Entries from June 2013

Window Mistreatment

June 30th, 2013 · 4 Comments

Those ugly curtains match their sofa.  [Mount Vernon, Ohio]

ugly old outdated hideous window drapes curtains sheets Mount Vernon Ohio home house for sale photo

They really make a statement.  [Findlay, Ohio]

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Sheer delight.  [Grafton, West Virginia]

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Ellen was certain she had measured properly before going to the fabric store.  [Strawberry, Arizona]

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Tags: Laundry Room · Other Arizona Cities · Other US Cities · Window Coverings · Wood Paneling

Four Messy Bedrooms

June 30th, 2013 · 3 Comments

Houston, we’d had a problem here.  No kidding.

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Assistance needed in this Boone, North Carolina bedroom.

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Organized chaos in El Paso, Texas.

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Storage space is lacking in this Gettysburg, Pennsylvania bedroom.

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Tags: Bedroom · Clutter · Other US Cities · Staging

Sports Nuts

June 29th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Sports fan in Olean, New York.

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Sports fan in Peoria, Arizona.

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Another sports fan in Peoria.

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Sports fan in Mesa, Arizona.

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Pittsburgh Steellers fan in Avondale, Arizona.

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

Off-Fence

June 29th, 2013 · 3 Comments

Uh, something’s not quite right with this block fence.

cracked damaged bad foundation block wall fence Avondale Arizona home house for sale photo

Some caulking should solve this problem.

cracked damaged bad foundation block wall fence Avondale Arizona home house for sale photo

Further along the fence, someone decided to cut vertically.  Perhaps to relieve the stress from the other section?  Still…now you have 2 problems to deal with.  A buyer will see this and think, “I’m not going to pay for that or want to deal with it?”  So wouldn’t it be easier for the seller to fix the problem before selling?

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Tags: Fence or Wall · Fixer-Upper · Other Arizona Cities

Lion Around In Buckeye

June 28th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Mountain lion spotted in a Buckeye, Arizona home.  The wall treatment is certainly interesting.

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The other side of the archway is fake brick!

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Oh, deer, some turkey put taxidermy on display when selling.

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Tags: Faux Paint & Murals · Other Arizona Cities · Staging · Taxidermy · Wood Paneling

Help Prevent Landscape Abuse

June 28th, 2013 · 4 Comments

Scalping and over-pruning plants need to stop.  It looks bad and it harms the plants.

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It’s quicker for landscapers to use chainsaws or power clippers to trim bushes.  They make marshmallows, balls, and boxes out of shrubs. 

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But many of the desert plants have flowers and blooms only at the ends of their branches, so when the plants are overly pruned, there are no flowers.

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Topiary is another example of plant abuse.  Olive trees are especially at risk of overzealous landscaping.  We call it lollipopping or lion-tailing or poodle-tailing.

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Now there’s an effort by professional landscapers to educate the public and other landscapers about proper desert plant pruning.  The natural look is in.  Here’s a 4-minute video spoof to show examples of landscaping abuse.

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Tags: Gilbert, AZ Homes · Landscaping · Other Arizona Cities

Work From Home

June 27th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Buyers nowadays want home offices.  So if you have an extra room or the space, show it off as office space.  Create the scene.  Let the buyers imagine themselves working from home.

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It’s more relaxing and easier to concentrate when working at home.  A home office is a great selling feature.

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Tags: Clutter · Garbage and/or Junk · Glendale, AZ Homes · Hall of Shame - Messy · Office/Den · Phoenix Homes · Staging

Park Somewhere Else Please

June 27th, 2013 · 2 Comments

There’s a driveway on the left and a driveway on the right.  Average them both and you park in the middle.

bad parking vehicle car parked on front lawn yard Phoenix Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

That driveway has plenty of room for both vehicles plus more.  Hint, hint.

bad parking vehicle car parked on front lawn yard Phoenix Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

When it does rain, I’ll bet those tire ruts fill up with water.

bad parking vehicle car parked on front lawn yard Phoenix Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

Technically, it’s kinda a paved surface, so it’s probably not a zoning violation in Phoenix.  But moving both vehicles away would allow buyers to see the front of the house.  Just saying.

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They were unloading cases of soda pop?

bad parking vehicle car parked on front lawn yard Mesa Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

Is it a used car lot or a home for sale?

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Home sales in Houston, Texas are as flat as that tire?

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Tags: Bad Parking · Mesa, AZ Homes · Other US Cities · Peoria, AZ Homes · Phoenix Homes

Everything and the Kitchen Sink

June 26th, 2013 · 5 Comments

It’s a visual smorgasbord in this Mesa, Arizona kitchen.  A little of everything thrown in.  We’re going to take a closer look, panning from left to right and sometimes down and up.

The light over the kitchen island looks a bit dusty.

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Good thing there aren’t earthquakes in Mesa.  Otherwise, bye, bye, spices.  The photographer’s thumb got in the way.

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There’s some kind of crank thing on the kitchen island.  If I’m not mistaken, it’s a grinder of sorts and could be an ice crusher.

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They rag-rolled the kitchen cabinets.  The world’s smallest Tibetan prayers flags are hanging on the chair.  Lots of visual distractions here.

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We look down to admire the faux paint technique on the cabinets.

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We look up to admire the pot rack!

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It’s hard for your eyes to focus on one part.

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The knives are certainly handy.

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Tags: Cabinets · Clutter · Faux Paint & Murals · Kitchen · Knives · Mesa, AZ Homes · Pot Rack

50 Cents an Hour To Park

June 26th, 2013 · 3 Comments

There’s a parking meter in the bedroom!

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Tags: Bedroom · Phoenix Homes · Staging · Wood Paneling