Deceptive photos

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Photo: Fastighetsbyrån

I recently accompanied a friend to view a flat on sale in the neighborhood. Prior to the visit I looked at the pictures published for the sale.  Just looking at the pictures the flat looked really nice and fresh. Particularly the kitchen-livingroom area. Requested price SEK 1.595.000. Sold for SEK 1.985.000. Sold immediately after the viewing actually. There were lots of people there during the viewing. Presently anything sells really fast in our area and to much higher prices than just a couple of years ago.

Flat was a semi-detached house in one story, 62 square-meters with a garden of 350 square-meters, kitchen, bedroom, livingroom and bathroom. Semi-covered patio. No neighbors on one side, just nature. One to the other side.

But the pictures lie a lot about the state of the flat.

Photo: Fastighetsbyrån

Photo: Fastighetsbyrån

Sunny west-turning patio with a sloping grass on two sides. No bushes or flowers or other decorations in the garden. A larger tree. The garden was really neglected. But easy to care of in this state. Just mowing. The wooden fence and the decking of the patio had not seen any care at all for many years as I could judge. Looked really neglected. Apart from that a nice space you could do a lot with.

Photo: Fastighetsbyrån

Photo: Fastighetsbyrån

Shower, WC and separated laundry part. Really needs an entire re-make of everything. Very tired and broken units… And why they didn’t have any partition between the shower and the WC I don’t understand. It also did not smell nice… Looking at flats use your nose… and your eyes of course …

Photo: Fastighetsbyrån

Photo: Fastighetsbyrån

The entrance seen from inside. Nice floor. White painted walls. Bedroom to the left in the picture. Bathroom to the right. In the ceiling a flap up to a storage area under the ceiling. There was also a storage shed outside.

Photo: Fastighetsbyrån

Photo: Fastighetsbyrån

This is the entrance. Looks neglected. Fences hadn’t seen any care in years. Window to the left is to the bathroom/laundry area. Window to the right is to the bedroom.

Photo: Fastighetsbyrån

Photo: Fastighetsbyrån

The bedroom was of a good size and had six (6) wardrobes on the wall to the left. Floors OK. White-painted walls and white wardrobes. Have no idea how the state of the wardrobes were inside. If I had been interested in buying, I would have looked at that too.

Photo: Fastighetsbyrån

Photo: Fastighetsbyrån

The livingroom-area. Nice floors and white-painted walls. One wall with black-and-white wallpaper to the left. Very light because of all the windows.

Photo: Fastighetsbyrån

Photo: Fastighetsbyrån

Livingroom-area + kitchen-area + door to the patio. Laminat floors that looked nice. But notice the corner there to the left of the door to the patio. Someone had mended the corner with a wooden board. Why didn’t they paint that white like the walls? First thing your eyes fall on in this area. Perfect corner windows for flowers with view out to the garden. Makes the rooms very light.

Photo: Fastighetsbyrån

Photo: Fastighetsbyrån

The kitchen area. Lots of windows and light BUT, very tired units. Didn’t look inside the fridge-freezer, but the stove needed changing and was in really bad condition, and so did all the other units in the kitchen. You don’t see on the picture how tired they were in real life. Ceiling lamp also had no cover. Could become a handsome kitchen if you tore out all the cupboards and replaced them with new ones. The realtor thought that a remake of the kitchen units including stove etc. would cost around SEK 100.000. At least.

Photo: Fastighetsbyrån

Photo: Fastighetsbyrån

Here you see the entire flat except the bathroom. Small but well-planned. Open and light. I like the layout of the flat and the location at the end of the area with only the woods as closest neighbor. And only one neighbor to the other side.

Photo: Fastighetsbyrån

Photo: Fastighetsbyrån

The sloping lawn with the big trees to the right. Fence needed urgent care.

Floorplan: Fastighetsbyrån

Floorplan: Fastighetsbyrån

Looking at housings always need a visit in person. Pictures lie big time of the state of the places.

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