Entries from October 2012

Happy Halloween!

October 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Have a safe & fun Halloween!

Portland, Oregon home that’s filled with the Halloween spirit.  How about taking a new photo without decorations when selling?

Halloween decorations tombstones front yard Portland Oregon home house for sale photo

Boo!  Scary short sale home in Phoenix.  They used this photo when the house was listed November 29, 2011 (one month after Halloween).  Despite that, it went under contract on November 30th, but then took 10 months (!!) to get bank approval and sell; it sold October 2, 2012.  So perhaps they were okay to use the Halloween photo.

Halloween decorations ghost pumpkins front yard Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

Witchie Poo graduated with a Boo-chelar’s degree in Spells & Potions.

Halloween decorations witch Gilbert Arizona home house for sale photo

Happy ‘Ween, everyone.

Halloween decorations pumpkin decals stickers Youngtown Arizona home house for sale photo

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Phoenix Homes · Other Arizona Cities · Family Photos · Holiday Décor · Other US Cities · Gilbert, AZ Homes

Happy Jack-O-Lantern Day

October 31st, 2012 · 1 Comment

Only a few more hours to carve those pumpkins before the little ones arrive at your doorstep.

Halloween decoration pumpkin jack-o-lantern Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

Feeling blue about Halloween?  You should be tickled pink.

Halloween decoration plastic pumpkin jack-o-lantern Peoria Arizona home house for sale photo

Boo!

Halloween decoration pumpkin jack-o-lantern Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

The Great Pumpkin is smiling because this Mesa, Arizona home sold on April 30th, six months after Halloween.

Halloween decoration inflatable pumpkin jack-o-lantern Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Mesa, AZ Homes · Peoria, AZ Homes · Holiday Décor

Disgustingly Dirty Carpet

October 30th, 2012 · 6 Comments

They should be ashamed.  Filthy carpet.

disgusting filthy dirty soiled blackened soiled carpet Glendale Arizona home house for sale

How dirty can you be to track it in throughout the house?

disgusting filthy dirty soiled blackened soiled carpet Glendale Arizona home house for sale

Yuck.

disgusting filthy dirty soiled blackened soiled carpet Glendale Arizona home house for sale

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Tags: Carpet · Glendale, AZ Homes · Dirt, Dust, & Filth

Dream Homes

October 30th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Original post title Where Dreams Go To Die seemed a bit harsh.

Is this a dream board?  Did all of her dreams come true?  Sad looking vine.  Poor dog stuck in a crate.  Clutter around the fireplace.

dream board dead vine cluttered fireplace dog in crate Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

Another home.  This one with two dream catchers.

two ugly dream catchers bedroom Phoenix Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

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Tags: Staging · Clutter · Fireplace · Phoenix Homes · Pets

Shipping Container House In Flagstaff, Arizona

October 30th, 2012 · 10 Comments

It might not be pretty to look at, but it’s certainly innovative.  It’s a residence in Flagstaff, Arizona made from shipping containers.  The owners purchased 6 containers, had them modified, and then placed on 40 concrete piers.

shipping containers modified residence sustainable repurposed Flagstaff Arizona home house

I visited this house in late September as part of the 3rd annual Sustainable Home & Water Conservation Tour.

shipping containers modified residence sustainable repurposed Flagstaff Arizona home house

The walls were furred out in steel lumber and insulated with high density foam, plus a reflective ceramic coating on the outside.  It also has a passive solar design to minimize lighting usage plus 16 photovoltaic solar panels totaling 3.5 kilowatts.

shipping containers modified residence sustainable repurposed Flagstaff Arizona home house

Water conservation and reuse is gaining traction in new construction in Flagstaff, Arizona, especially rainwater harvesting.  This home features a 4,000 gallon rainwater harvesting storage system for landscaping.  I saw other homes on the tour that collect rainwater for toilet and laundry and also for drinking (using UV light to kill microbes).

shipping containers modified residence sustainable repurposed Flagstaff Arizona home house

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Tags: Remodeling · Other Arizona Cities

Colorful Shower Curtain

October 29th, 2012 · 3 Comments

It’s certainly a colorful shower curtain.  Could make for a great Halloween costume.  How about pushing it to the side so we can see the shower?

ugly colorful bright pink purple blue shower curtain bathroom Phoenix Arizona home house

Oh.  Never mind.  Tile’s missing.

ugly colorful bright pink purple blue shower curtain bathroom Phoenix Arizona home house

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Tags: Bathroom · Phoenix Homes · Shower Curtain

Updated Wood Paneling

October 29th, 2012 · 5 Comments

If you buy a home with outdated wood paneling or wood strips, paint over it with green paint for a fresh look.

old outdated wood strips paneling painted over green Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

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Tags: Paint · Phoenix Homes · Wood Paneling

Pot Racks In Your Face

October 29th, 2012 · 6 Comments

The pot rack dominates the kitchen.  Does it really need to be there?  [Chandler, Arizona]

ugly eyesore pot rack kitchen staging Chandler Arizona home house for sale photo

The pot rack blocks the view of the kitchen.  Are you pushing the pot rack or the kitchen?  [New River, Arizona]

ugly eyesore pot rack kitchen staging New River Arizona home house for sale photo

Here’s a suggestion:  remove all the pots and pans from the pot rack as seen here.  That way, buyers can see the entire kitchen.  Also, please remove the cat from the photo.  Thanks, Lisa, for noticing the dog’s face in the lower right corner.  [Apache Junction, Arizona]

pot rack kitchen staging cat on top of cabinet Apache Junction Arizona home house for sale photo

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Tags: Staging · Pets · Other Arizona Cities · Pot Rack · Chandler, AZ Homes

Watch Your Step

October 28th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Your foot might crash through the bathroom floor if you’re not careful.  Professional repair made by an Orangeburg, South Carolina seller.

hole in bathroom floor covered up with pad duct tape fixer-upper bad repair Orangeburg South Carolina home house

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Tags: Bathroom · Repairs · Wallpaper · Fixer-Upper · Other US Cities

Unusual Birdhouse

October 28th, 2012 · 5 Comments

Jimmy made a birdhouse in high school shop class.  Mom is proudly displaying it in her Dothan, Alabama bathroom.

unusual questionable birdhouse design on display in bathroom Dothan Alabama home house for sale

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