Entries from February 2010

No Bones About It

February 28th, 2010 · 1 Comment

These sellers in Ft. Worth are dead serious about selling their home.  They’d give an arm and a leg for an offer.

skeleton cluttered messy bedroom poor home staging Fort Worth Texas house

Their kitchen’s quite lovely if you like wicker baskets and clutter.

cluttered messy kitchen wicker baskets poor home staging Fort Worth Texas house

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Tags: Staging · Kitchen · Bedroom · Clutter · Other US Cities

World’s Ugliest Bathroom Mirror

February 28th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Good grief, this Phoenix home’s bathroom mirror is U-G-L-Y ugly.

ugly bathroom mirror mountain scene Phoenix home house

The rest of the mirrors are gold-flaked mirror tiles.

ugly bathroom mirror mountain scene Phoenix home house

This is the ceiling of the shower with mildew.  Ever heard of an exhaust fan or opening a window?

mold mildew shower ceiling bathroom Phoenix home house

One of the bedrooms with polka dots everywhere.

polka dots painted on walls ceiling bedroom Phoenix home house

Graffiti on one of the closet doors.  [Curse word and kid’s last name blocked out.]

graffiti scribble closet door bedroom Phoenix home house

Her sister did the same thing in the next bedroom.

graffiti scribble closet door bedroom Phoenix home house

They painted the exterior brick with bright red paint.  You can’t miss the house when driving by.

bright red paint brick exterior Phoenix home house

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Bathroom · Bedroom · Phoenix Homes · Faux Paint & Murals · Mold & Mildew · Graffiti

They Sure Love Red In Savannah, Georgia

February 28th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Obsessed with red are they?

bright red carpet drapes Savannah Georgia home house real estate photo

Is the rake in the living room for shag carpet?

bright red carpet drapes rake Savannah Georgia home house real estate photo

Red shower curtain, red carpet, and red paint in the bathroom too.

bright red carpet wall paint shower curtain bathroom Savannah Georgia home house

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Tags: Carpet · Living Room · Window Coverings · Ugly Couches/Chairs · Other US Cities

These Homes Are Not Top Shelf

February 27th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Horizontal surfaces offer a lot of temptation for people to load them up with stuff.  Home stagers encourage sellers to minimize the number of items on shelves.  Here’s a look at cluttered shelves from across the country.

Sherman, Texas.
poor home staging cluttered shelves Reese's pillowcase bedroom Sherman Texas house

Collection of decorative liquor bottles in Little Rock, Arkansas.
poor home staging cluttered shelves liquor bottles bedroom Little Rock Arkansas house

Baltimore, Maryland.
poor home staging cluttered shelves bedroom Baltimore Maryland house real estate photo

Figurine collection at another Baltimore, Maryland home.
poor home staging cluttered shelves bedroom Baltimore Maryland house real estate photo

Family photos & knick knacks on a portable shelving unit in Tallahassee, Florida.
poor home staging cluttered shelves Tallahassee Florida house real estate photo

Crammed shelves in another room of the same Tallahassee home.
poor home staging cluttered shelves Tallahassee Florida house real estate photo

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Tags: Staging · Bedroom · Clutter · Fireplace · Wood Paneling · Collections · Other US Cities

What & Why In Worcester, Massachusetts

February 27th, 2010 · 6 Comments

Not sure why Worcester is pronounced worst-er instead of war-sess-ter, or why Brett Favre is pronounced farv not faver, or why Bellfountaine, Ohio is pronounced bell fountain not fontayn, or why Reading, Pennsylvania is pronounced redding.  But we digress.  It is what it is.

Three homes in Worcester, Massachusetts with head scratching photos:

1) Why is the radiator on the middle of the wall and not the floor?

radiator fixed to the middle of a wall strange location Worcester Massachusetts home house

2) Why is there a pile of insulation in the family room?

pile stack of pink insulation in family room Worcester Massachusetts home house

3) Why do we care if there’s a gas line stub coming out of the basement wall?  For a gas BBQ grill?

gas line stub middle of basement wall Worcester Massachusetts home house

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Tags: What Were They Thinking?!?! · Other US Cities

Repairs Needed Before Selling

February 27th, 2010 · 2 Comments

It’s cheaper for sellers to make repairs before selling their homes than waiting for buyers to ask for repairs.  Buyers automatically multiply the cost of repairs by 10.

Savannah, Georgia home with damaged siding.
siding damaged fixer-upper repairs needed Savannah Georgia home house

Ft. Worth, Texas home with ugly walls (they removed the wood paneling), window, & floor.
walls floor window damaged fixer-upper repairs needed Fort Worth Texas home house

Baltimore, Maryland home with broken window, bad wall, & ugly floor.
walls floor window damaged fixer-upper repairs needed Baltimore Maryland home house

Fort Worth, Texas home’s patio needs work.  Rotted fascia boards.
patio roof fascia boards damaged fixer-upper repairs needed Fort Worth Texas home house

Wichita, Kansas home with ceiling and wall damage.
ceiling walls damaged fixer-upper repairs needed Wichita Kansas home house

Same Wichita house with unfinished repairs.
drywall patch damaged fixer-upper repairs needed Wichita Kansas home house

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Tags: Repairs · Wallpaper · Fixer-Upper · Ceiling · Drywall Damage · Siding · Other US Cities

Motivated & Energetic Sellers In Fairbanks, Alaska

February 26th, 2010 · 8 Comments

These Fairbanks, Alaska sellers are anxious for buyers to stop by.  Please come soon.  [Yes, this is an actual photo used to promote the sale of this home.  It’s the first photo buyers see.]

people in real estate photo Fairbanks Alaska home house

Is that an outhouse?

outhouse storage shed Fairbanks Alaska real estate photo

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Tags: Bathroom · Other US Cities · People In Photos

Time To Clean Up This Savannah Home

February 26th, 2010 · 5 Comments

That’s the slogan for Swiffer.  Two Swiffers ready for action but no takers in this [Editor’s note:  I don’t have kids, so totally did not see that there was a kid swing; looked like two Swiffers and a box in the middle.  Duh.  Now I see it.]
Savannah, Georgia home.  Let’s motivate and get this house sold.

messy garbage junk Savannah Georgia home house real estate photo

messy garbage junk Savannah Georgia home house real estate photo

messy garbage junk Savannah Georgia home house real estate photo

Budweiser wet bar.  What’s the purple plastic thing?  For mixing concrete or a giant litter box?

messy garbage junk Savannah Georgia home house real estate photo

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Tags: Flooring · Garbage and/or Junk · Other US Cities

Stylish Kitchen In Worcester, Massachusetts

February 26th, 2010 · 11 Comments

Are these cabinets the worst(er) ones you’ve seen?

ugly kitchen cabinets Worcester Massachusetts home house real estate photo

Contemporary?

ugly kitchen cabinets Worcester Massachusetts home house real estate photo

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Tags: Kitchen · Cabinets · Other US Cities

Sumptuous Shades In Savannah, Georgia

February 25th, 2010 · 5 Comments

Those window drapes are quite dramatic.  So is the sponge paint and the flowery wallpaper.

ugly hideous window drapes curtains sponge paint wallpaper Savannah Georgia home house

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Tags: Window Coverings · Faux Paint & Murals · Wallpaper · Hall of Shame - Ugly Décor · Other US Cities