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Old 05-27-2010, 02:36 PM   #46
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Old faded terrible ugly plastic light switches and/or covers make me cringe. My aunt redid her whole kitchen and it looks beautiful except there are original 1970s light switches on the wall that were probably once white and are now some shade of yellow.

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Old 05-27-2010, 02:48 PM   #47
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Have to agree with JakAHearts, replacing aged, damaged or ugly faceplates and switches is one of the easiest and cheapest things to do for a home and makes a world of difference.

My biggest pet peeves:

- Lack of cleanliness
- Lack of overhead lighting in any room (or in large closets).
- Kitchen lighting that causes shadows onto a counter or sink you are standing in front of
- Any signs of apparent lack of care for the house (broken/cracked electrical faceplates, burnt out bulbs, furnace filters with caked on dust, etc. By the way, I think that the furnace filter is one of the best things to check out for an indication of the care and attention of the previous home owner.
- Staging, yes I hate staging, if I see staging, I assume the owner's are money-grubbers and everything they DIY is cheap, not always true but often enough from my experiences
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Old 05-27-2010, 03:03 PM   #48
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The number one has got to be clutter or just generally a mess. Closely followed by untamed children running around. Dogs, I understand their curiosity. But why could you not tell your children they need to go play in the yard, or just not be a menace while people are looking to buy the house.

One house we looked at buying last year, had actually LOCKED the door to the master bedroom. Let me say that again, the door to the master bedroom was locked. Now, if you are trying to sell your house, people need to actually be able to see the house. It wasn't like we just showed up unannounced and asked to see the place - or realtor scheduled it over a week in advance. The layout of that house had potential too, but the general mess, pet-stained carpets, and clutter would not have ever been able to leave my mind.




When I sold my last house, we showed by appointment only. Whenever anyone was coming we not only made sure we did a full cleaning, but gathered the dog -and all signs of the dog (toys, bowls, etc)- and made sure we were not even at home. That way people could look without feeling weird or rushed. Sold the house in under 3 months in early 2009.
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Well, we are closing on our first house on June 9th. I've always been a DIY'er and basically was getting my fix on my friends and siblings houses until now. I hate shoddy work and when "close enough" attitude is used to compensate for it. Here's the list (the much abbreviated one) I came up with based on looking at houses :

- Bad trim. Missing pieces of trim. Trim that shows all the imperfections/bends of the wall. If there is no molding around a doorway, don't cut the baseboard molding at 90 degrees when it meets the doorway. Take 5 minutes and put a return on the end. Gaps where molding meets (guess what, that corner that looks 90 degrees? It's not)
- Bad drywall repair jobs. Another thing that people like to use "good enough" on. Somehow when they paint over it and it sticks out like a sore thumb, they can look at it day after day and not be bothered?
- Letting the landscaping go to hell.
- Painted-over faceplates.

General disrepair. We looked at one house where there was a crack running up one of the interior walls, nothing had been cleaned, the kitchen had a plastic drop ceiling with flourescent lights above it and half the panels were cracked, the concrete stairs up to the front door had seperated from the house by about 3" and were crumbling. The old nasty fat dude who lived there was sitting in the kitchen smoking, with sauce stains all over his wife beater, and talking about how we should go see his dog out back, and the dog loves people. Well that house was way overpriced, especially for the condition. The house we ended up getting we got a great deal on, and is a few streets over, and in amazing condition.
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- Painted-over faceplates.
This is a big one. How hard is it to remove two to four screws? I suppose maybe they don't want to kill the power, but it's pretty easy to mask the plate too.
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My last house they painted over the faceplates AND the outlets
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My last house they painted over the faceplates AND the outlets
No worries. My previous owners painted the base trim, wall, outlets, covers and door trim all lime green. Plus the butted new floating floor up against the base trim and then used a piece of plastic quarter round w/ a wood look sticker to cover the small gap. It was umm... awesome. hahahha

Also, the plastic wood look didnt even match the floating floor wood.
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Not just the face plates, though - it just can't stop there!

Any clumps of dirt, pet hair, cobwebs or unsightliness must forever be captured with a holy dome of washwhite paint - high gloss for the ultimate eyesore.

I mean, if it ain't broke then don't fix it, right?

*facepalm* LOL

And bugs - I've found evidence of bugs being captured in paint, too.
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We have an extra large hallway (10' wide) which has a large ceiling fan on it. Previous owner painted the hallway pink and they didn't take the ceiling fan down and whoever painted painted the entire base of the ceiling fan pink. My guess is they hit a little bit of the ceiling fan, and tried to make it look intentional after. That fan was the first thing to go.
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Did the fan still turn ?
My last house the kitchen had a cathedral ceiling & fan
But they didn't buy a down rod & it would hit the angled ceiling
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Did the fan still turn ?
My last house the kitchen had a cathedral ceiling & fan
But they didn't buy a down rod & it would hit the angled ceiling
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Was the ceiling damaged where the blade kept hitting it?
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Was the ceiling damaged where the blade kept hitting it?
There were actually light weight beams that the fan was hitting
No idea why they just didn't buy a longer down rod & fix the problem
I think this is the pic after I fixed it...$2 part maybe ?

I had to restain the beams & repaint the ceiling
I actually gutted the whole kitchen (except for ceiling) & redid it

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Uneven paint lines where a colored wall meets a white ceiling or where two walls (each a different color) meet.
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There were actually light weight beams that the fan was hitting
No idea why they just didn't buy a longer down rod & fix the problem
I think this is the pic after I fixed it...$2 part maybe ?

I had to restain the beams & repaint the ceiling
I actually gutted the whole kitchen (except for ceiling) & redid it

WELL DUH!
After ALL that work they didn't want to undo any of it and redo any work, especially the wiring.

Crappy DIYER psychology 101 - when 'done', stay 'done', no matter what.

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