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Phoenix Area Homes With Clutter, Ugly Décor, and Bad Taste

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Before & After – Empty vs. Furnished

January 31st, 2015 · 3 Comments

One of the most common questions when sellers consider selling their homes is, “Will my house look better furnished or empty?”  The answer is usually “it depends.”  As we’ve seen many times on this blog, furniture & furnishings can make or break a home’s appeal.  Today we have a great example to compare empty versus furnished.  However, the Before photo is probably the furnished one; the After photo when empty.

Empty Family Room.

real estate debate question which looks better empty or versus furnished Sun City Arizona home house for sale staging

Furnished Family Room.

real estate debate question which looks better empty or versus furnished Sun City Arizona home house for sale staging

Empty Family Room.

real estate debate question which looks better empty or versus furnished Sun City Arizona home house for sale staging

Furnished Family Room.

real estate debate question which looks better empty or versus furnished Sun City Arizona home house for sale staging

Empty Family Room.

real estate debate question which looks better empty or versus furnished Sun City Arizona home house for sale staging

Furnished Family Room.

real estate debate question which looks better empty or versus furnished Sun City Arizona home house for sale staging

Empty Dining Room.

real estate debate question which looks better empty or versus furnished Sun City Arizona home house for sale staging

Furnished Dining Room.

real estate debate question which looks better empty or versus furnished Sun City Arizona home house for sale staging

Empty Master Bedroom.

real estate debate question which looks better empty or versus furnished Sun City Arizona home house for sale staging

Furnished Master Bedroom.

real estate debate question which looks better empty or versus furnished Sun City Arizona home house for sale staging

Empty Bedroom.

real estate debate question which looks better empty or versus furnished Sun City Arizona home house for sale staging

Furnished Bedroom.

real estate debate question which looks better empty or versus furnished Sun City Arizona home house for sale staging

Empty Hallway.

real estate debate question which looks better empty or versus furnished Sun City Arizona home house for sale staging

Furnished Hallway.

real estate debate question which looks better empty or versus furnished Sun City Arizona home house for sale staging

→ 3 CommentsTags: Staging · Family Room · Bedroom · Dining Room · Other Arizona Cities · Before & After

Fake Staging

January 31st, 2015 · 1 Comment

We continue with the debate: does a home show better when empty or when staged?  The next question is: can the seller afford home staging services?  If not, then virtual staging becomes an option.  This is a fairly new service that is gaining in popularity.  Sellers hire a company to digitally stage furniture and furnishings onto their photos.  This service can cost several hundred dollars versus several thousand dollars for actual furniture rental.  Let’s take a look.

Before Living Room.

before after photo picture fake staging with digital virtual furniture furnishings Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

After Living Room.

before after photo picture fake staging with digital virtual furniture furnishings Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

Before Breakfast Room.

before after photo picture fake staging with digital virtual furniture furnishings Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

After Breakfast Room.

before after photo picture fake staging with digital virtual furniture furnishings Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

Before Kitchen.

before after photo picture fake staging with digital virtual furniture furnishings Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

After Kitchen.  My personal thoughts are that it is a good idea if the empty space is monochromatic and lacks visual energy (”tan and bland”) and/or the space is so big that buyers can’t envision where to place furniture.  But only if both actual and virtual photos are included and a disclaimer included in the write-up.  A Realtor from a New York City real estate TV show got in trouble for only including virtually staged photos on his listing.

before after photo picture fake staging with digital virtual furniture furnishings Phoenix Arizona home house for sale

→ 1 CommentTags: Staging · Phoenix Homes · Before & After

Mold, Mold, Go Away

January 30th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Mold at an Apache Junction, Arizona home.

mold mildew problem wall Apache Junction Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

Mold in an El Mirage, Arizona laundry room.

mold mildew problem wall laundry room El Mirage Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

Mold and mildew in a Houston, Texas bathroom.

mold mildew problem dirty bathtub shower bathroom Houston Texas home house for sale real estate photo

→ 1 CommentTags: Bathroom · Other Arizona Cities · Mold & Mildew · Other US Cities

Jockeying For Your Attention

January 30th, 2015 · 3 Comments

Jockeys at a Sun City, Arizona home.

six lawn jockeys holding lanterns lining both sides of a driveway Sun City Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

Which one has the illegal shock device?

six lawn jockeys holding lanterns lining both sides of a driveway Sun City Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

→ 3 CommentsTags: Driveway · Other Arizona Cities · Collections

Goldilocks & the Spaghetti

January 29th, 2015 · No Comments

Goldilocks was proud of her yard’s advanced sprinkler system.  She had oodles of noodles to bring precious water to her lawns.

plastic sprinkler water pipes painted blue look like spaghetti inefficient sprinkling system landscaping fail Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

Oh, no!  The front lawn is too dry, Goldilocks.

inefficient sprinkling system landscaping fail grass dying too dry uneven watering Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

And the back yard’s lawn is too wet, Goldilocks.

inefficient sprinkling system landscaping fail grass dying too wet uneven watering Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

→ No CommentsTags: Landscaping · Phoenix Homes

House Extension

January 29th, 2015 · No Comments

When the listing said the house had several extensions, buyers were excited to see the extra space.  They were disappointed, however, when they saw the extension cords instead.

power extension cords lying across the entire room cluttered boxes Surprise Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

→ No CommentsTags: Staging · Clutter · Surprise, AZ Homes

Check It Out If You Dare

January 28th, 2015 · 2 Comments

If you see moths flying around, RUN!!!

scary looking creepy hole in the carport garage for oil change dilapidated plywood Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

→ 2 CommentsTags: Garage or Carport · Phoenix Homes

Topiary Elephant & Turtle

January 28th, 2015 · 3 Comments

Topiary bush shaped into an elephant.  With plastic daisies as eyes.

topiary bush shaped like an elephant with orange plastic daisies as eyes landscaping Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

They also trimmed a rosemary bush into a turtle!

topiary rosemary bush trimmed shaped like turtle landscaping Mesa Arizona home house for sale photo

→ 3 CommentsTags: Landscaping · Mesa, AZ Homes

Short & Not Sweet

January 27th, 2015 · 3 Comments

Short sale in Gilbert, Arizona.  Notice how the carpet was originally pink in color (where the bed used to be).  And notice the carpet torn up.  And the window “drapes.”

bed sheets used as window curtains drapes bedroom carpet soiled dirty ruined torn short sale Gilbert Arizona home house photo

Dirty walls, cluttered bedroom, camouflage curtain.

camouflage blanket as window curtain drapes dirty walls cluttered bedroom short sale Gilbert Arizona home house photo

Blankets used as curtains in the kitchen.

three blankets hung used as window curtains drapes cluttered kitchen short sale Gilbert Arizona home house photo

Another cluttered bedroom.  One dirty pillow.

dirty pillow cluttered bedroom short sale Gilbert Arizona home house photo

Something is blocking the window.  Box of Trix cereal in this bedroom.  Frosted Flakes in another.

window blocked box of Trix cereal cluttered bedroom short sale Gilbert Arizona home house photo

Video games!

TV video games cluttered living room short sale Gilbert Arizona home house photo

Where’s the fireplace?

TV video games cluttered fireplace blocked covered up living room short sale Gilbert Arizona home house photo

→ 3 CommentsTags: Carpet · Living Room · Kitchen · Bedroom · Clutter · Foreclosure · Window Coverings · Garbage and/or Junk · Dirt, Dust, & Filth · Gilbert, AZ Homes

It’s In the Bag(s)

January 26th, 2015 · 3 Comments

Can you explain this?

dozens of garbage bags filled up and piled up in back yard junky cluttered Phoenix Arizona homes houses for sale real estate photo

→ 3 CommentsTags: Phoenix Homes · Back Yard · Garbage and/or Junk