Texas.

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If there was any doubt this was a crack house, the graffiti spells it out for you.  Looks like they might have mold/mildew issues too.

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It’s all ready for installation of new windows.

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Use your imagination.  This was/is the kitchen.

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It’s like Let’s Make a Deal: which door do you choose?

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Water leaks.  Mold/mildew in steamy humid Houston.  Another damaged window.

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Laundry room or bathroom?

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Bedroom with disgusting carpeting.

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Is the house an entire teardown?

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Tags: Carpet · Curb Appeal · Kitchen · Foreclosure · Mold & Mildew · Fixer-Upper · Window · Graffiti · Drywall Damage · Other US Cities

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