Entries from March 2013

Perfection In Pennsville

March 31st, 2013 · 1 Comment

Pennsville, New Jersey home for sale.  The sellers are well-prepared for buyers, they think.

The bedroom looks worse for wear.  Note the stained mattress.  A yellow box under the bed (left side).  Mouse trap?  The room has a masculine feel, but there appear to be women’s shoes and a dog collar.

messy dirty cluttered bedroom stained mattress Pennsville New Jersey home house for sale

Here we see another view of the bedroom.  They blocked the exit door so buyers can run away.

messy dirty cluttered bedroom stained mattress Pennsville New Jersey home house for sale

Here’s the family room.  Dirty, filthy, stained carpet.  Clutter and whatnot.

messy dirty cluttered family room stained carpet Pennsville New Jersey home house for sale

The garage is filled with everything but a car.

cluttered crammed cramped filled up with junk stuff garage Pennsville New Jersey home house for sale

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Tags: Staging · Family Room · Garage or Carport · Bedroom · Clutter · Garbage and/or Junk · Other US Cities

Amusement Park In Your Back Yard

March 31st, 2013 · 2 Comments

This home in Norfolk, Nebraska has a water park behind it.  Is that a good thing or a bad thing?  Older aerial views of the property showed an empty lot behind the house.  And another aerial view showed construction of the amusement park.  No wonder they’re selling.

amusement water park slide in your back yard Norfolk Nebraska home house for sale photo

When buying a house, look over the fence in the back yard.  Research the properties surrounding the house.  You never know.  I showed a house in Surprise, Arizona many years ago.  There was a huge empty lot behind the house.  I drove the buyers around to check out the lot.  There was a big sign announcing a new Lowe’s hardware store.  So if they bought the house, they’d hear beep beep beep at 4am when the trucks were unloading in back, plus deal with floodlights.  They did not buy the house.

amusement water park slide in your back yard Norfolk Nebraska home house for sale photo

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It Was a Kitchen

March 30th, 2013 · 3 Comments

The kitchen was vandalized.

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Tags: Kitchen · Phoenix Homes · Cabinets · Fixer-Upper · Vandalism & Theft

Before & After Transformation In Mesa, Arizona

March 30th, 2013 · 6 Comments

Before Front of House.  Purchased by an investor for $36,000 as a short sale.

before after renovation remodeling project curb appeal Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

Before Front of House.

before after renovation remodeling project curb appeal Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

After Front of House.  The investor renovated the house, installed a new roof, installed new windows, and sold it for $155,000.

before after renovation remodeling project curb appeal Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

Before Kitchen.  They didn’t care?

before after renovation remodeling project kitchen Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

After Kitchen.

before after renovation remodeling project kitchen Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

After Kitchen.

before after renovation remodeling project kitchen Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

Before Dining Area.  That’s what the photo’s caption states.

cluttered hoarding messy chaotic dining room Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

After Dining Area.

before after renovation remodeling project dining room Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

Before Carport.  Cluttered and dirty.

cluttered dirty messy dead leaves carport Mesa Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

After Bathroom.

after renovation remodeling project bathroom Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

After Bedroom.

after renovation remodeling project bedroom Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Bathroom · Kitchen · Garage or Carport · Bedroom · Clutter · Remodeling · Mesa, AZ Homes · Dining Room

Quality Entertainment

March 29th, 2013 · 3 Comments

Entertainment center/media niche with mold and mildew.  We rate it one star.

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Wood Paneling · Mold & Mildew · Entertainment/Media Niche

Dark Kitchen

March 29th, 2013 · 4 Comments

Most buyers prefer kitchens to be light and bright and to have a window.

ugly dark red black painted kitchen cabinets depressing Scottsdale Arizona home house for sale

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Tags: Kitchen · Scottsdale, AZ Homes · Cabinets

Extended Family

March 29th, 2013 · 4 Comments

It’s been a while since we’ve seen lots of family photos displayed in real estate promotional photos.

too many family photos on display real estate staging picture Mesa Arizona home house for sale

There’s no reason to share your family with buyers.

too many family photos on display real estate staging picture Star Valley Arizona home house for sale

Family photos are visually distracting.

too many family photos on display real estate staging picture Youngtown Arizona home house for sale

Most sellers pack them away before selling.

too many family photos on display real estate staging picture Youngtown Arizona home house for sale

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Tags: Staging · Other Arizona Cities · Family Photos

Unique Take On Home Staging

March 28th, 2013 · 2 Comments

Some home staging can be so exact and minimalistic that it comes across as cold, sterile, and fake.  These sellers decided against that staging technique.

In the office, they went for the rooted-in look.

cluttered messy disorganized chaotic office poor bad home staging Phoenix Arizona house for sale

In this room, they went for a versatile look.  It’s a bedroom, it’s a storage room, it’s a …

cluttered messy disorganized bedroom poor bad home staging Phoenix Arizona house for sale

In the living room, they went for the night look…

poor real estate photography too dark no flash living room Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

…AND the day look!  It shows off the room’s different personalities.

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In the bedroom, they wanted to show how much room there is for hoarding.

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Warm kitchen.

cluttered kitchen no cabinets poor home staging Phoenix Arizona house for sale photo

Bright kitchen.

cluttered kitchen no cabinets poor home staging Phoenix Arizona house for sale photo

Need shelves in your bathroom for toiletries?  Remove the drywall and use the noggings as shelves!!

 bathroom drywall removed using noggings as shelves for toiletries Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

They wanted to emphasize that the garage can be a multi-purpose room.

cluttered junky filled up cramped garage too much stuff Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

You can never have too many hangers.

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Dead tree out front?  Perfect for Halloween.

dead mulberry tree in front yard dirt dumb real estate photo Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

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Tags: Staging · Bathroom · Kitchen · Garage or Carport · Bedroom · Clutter · Phoenix Homes · Office/Den · Knives · Garbage and/or Junk · Poor Photography · Fixer-Upper · Drywall Damage

Bea…

March 28th, 2013 · 6 Comments

We can see the B, E, & A in this Surprise, Arizona home’s bedroom.  But what is the missing letter?  BeaD, BeaK, BeaM, BeaN, BeaR, or BeaT?

bea letters painted on bedroom wall Surprise Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

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Tags: Paint · Surprise, AZ Homes

The Big Reveal

March 27th, 2013 · 2 Comments

Uh, they wish they hadn’t removed the wet bar sink & cabinets.  Ignorance is bliss.  Now mold is abundant.  [Trenton, New Jersey]

mold mildew behind wet bar sink damaged wall Trenton New Jersey home house for sale photo

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Tags: Mold & Mildew · Other US Cities