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Crimes Against Paint

My only regret is that I didn’t get to see this in person. I lifted this photo, with permission, from a real estate website in Phoenix (courtesy of Greg Swann). I made it safe for work by adding my own touches.

Yes, this is an actual house for sale. I can only assume that this room is in the basement and their agent never bothered to go down there (or is profoundly blind). Scroll down to see it – if you dare.

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Are you one of those lucky people who has their home on the market to sell during the holiday season?

Should you or shouldn’t you? Decorate, that is.

Short answer: Yes

Long answer: It depends (that seems to be the long answer to a lot of the questions I pose)

We’ve all been told that the way you live in a house isn’t the same way you live in a house that is for sale. Holiday decorations can make a home feel more welcoming, and will help potential buyers see themselves not only living there, but also enjoying family traditions for years to come. Here’s the thing you need to ask yourself (be honest!), and I know you love your 243 piece collection of winter villages. Can buyers envision themselves sitting down to a meal amongst them? Probably not.

Do you live in a multicultural area, i.e. one with a big ‘ol melting pot chunky stew of different holiday traditions? If so, you should probably skip the 10 ft tall blow up menorah in the front yard. A Christian couple might not be able to look past it to see the great landscaping. That 6 ft diameter Christmas tree in your 12 ft wide living room? Those Muslim buyers won’t see it as a plus. It’s not about being politically correct, it’s about putting your homes best features on display without putting people in the position of thinking: I couldn’t live this way. Maybe you live in a place that’s pretty religiously monolithic. Even there, not everyone will appreciate 472 nativity scenes (I KNOW! Hard to believe)

It’s a festive time so put out your Festivus pole. In fact, most people will expect to see some holiday decorations this time of year and your home may seem austere or vacant without them. Some greenery – a wreath or garland across your rocking chair front porch is always nice and doesn’t keep people from seeing your home’s features. You don’t have to abandon all of your holiday traditions just because your home is for sale, just don’t let Santa throw up in your front yard.

Once you get settled into that new house of yours, feel free to reintroduce the live nativity scene (Now, with more camel than ever before!).

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Julia Odom enjoys long walks on the beach, debating the restoration vs. renovation question and hanging out with plumbing inspectors

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We’ve all seen the rotted-deck-fell-off door-to-nowhere right?

Oh, you haven’t?

Well, it’s really not that uncommon unfortunately. What I have rarely seen is this particular crime against gravity.

The second-floor door-to-nowhere for-no-reason.

Crime against gravity verdict

No, I have no idea what the big black chute is for. Disposing of the body?

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The previous owners of this house (YES, these are all from one house) have been convicted on 20 counts of crimes against innocent doors.

Please to enjoy:

Door crime collage

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Grandma's time out spotI’m not entirely sure what this one is a crime against but it’s definitely wrong.  I was showing houses to a couple this week, very nice houses in fact. One of them had a carriage house of sorts with a garage on the basement level, a workshop area on the ground level and then an apartment on the upper level.

Checked out the garage, smelled like gasoline but nothing unusual there, checked out the workshop, little crowded but nothing unusual there, checked out the apartment, kind of austere but nothing unusual.

Then Mr Buyer starts to go down the stairs and I suddenly hear “Oooh, that’s kinda creepy.” Then Mrs. Buyer walks over and I hear, “Yikes, that’s weird.”

By now I’m thinking, “What in the world could be there that’s so strange AND that we didn’t see on the way up?” And then I walk over and behold what you see here.

10 points for the person who comes up with the best explanation for A. why this was built at all, and 2. why grandma’s chair is there.

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Crimes Against Paint - Faux finishI will admit (my family would tell you even if I didn’t) that I have attempted the elusive faux finish before. I have also attempted the “red” paint job. A color that professionals painters fear to paint, and with good reason. I will also admit that half way through my red paint job attempt – that would be coat number 47 for those keeping count – I was tempted to leave it looking just like this one.

That’s why these people are getting off with just a slap on the wrist even though this is a truly horrifying crime against paint.

Trying to paint a room red would make anyone commit a crime.

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