Entries from November 2011

Bedroom Staging Fail

November 30th, 2011 · 5 Comments

This North Platte, Nebraska bedroom is not ready for buyers.

messy cluttered poor home house staging bedroom clothes North Platte Nebraska photo

This Mesa, Arizona bedroom suffers from an identity crisis.  Is it a bedroom, a storage room, a music room, a hobby room, etc.?

messy cluttered poor home house staging bedroom clothes Mesa Arizona photo

Too much going on in this Sun City, Arizona bedroom.

messy cluttered poor home house staging bedroom hobby stuff Sun City Arizona photo

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Tags: Staging · Bedroom · Clutter · Mesa, AZ Homes · Other Arizona Cities · Other US Cities

Real Estate Photography Fail

November 30th, 2011 · 4 Comments

You only get one chance to impress, excite, entice, captivate, and attract a buyer with your real estate photo.  Get it right the first time.

bad poor awful real estate photography picture blurry Tempe Arizona home house for sale

Photo mosaics are confusing to buyers.

bad poor awful real estate photography picture distorted Millville New Jersey home house for sale

Dark photos are unacceptable.

bad poor awful real estate photography picture dark Millville New Jersey home house for sale

Fish eye lens photos are a turn off.

bad poor awful real estate photography picture fish eye Millville New Jersey home house for sale

Blurry photos don’t help sell homes.

bad poor awful real estate photography picture blurry Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Tempe, AZ Homes · Poor Photography · Other US Cities

Swimming Pool Photo Tips

November 30th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Here’s a suggestion for taking photos of swimming pools when selling your house:  Stir up the water first.  A flat water pool looks boring.

real estate photography picture tip swimming pool staging Phoenix Arizona home house

This swimming pool looks much more inviting.  Now you can call it a sparkling clean pool.  I’ll admit when I first started in real estate, I took pictures of calm water.  But now I will take a pool brush or net pole and slap the water to create waves, then hurry and take the picture.

real estate photography picture tip swimming pool staging Mesa Arizona home house

Waterfall features can add a lot to a pool’s appearance.  So be sure to turn them on for the real estate photo.  A trickle of water doesn’t count.

real estate photography picture tip swimming pool staging waterfall Phoenix Arizona home house

Doesn’t this look better?

real estate photography picture tip swimming pool staging waterfall Chandler Arizona home house

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Tags: Pool & Spa · Phoenix Homes · Mesa, AZ Homes · Poor Photography · Chandler, AZ Homes

Wallpaper Pleasures

November 29th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Please enjoy these four intriguing wallpaper patterns.

Shiny & viny in Goodyear, Arizona.

ugly outdated old shiny metallic vines wallpaper dining room Goodyear Arizona home house

It looks brand new.  Phoenix bathroom.

ugly outdated old bathroom wallpaper Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

Spring flowers in Missoula, Montana.

ugly outdated old bathroom wallpaper flowers Missoula Montana home house for sale photo

Country scene repeated a thousand times.  North Platte, Nebraska.

ugly outdated old country wallpaper North Platte Nebraska home house for sale photo

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Wallpaper · Other Arizona Cities · Other US Cities

What Is It?

November 29th, 2011 · 9 Comments

What is this mosaic supposed to be?  Answer is in the comments section.  From a Wickenburg, Arizona home.  The pattern is available on Etsy?

bad amateur cheap mosaic tile pattern horse Wickenburg Arizona home house for sale

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Tags: Tile · Other Arizona Cities

A Review of Kitchen Design Planning

November 29th, 2011 · 9 Comments

Let’s look at the layout of two kitchens.  Who designed these kitchens?

1953 Phoenix home.  Designed for people without stoves or refrigerators or storage needs.

poor bad inadequate kitchen layout design plan Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

Oh, the oven goes on the right wall.  There’s the gas line stub.  Neat idea.  No counters or cabinets near the stove/oven.  That’s not very handy.

poor bad inadequate kitchen layout design plan Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

Where does the refrigerator go?  On the left side of the sliding door?

poor bad inadequate kitchen layout design plan Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

This is another Phoenix home that was recently updated.  Let’s put the oven and refrigerator waaaay over there.  You can heat your milk on the stove when you put it down.

poor bad inadequate kitchen layout design plan Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

Could you put the refrigerator on the other wall?  It then creates that desired kitchen triangle pattern.

poor bad inadequate kitchen layout design plan Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

They kept the original cabinets, thank you.  But didn’t include a dishwasher.  We take back our thank you.

poor bad inadequate kitchen layout design plan Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

Here’s how the kitchen looked before renovation.  They had the stove on this wall all by itself.

poor bad inadequate kitchen layout design plan Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

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Tags: Kitchen · Phoenix Homes

Happy 4th Anniversary, Ugly House Photos!

November 28th, 2011 · 18 Comments

Today is our 4th year anniversary!!  Congratulations to UglyHousePhotos!

Since we started four years ago, there have been 147,585,500 hits, over 12 million page views, and over 5 million unique visitors.  We’ve been averaging over 6,400 unique visitors per day in 2011.  5,685 posts and 13,900 comments.

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Thank you to Dru and Nik for inspiring me to start this blog in 2007.

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We Were Proven Wrong

November 28th, 2011 · 12 Comments

This blog frequently recommends removing old wallpaper and updating an outdated house before selling.  The reason is that the seller usually sells an outdated home for less money.
However, we have to admit we were wrong.  At least one time, that is.
This 1956 Phoenix home actually sold ABOVE asking price!

old outdated 1956 kitchen wallpaper yellow counters Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

Same owners since 1958!!

old outdated 1956 kitchen wallpaper yellow counters Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

Check out that original stove/oven!

old outdated 1956 kitchen wallpaper yellow counters Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

They listed the house for $150,000.

old outdated 1956 dining room wood paneling yellow carpet Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

It sold in 2 days for $180,000!  $30,000 above asking price!!

old outdated 1956 living room wood paneling yellow carpet Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

Wood paneling did not ruin the sale.

old outdated 1956 living room wood paneling yellow carpet Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

The reason this home probably sold so quickly and for more money is that it was designed by architect Ralph Haver.  There are several subdivisions from that era in Phoenix.  They rarely go up for sale and are quickly sold when listed.  Mid-Century Modern enthusiasts scour these subdivisions for new listings.  More info on Ralph Haver here.

old outdated exterior front yard Ralph Haver designed 1956 home house Phoenix Arizona

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Tags: Kitchen · Phoenix Homes · Dining Room · Wallpaper · Wood Paneling

Kidding Around Again

November 28th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Those kids are at it again.  Hogging the spotlight in real estate photos.

Lakers fans.

two kids boys playing video games Lakers fans posters bedroom Phoenix Arizona home

“I helped Mommy stack the pillows.”

little girl child master bedroom Phoenix Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

“Hurry up so I can watch TV!”

little girl child living room Glendale Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

The photo’s caption reads, “Child does not convey” (with the house).

little boy child picking oranges Mesa Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

Mikey is auditioning for a Life cereal commercial.

little boy child eating cereal breakfast Goodyear Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

“Is my Harry Potter invisibility cloak working?”

little boy child standing in living room Mesa Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Mesa, AZ Homes · Other Arizona Cities · Glendale, AZ Homes · People In Photos

Millville, New Jersey House Needs Help

November 27th, 2011 · 7 Comments

Please help this sad bathroom.

sad looking ugly bathroom needs work fixer-upper Millville New Jersey home house for sale

Mom & Dad like their kids to stay close to them, 24/7.

two bunk beds in master bedroom creepy staging Millville New Jersey home house for sale

She’s reflecting on why the sofa cushions don’t match.

woman lady person reflection in mirror mismatched couch sofa cushions Millville New Jersey home house

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Tags: Staging · Bathroom · Bedroom · Wood Paneling · Fixer-Upper · Other US Cities · People In Photos