Entries from August 2017

They Poohed the Bed

August 17th, 2017 · 2 Comments

Uh oh. Someone Pooh’ed the bed. Too much effort to fix the bottom sheet and make the bed and rearrange the stuffed animals.

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Tags: Bedroom · Phoenix Homes · Staging · Stuffed Animals

The Dog Days of August 2017

August 16th, 2017 · 4 Comments

Sellers continue to showcase their dogs in their real estate photos.

Medina James at DogEtiquette.info has suggestions for dealing with pets when selling your house.

Medina has also provided some useful links regarding pets when selling:
1. Visit rover.com to find a place to board your dog
2. Visit thebalance.com for expectations on scheduling showings
3. Visit bhg.com for other tips on decluttering
4. Visit getridofthings.com for tips on eliminating pet odors
5. Visit realtor.com to find more things you should be talking to your realtor about

I showed a home this past weekend where the owner was smoking inside the house (full ashtray on the coffee table too). We waited while he put his three big dogs outside. Swirls of dog hair rolled along the floor inside. Outside, the dogs barked and stood up against a flimsy wire fence. We were all nervous.

DogEtiquette.info also has information about dog friendly coffee shops, dog friendly hotels, dog friendly beaches, and dog friendly breweries.

Dogs, while cute, do not belong in real estate marketing photos.

DogEtiquette.info also has information about dog training and dog etiquette at coffee shops.

Here is advice for dog etiquette when buying a home.

Some more helpful links related to pets:
1. Visit www.rover.com to find a drop-in pet sitter in your area
2. Visit www.cesarsway.com for help with preparing your dog to socialize
3. Visit www.realtor.com to learn more about escrow
4. Visit www.hgtv.com for more information on open house etiquette
5. Visit www.ada.gov for more service-animal-related guidelines

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Tags: Clutter · People In Photos · Pets · Phoenix Homes · Staging

Get Organized At Office Depot

August 15th, 2017 · 2 Comments

Chaos.

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Tags: Clutter · Garbage and/or Junk · Living Room · Phoenix Homes

Not Short On Belongings

August 14th, 2017 · 2 Comments

Short sale in Mesa, Arizona, but long on the list of personal belongings on display.

Are you distracted enough by all the stuff to ignore the two missing tiles?

The closets are full.

The sellers ignored the ceiling.

Another view of the room.

And another view. Shoe‘dn’t the footwear be stored in a closet?

Stuffed full.

More ceiling damage.

He could not.

Kitchen islands are great for adding extra storage space.

Fine dining.

Too many cobwebs on the chandelier.

Missed opportunity to highlight the big picture window and vaulted ceiling.

One light bulb does not match the others.

What happened to the tiles by the drain?

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Tags: Bathroom · Ceiling · Clutter · Dining Room · Kitchen · Living Room · Mesa, AZ Homes · Staging · Wallpaper · Water Damage

California Dreamin’

August 13th, 2017 · 1 Comment

Thank you to our reader Greg who sent these photos of a Tracy, California home. Supposedly the seller had grown marijuana in the garage a few years ago.

Lush landscaping in the back yard. Your own oasis from the chaos of the world.

Your first impression entering the house.

Too bad the photo is trashed by having a bag of garbage in it.

Child’s play and adult anger.

More damage seen around the house.

Access to shower plumbing.

A little too late to start tidying up now. The photographer waits for no one.

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Tags: Back Yard · Bedroom · Drywall Damage · Fixer-Upper · Garage or Carport · Other US Cities · People In Photos · Weeds

Feline Frisky In Bed

August 12th, 2017 · No Comments

Young men, watch out. There’s a cougar on the prowl.

The black panther has round buttocks. Interesting.

Tigers in the jungle?

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Tags: Bedroom · Bedspread · Other Arizona Cities · Peoria, AZ Homes · Phoenix Homes

Prepare To Hover

August 11th, 2017 · 4 Comments

If you really had to go to the bathroom, you’ll have to hover over the toilet. Great for building your quad muscles.

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Tags: Bathroom · Dirt, Dust, & Filth · Phoenix Homes

Pool Time

August 10th, 2017 · 1 Comment

This swimming pool is empty.

This swimming pool is 1/4 full.

This swimming pool is half full.

This swimming pool is full. Can we assume the owners allowed their kids to swim here?

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Tags: Back Yard · Mesa, AZ Homes · People In Photos · Phoenix Homes · Pool & Spa

Y Ask Y

August 9th, 2017 · 2 Comments

Most buyers would love a soaking tub. How about this one? It’s from a Goodyear, Arizona home being sold as a short sale.

Not sure why someone would need four pair of scissors at the ready.

The kid did pick up his room. Now to shampoo the carpet.

Cluttered garage. [The photo was blurry]

Above the covered patio is a sundeck! See the table up there?

Storage shed included.

Concrete blocks and scrap wood included too.

Two TV sets and a vacuum cleaner also included.

The owners were too tired to clean up the back yard.

This house could be yours, in six months when the bank approves the short sale.

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Tags: Back Yard · Bathroom · Bedroom · Garage or Carport · Garbage and/or Junk · Other Arizona Cities · Patio · Weeds

Shadow Photography

August 8th, 2017 · No Comments

Another example of how not to take a real estate photo: long shadows.

Here’s a tip: Take real estate pictures at different times of day and from different angles to avoid shadows.

So the same photographer tried a different angle and then included a shadow of his/her car. Ugh.

This photographer wanted extra lighting to shoot a guest house. Too bad he/she didn’t step inside and to the right.

Oh, come on. The moral is: hire a professional photographer when selling your home. Or at least put your foot down and demand a replacement photo.

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Tags: Other Arizona Cities · Phoenix Homes · Poor Photography