It always begins the same way...
1. I binge HGTV.
2. I begin to think: "I want a house."
3. I wander over to real estate websites (Zillow, etc.)
4. I realize I can't afford any of the properties, not even the dilapidated shacks and haunted barns.
5. Resigned, I blog.
Below you'll find a gallery of some of the most cringeworthy photos I've come across. All were individually collected from househunting websites and belong to their respective photographers*, wherever they may be.
*Photographers who I'm dying to ask: "Did you really think that photo would help SELL your house?"
Part 1: The Unfortunate Inclusion
Usually, when you're trying to sell something, you aim to present the best sides of said thing. Good lighting... thoughtful editing... and maybe NOT including any of the following...
"Insect problem? What insect problem?"
I admire the transparency, there, but I also would like to holler at the photographer: "PAN DOWN!"
More globetrotting turtles, fewer camera-shy humans in the hallway, please.
What a great view! The "missing" signs really set the imagination rolling!
I get it -- your property is cursed.
In case you're wondering about the structural integrity of the property above, wonder no longer! It's indeed crumbling apart as we speak!
Maybe just pack away all the creepy owls and dolls and photos of long-lost grandchildren before you get out the ol' camera, eh?
Those handprints are super cute, but I'm concerned about your cat lifting his tail just so....
Nothing like a good window skeleton to say: "All ye who enter here will die; thanks for coming!"
Many sins are committed in bathrooms, not the least of which is the application of eye-gouging wallpaper...
Is this next one a bathroom? There's a toilet, so maybe!