Entries from December 2011

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Says Happy New Year!

December 31st, 2011 · 4 Comments

Now that Christmas is over, Rudolph is wintering in Phoenix.  Happy New Year, everyone!

Rudolph the red nosed reindeer stuffed deer taxidermy Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Taxidermy

Getting Ready To Shelve 2011

December 31st, 2011 · 2 Comments

2012 is almost here.  It’s a clean start.  Clutter free on January 1st.  So let’s clear off the shelves please.

cluttered crowded cramped filled shelf shelves poor home staging Mesa Arizona house

No, really.  Please clear off the shelves.

cluttered crowded cramped filled shelf shelves poor home staging Sun City West Arizona house

You don’t have to prove you own a lot of stuff.

cluttered crowded cramped filled shelf shelves poor home staging Peoria Arizona house

When selling, just add a few items to the shelves.  Pack up the rest.  This is a good example.

shelf shelves nice home staging Sun City Arizona house

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Tags: Staging · Clutter · Mesa, AZ Homes · Other Arizona Cities · Peoria, AZ Homes · Family Photos

Ceiling Fail x 5

December 30th, 2011 · 5 Comments

Did an elephant walk in the attic?

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Ceiling repair fail.

ceiling damage fixer-upper foreclosure home house for sale Phoenix Arizona real estate

Not good.

ceiling damage fixer-upper foreclosure home house for sale Glendale Arizona real estate

Damaged garage ceiling.  Thanks, sellers, for leaving all these repairs for the buyers.

ceiling damage fixer-upper foreclosure home house for sale Glendale Arizona real estate

This photo’s caption reads, “stain from broken whirlybird.” (they mean the spinning attic vent).  So if it’s broken, why not fix it??!!!

ceiling damage stain fixer-upper foreclosure home house for sale Phoenix Arizona real estate

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Tags: Foreclosure · Phoenix Homes · Repairs · Glendale, AZ Homes · Fixer-Upper · Ceiling

Drum Roll Please

December 30th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Drum set right in the middle of the living room in a Millville, New Jersey home.

drum set in middle of living room poor home staging Millville New Jersey house staging photo

They like to play drums in the dark in Glendale, Arizona.

drum set in middle of living room poor home staging Glendale Arizona house staging photo

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Tags: Staging · Clutter · Window Coverings · Glendale, AZ Homes · Other US Cities

Amazing Back Yard

December 30th, 2011 · 2 Comments

We’re excited.

ugly cluttered back yard junk garbage stuff all around Mesa Arizona home house for sale

Must see.

ugly cluttered back yard junk garbage stuff all around Mesa Arizona home house for sale

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Tags: Clutter · Mesa, AZ Homes · Back Yard · Garbage and/or Junk

Let’s Try To Improve Real Estate Photos In 2012

December 29th, 2011 · 4 Comments

No more underexposed dark photos please.

underexposed too dark real estate promotional photo window drapes Chandler Arizona home

The sellers included this photo, a big improvement over the first one.  So why include the first one???!

underexposed too dark real estate promotional photo window drapes Chandler Arizona home

Please take real estate photos during the day.  Night photos look dumb.

too dark real estate promotional photo taken at night Rocky Mount North Carolina home house

Please do not change the exposure or color of the real estate photo.  Or add clouds.  Buyers can spot a fake in an instant.  Orange grass??!!

overexposed real estate promotional photo orange grass Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

More orange grass at another home.  Are they spraying the dead grass with orange paint?

overexposed real estate promotional photo orange grass Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

Please be mindful of mirrors.  Buyers want to see the house, not the photographer.

real estate promotional photo photographer reflection in mirror Phoenix Arizona home house

Yes, your reflection on glass is a reflection of your photography skills (or lack of).

real estate promotional photo photographer reflection in mirror Surprise Arizona home house

Please put away the fish eye lens.  Buyers do not like distorted photos.

real estate promotional photo fish eye lens distorted panoramic Phoenix Arizona home house

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

Mesa, Arizona Home Staging Needed

December 29th, 2011 · 7 Comments

This is the dining room.  Worn-out, soiled carpet.  Boxes and junk piled around.  First impressions?

Mesa Arizona home staging needed cluttered disorganized dining room house for sale

In the living room, chairs crammed into any available space.  The front door is blocked.

Mesa Arizona home staging needed cluttered disorganized living room house for sale

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Tags: Staging · Living Room · Clutter · Mesa, AZ Homes · Dining Room

The Sporty Look

December 29th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Sports themed house in Phoenix.  Chicago Cubs fan.

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And a Playboy bunny to boot.

sports theme Chicago Cubs baseball fan too much stuff Phoenix Arizona home house staging

These Peoria, Arizona folks are UCLA Bruins and Pittsburgh Steelers fans.

sports theme UCLA Bruins Pittsburgh Steelers fan Peoria Arizona home house staging

And Miami Dolphins fans too.

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Another Miami Dolphins fan in Watertown, New York.

Miami Dolphins fan blanket Watertown New York home house staging for sale

Now if we could only get them to be Packers before selling their homes.

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Tags: Staging · Phoenix Homes · Peoria, AZ Homes · Other US Cities

Rocky Horror

December 28th, 2011 · 5 Comments

They glued rocks to the wall.  A few have fallen down.  Their dogs must live in fear, scared to death that a rock will fall down on top of them as they use the doggy door.

ugly river rocks glued to wall old fireplace Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

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Tags: What Were They Thinking?!?! · Fireplace · Phoenix Homes

Dark Showers In the Forecast

December 28th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Two layers of shower curtains help keep out light in bathrooms.

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Buyers like dark bathrooms.  And bleach stained towels.

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Here’s a good example.  Why leave the shower curtain fully stretched?

shower curtain sports theme bathroom staging Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

It looks better with the curtain pushed back.  And it doesn’t matter then what the pattern is.

shower curtain sports theme bathroom staging Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

We’re not thrilled about the frills on this shower curtain.  A bathtub cozy??!

shower curtain ugly frilled bathroom staging Gilbert Arizona home house for sale

I don’t understand the need for a shower curtain on the outside of shower doors.

shower curtain over shower doors bathroom staging Gilbert Arizona home house for sale

Hello, Gorgeous.  Some like it haute.  Dressed to thrill.

shower curtain some like it haute dressed to thrill hello gorgeous Mesa Arizona home house

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Tags: Bathroom · Phoenix Homes · Mesa, AZ Homes · Other US Cities · Gilbert, AZ Homes · Shower Curtain