Entries from March 2011

Cluttered Kitchen In Rio Verde, Arizona

March 31st, 2011 · 5 Comments

It’s hard to see the kitchen through all that clutter.  Canned goods, stuff on the counters, refrigerator magnets, papers and junk on the kitchen island, stuff on the chairs, aprons hanging up, stuff on top of the cabinet.  Who wants a toilet right next to the kitchen?

cluttered junky stuff everywhere canned goods messy kitchen Rio Verde Arizona home house

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Tags: Staging · Kitchen · Clutter · Other Arizona Cities · Refrigerator Magnets

Gray Waters

March 31st, 2011 · 4 Comments

Someone created a waterfall with river rocks.  And then ruined it by painting it gray.  Now it’s just a pile of ugly.

dumb ugly river rock waterfall painted gray back yard Phoenix Arizona home house photo

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Tags: What Were They Thinking?!?! · Phoenix Homes · Back Yard

Christmas Extravaganza In Gilbert, Arizona

March 31st, 2011 · 5 Comments

It’s nice to see so much holiday cheer in one house.  Except when you are selling.  At least tone it down?

too much Christmas holiday décor decorations Gilbert Arizona home house for sale photo

too much Christmas holiday décor decorations Gilbert Arizona home house for sale photo

Looks like a nice house under all that holiday stuff.

too much Christmas holiday décor decorations Gilbert Arizona home house for sale photo

Bonus points for keeping it clean.

too much Christmas holiday décor decorations Gilbert Arizona home house for sale photo

Hang in there, Santa.

too much Christmas holiday décor decorations Gilbert Arizona home house for sale photo

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Tags: Staging · Bathroom · Living Room · Kitchen · Holiday Décor · Gilbert, AZ Homes

Coke vs. Pepsi

March 30th, 2011 · 2 Comments

This Apache Junction, Arizona seller sure loves his Pepsi (check out the hoard on the kitchen counter), but he secretly drinks Coke (see the Coke can on the table?).  Busted!  He’s waiting for the home stager to arrive?

man in real estate photo cluttered kitchen Pepsi Coke cans poor home staging Apache Junction

The office is a fright.  Holy knick-knacks.

cluttered office poor home staging Apache Junction Arizona house real estate photo

Totally embracing the Southwest theme design in the living room.

Southwest décor design furniture cluttered living room Apache Junction Arizona home house

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Tags: Staging · Living Room · Clutter · Office/Den · Knives · Other Arizona Cities · Refrigerator Magnets · Exterior · People In Photos

A Variety of Fireplace Sizes

March 30th, 2011 · 5 Comments

Fireplaces come in all shapes and sizes and designs.

Large:  This fireplace was supposedly designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built by his students.  The house is located in Carefree, Arizona and built in 1957.  Not sure when the fireplace was built.

stone fireplace designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Carefree Arizona home house

Medium:  From a 1953 Phoenix home.

red free-standing fireplace Phoenix Arizona home house built 1953

Small:  From a Mesa, Arizona home.  Really?  Why bother?

small weird fireplace in the corner Mesa Arizona home house real estate photo

Tiny:  From a house in Queen Creek, Arizona.  Do they use toothpicks as logs?

very small tiny metal fireplace Queen Creek Arizona home house real estate photo

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Tags: Fireplace · Phoenix Homes · Mesa, AZ Homes · Other Arizona Cities

Box House

March 30th, 2011 · 5 Comments

A house is a house.  Walls, doors, windows, and a roof.  What more do we expect?  Maybe some personality and curb appeal?  This boxy home is from San Tan Valley, Arizona (on the far outskirts of the Phoenix metro area).  Yes, that is the front door on the right.

boxy boring design curb appeal San Tan Valley Arizona home house architecture

This is the back of the house.  Sure are small windows.  And one tiny door to go out back.

boxy boring design curb appeal San Tan Valley Arizona home house architecture

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Other Arizona Cities

Major Roof Damage

March 29th, 2011 · 6 Comments

Here’s a home that probably needs to be bulldozed.  It had extensive roof damage which destroyed the home.

This is the master bedroom ceiling.  Rust, mold, water damage.

master bedroom ceiling roof major damage fixer-upper tear-down Phoenix Arizona home house

More of the master bedroom ceiling.

master bedroom ceiling roof major damage fixer-upper tear-down Phoenix Arizona home house

The master bathroom with ugly wallpaper.

master bathroom ugly wallpaper fixer-upper tear-down Phoenix Arizona home house

Another bedroom with mold & mildew.  And ugly orange carpet.

bedroom mold mildew ugly orange carpet fixer-upper tear-down Phoenix Arizona home house

This is the bedroom’s ceiling.  What happened up there?  Was it a flat roof that filled with water and collapsed?

bedroom ceiling roof major damage fixer-upper tear-down Phoenix Arizona home house

The living room with old dirty ugly red carpet.

living room ugly old dirty red carpet fixer-upper tear-down Phoenix Arizona home house

The living room ceiling.

living room ceiling roof major damage fixer-upper tear-down Phoenix Arizona home house

The front entry.  Is this house worth saving?

front entry major damage fixer-upper tear-down Phoenix Arizona home house

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Tags: Carpet · Roof · Bathroom · Living Room · Phoenix Homes · Wallpaper · Mold & Mildew · Fixer-Upper · Ceiling · Water Damage

Neat Idea In Concept - Bad Idea In Practice

March 29th, 2011 · 9 Comments

People and their clever ideas.  Too bad they don’t stop to consider reality.  For example, this Glendale, Arizona owner added nice looking barn doors to his kitchen.  So far, so good.

Glendale Arizona kitchen home house real estate photo

But…the doors are for the refrigerator and the pantry.  So EVERY TIME you want something from the refrigerator, you have to open the barn door plus the frig’s door.  How many days would it take for that to get old?  You’d end up leaving the barn door open all the time.

dumb idea door over refrigerator Glendale Arizona kitchen home house real estate photo

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Tags: Kitchen · What Were They Thinking?!?! · Glendale, AZ Homes · Hall of Shame - Dumb

Trashy Neighbor

March 29th, 2011 · 3 Comments

In Phoenix, the city picks up bulk trash once every three months.  For some reason, the seller decided to include his neighbor’s trash in the photo, rather than waiting a week until it was picked up.

neighbor's pile of trash garbage on street curb Phoenix Arizona home house real estate photo

Why not move to the right and eliminate the neighbor’s trash from the photo?  Doesn’t the house look much better now?

street curb Phoenix Arizona home house real estate photo

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Phoenix Homes · Garbage and/or Junk

Ugly Walls

March 28th, 2011 · 1 Comment

This room’s been ridden hard and put away wet.  What happened here?  Looks like they patched the holes with cardboard and putty.  Flooring’s bad too.

ugly green paint wall patched with cardboard putty bad flooring Phoenix Arizona home house

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Tags: Flooring · Phoenix Homes · Repairs · Fixer-Upper · Drywall Damage