Thing I Like: Joby GorillaPod Tripod Review

Joby GorillaPod Review Canon Point and Shoot

Joby GorillaPod says “Hello”. Good news: only 1 in 10,000 gains sentience and fires lasers at humans.

I wrote about my Joby GorillaPod tripod last week in my post “5 Best Tech Travel Accessories” but honestly, this flexible travel-friendly tripod is so awesome it deserves its own review!

A flexible tripod? Whut?!

I only discovered it because I was trying to find a tripod compact enough to take into Walt Disney World, and now I’m kicking myself for not getting one sooner!

I spent 10 days twisting, posing, straightening, curling, and oh yeah – taking photos! – with my new Joby GorillaPod on a recent trip to Walt Disney World.  I’m not easy to impress, usually accessories in the sub-$40 category are a disappointment, but I am actually really impressed!

The Joby GorillaPod tripod might be perfect for you if…

  • you take photos with a point-and-shoot or a light-weight DSLR
  • you want to get everyone in the shot without setting up or lugging around a tripod
  • you want to take photos at dusk or nighttime and need the camera to stay steady
  • you want to be in your own photos
  • you want (or need) to travel light
  • you like to take video – a small tripod is handy for stabilizing your camera!

JOBY is a manufacturer of many cool camera accessories.  I wasn’t paid or perked to write this, I just think the tripod is awesome!


Joby GorillaPod Tripod Review


I usually expect <$40 things to be rather flimsy, however this tripod has now survived four flights in my carry-on bag, a week in Disney World, a few craft photo shoots, and a good deal of idle bending and playing with it just for fun.  I bent and twisted this thing every day. I even took it on roller coasters.  It’s still in one piece!

The camera clip-on mechanism feels strong, and the camera sits tightly on the clip’s pad, never becoming loose or falling out of the tripod on its own.

Each of its legs is made up of a series of ball-and-socket plastic links.  Each “ball” goes into a “socket” to make a stiff chain with rubber feet at the ends, and the rubber rings help with gripping.


Close-up of the Joby tripod’s ball-and-socket leg design.

It feels pretty rugged to me, especially for something that’s mostly plastic.


The best tripod is the one you have with you.

Full-size tripods don’t fly well, are a pain to carry all day, and are flat-out unwelcome or unsafe in many places, but the Joby tripod is small enough to go pretty much anywhere.  (Well, I wouldn’t take it to a mosh pit…)

I bought the Joby tripod specifically because I’d be able to bring it into Walt Disney World’s theme parks.  Full-size tripods get rejected at the entrance gate, but I wanted to actually get some decent photos in the parks and this tripod totally made that possible (see my photo examples further down).

It’s lightweight enough to carry all day in a cinch sack on my back, and I also spent a good deal of time just carrying it around in my hand as I looked for good shots.

Where to Use a Joby Tripod

Everywhere!  Once you start looking for places to put this thing, you’ll see the world in a new way.

“Can the Joby attach to that?” 

I found no shortage of objects to stand or wrap the Joby tripod on:

  • metal-top garbage cans
  • wrap around sign posts
  • car roof / hood
  • fire hydrants
  • railings
  • half-height walls
  • benches

You can even angle the legs and use it as a “stick” for your camera for taking selfies at a bit further than arm’s length.

Joby GorillaPod review doing a long exposure shot

Metal-topped garbage cans were my best friends at WDW: ubiquitous and just the right height. Here’s my Canon + Joby setup working on a video.

Additional Features

But wait, there’s more!

  • Bubble level helps you know if your shot is straight
  • Easy-to-eject camera – the camera screws into an eject-able plate, so it comes off quickly
  • Tilt camera 90 degrees for vertical shots.

Joby sells the quick release clip separately, too, so you can have an extra or replace a lost one.

Joby extra quick release clips

Joby sells spare “quick release” clips in case anything, uh, bad happens to yours.

My Joby Photos

My Joby tripod revolutionized my vacation photos.  This section talks about photos I couldn’t have taken without this thing: dusk photos, night photos, group photos, and stable video.

Historically, my photos from a trip are iPhone selfies taken at daytime and scenery shots.  Anything from dusk is a grainy mess and my photos are nothing to get excited about.  I’m not really a “photography enthusiast” (but if a DSLR with nice lenses showed up at my doorstep I would not be sad).  I’m sure some of these duh, it’s-this-simple revelations are old-hat to more experienced photographers, but if you showed me these photos 6 months ago I’d have said, “There’s no way I took that, and there’s no way I did it with such cheap equipment”.

Dusk Shots

Ahh, dusk.  That magical time of day when cameras need to be stabilized with a longer shutter time to take a halfway decent shot.

Compare these two photos –


iPhone 4S photo – the typical grainy/blurry kind of photo I usually take on trips, especially at sunset.


Same time of day, this time using a Canon point and shoot and the Joby tripod to hold it still.

Inexpensive point and shoot camera + small tripod = Oh, my. Wow. Dang. 

Nighttime Shots

To get a decent nighttime shot, your camera has to be able to hold completely still for a few seconds.  Many point and shoots can do this, but without a tripod it’s a lost cause.

Disney’s Magic Kingdom has a cool castle covered in glowing “icicles” in December, but there’s practically nowhere to set a camera down. I wrapped the Joby’s legs around a railing to get this shot.


I wrapped the Joby legs around a metal railing to hold the camera steady.

This next shot demonstrates how the camera can be tilted 90 degrees to the left (or right) on the Joby tripod for vertical photos.


This photo of my Joby doing its thing was taken with my iPhone. The iPhone 4S did better than I expected in this fairly dark scene.


But here’s the photo the Canon took with its 3 second shutter time and utter stability. I can’t believe *I* took this photo.  So purty!

Group Photos

Here’s another luxury we’ve never had before getting this Joby tripod: vacation photos of both of us! Together! Like we know each other and stuff.


I put the Joby on a half-height wall near the entrance to the Mexico pavilion in EPCOT for this nice shot of Jim and I together.

The tripod opened up all kinds of possibilities with timer-delayed shots:


We put the Joby on a nearby fire hydrant (and the camera on a 10 second delay) to create this fun photo at the Gatorland entrance in Orlando, FL.


Here’s how we set up the camera for the Gatorland shot. Fire hydrants and railings make really good Joby stands.


Just because I could, I took a 45-second video of the giant fish aquarium in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Here’s the setup:


Here’s the video – silky smooth.

Choosing a Joby GorillaPod Model

Joby GorillaPod Original in pink

The Joby GorillaPod Original comes in a bunch of colors. Alas, the Original is the “light-duty” model, capable of holding only small cameras (up to 9 ounces).

While my review is specific to the Joby GorillaPod Hybrid Grey (follow Amazon link to see the exact model), there are more Joby models to pick from.  The key difference between the models is the amount of weight that can be supported without sagging, though there’s also a neat-o magnetic version that only holds lightweight cameras.


Joby GorillaPod Original: up to 11 ounces (small point and shoot cameras)

Joby GorillaPod Hybrid: up to 2.2 lbs (smaller DSLRs, camcorders)

Joby GorillaPod SLR-Zoom: up to 6.6 lbs (“Pro-sumer” SLR cameras with zoom lenses, heavier camcorders)

Joby GorillaPod Focus: up to 11 lbs (SLR cameras with heavy lenses, bigger camcorders)

If you’re using a point and shoot camera the Original or the Hybrid are both sufficient.  I went “up” a strength because I might upgrade my camera someday, and because I liked the reassurance of having more strength than I really needed.

Note to readers: I’m not affiliated with Joby, I just think their product is super awesome.  Some links are Amazon Affiliate links – a small % of your purchase (if you make one) helps support this site.  As always, I encourage you to shop around and price compare to be sure you get the best deal!

Things I Like: 5 Best Tech Travel Accessories

Yes, I “vacation” with my electronics… :)  I put “vacation” in quotes because it never really is one – I can’t resist the urge to stay productive, especially when long plane trips don’t offer much opportunity to do anything but write or code on a computer.

In 2013 alone I traveled over 10,000 miles by plane: I made it all the way to Alaska, California, Chicago, and Florida!

2013 5 best tech travel accessories

Some of the accessories I brought along totally rocked, so to celebrate their awesomeness, here’s my list of the 5 best tech travel accessories in my carry-on. (Yes, all these things will fit in your carry-on – I hate checking bags!)

1. Joby GorillaPod Hybrid tripod

Welp, this silly looking Joby tripod-thing sure shot right to the top of my best-of list.

5 best tech travel accessories Joby GorillaPod Hybrid Tripod

Joby GorillaPod Hybrid tripod doing what it does best – imitating dystopian cameras run amok.

This three-legged darling is a flexible tripod made by Joby and it is amazing.  I took it with to Disney World this December and I still can’t get over how awesome this thing is:

  • Rugged – I bent and twisted this thing every day. I even took it on roller coasters.  It’s still in one piece!
  • Use with sign posts, railings, fire hydrants, garbage cans, car roofs – you name it, just get creative and you’ll find “tripods” are everywhere around you
  • Can bring into Walt Disney World parks (full-size tripods are not as welcome)
  • Small and lightweight – I didn’t mind carrying it all day, and it fit nicely into my cinch-sack when I wasn’t using it
  • Bubble level – helps you know if your shot is straight
  • Easy to eject camera – the camera screws into an eject-able plate, so it comes off quickly
  • Long exposure shots anywhere! – I took a lot of shots I never could have without it

Usually I get home from a trip and find that my shots are mostly iPhone selfies and a few decent shots from my Canon but nothing at dusk or nighttime and nothing of myself at any further than arm’s length.  No more!  The Joby let me turn almost anything into a camera stand (my favorite WDW object to set it on turned out to be the metal-topped garbage cans everywhere in the parks). I took a ton of dusk and nighttime long exposure shots thanks to the Joby.

Here’s my Joby holding up my Canon as it works on a long-exposure shot.

5 best tech travel accessories Joby tripod in action

This photo of my Joby doing its thing was taken with my iPhone. As you can see, the iPhone 4S’s camera isn’t so great when the lighting’s poor, as evidenced by graininess and the flat black sky.

And here’s the shot my Canon point and shoot camera was able to take with the Joby tripod holding it steady for the 3 second exposure time:

5 best tech travel accessories Joby GorillaPod review long exposure nighttime shot

I can’t believe *I* took this photo!

My Joby tripod also enabled all kinds of creative, timer-delayed shots that were never possible before:

5 best tech travel accessories Joby GorillaPod posed photos

We put the Joby on a nearby fire hydrant and the camera on a 10 second delay to create this fun shot of us at the Gatorland entrance in Orlando, FL.

5 best tech travel accessories Joby GorillaPod on fire hydrant

All kinds of unusual objects, such as fire hydrants and railings, can be used to support the Joby GorillaPod.

So yeah, in short, I love my Joby GorillaPod.

Note: The Joby tripod does not make your camera walk independently and shoot lasers although I really, really wish it did.

2. iLuv Audio Splitter

I took a chance on the unknown-to-me iLuv brand audio splitter adapter after reading good reviews on Amazon.  Good news: it’s awesome.

The iLuv audio splitter had no noticeable effect on the volume or clarity of audio, which is great because I used it in the back seats of a noisy airplane so every bit of volume mattered. I used it to share video audio with my husband, but I think we’ll use it on future trips to share audio books and music as well.

In quieter tests, audio quality seemed unaffected. (Disclaimer: I’m not an audiophile.) 

5 Best Tech Travel Accessories iLuv audio adapter review

Yes, I love my iLuv audio splitter.  Plenty loud and with individual volume controls FTW.

Best of all, even though this thing is cheap (like, under $10), Amazon hasn’t classified it as an “add on” item yet, so you can still buy it by itself (like I did) as of this writing.

3. Power strip

Behold: the humble power strip. My favorite travel power strip isn’t bendy, Octopus-shaped, or color coded, but it is durable and incredibly useful.  I travel with an RCA power strip, and the one I’m using has now endured about 7 years of travel abuse.

5 best tech travel accessories RCA power strip for travel

My favorite power strip is this rugged RCA-brand surge protector.

A lot of “best tech travel accessories” lists like to recommend these compact adapters, but I don’t like them as much.  I own one, and I stopped traveling with it because it’s just not as good as a power strip.

5 best tech travel accessories Belkin SurgePlus

The Belkin SurgePlus 3-Outlet Mini Travel Adapter with USB ports wins at compactness, but doesn’t win at capacity or convenient placement.

Mini adapters don’t offer as many plugs and have to be accessed wherever the outlet happens to be – behind the nightstand or under the table.  I hate bending and crawling under tables, so a power strip with a 6′ cord works much better for me.  I plug it in and set the strip anywhere – usually on top of the table.

Added bonus: A power strip makes you king of the airport terminal if you’re stuck waiting on a delayed jet – no need to fight over the one plug available, there’s room for many on any decent power strip.

Things to look for in a travel power strip:

I like my power strips rugged, with thick cords, heavy plastic, and flat plugs.  I like the cord to be at least 6′ long so I can position the power strip conveniently.  Keeping in mind the one outlet in the hotel room is often under a table or stuffed behind something else, a few feet of cord can be a huge help.

  • Space between plugs to accommodate cell phone charge bricks
  • Surge protection (if you’re paranoid like me)
  • Ruggedness – thick cord, heavy plastic
  • Cord length – 6′ or more lets you position the strip somewhere you can actually reach
  • Polarized plugs – for safety!

4. Retractable cord mouse

If you travel with a laptop but hate being limited to the touch pad, a retractable mouse is a cheap way to improve your workflow.

This Verbatim-brand retractable cord mini mouse is currently Amazon’s highest rated retractable-cord mouse.

5 best tech travel accessories mini mouse retractable cord

Verbatim’s retractable cord mini mouse comes in a rainbow of color options

Alas, they no longer sell the mouse I use, which is a Kensington Ci25m Notebook Optical Mouse. It has survived 4 years of abuse.  Here it is in action on my recent flight to Orlando:

5 best tech travel accessories travel mouse and laptop on a tray table

A mini mouse fits on an airplane tray table with room to spare for the netbook. (Mine’s 10.5″)

Combined with my 10.5” netbook, the travel mouse lets me have the “real PC” experience a bit more while I’m crammed into the back of a jet. Makes me much faster than fumbling around with the track pad.

Things to look for in a travel mouse:

  • Retractable cord – just one less cord to get tangled in things
  • Good size – be wary of super micro mouses, which are basically for fingertip use only, if you’re hoping for something more substantial

5. Bose headphones

Once upon a time (8 years ago, actually) I was a student at an art school that required everyone to get around-ear headphones for a series of audio/video classes. I tried a bunch of cheaper headphones, but the Bose Around-Ear Headphones was the only set of headphones that fit around my ears comfortably and sit on my head for hours without feeling heavy while still doing a good job of muffling the noise around me.

5 best tech travel accessories Bose around ear headphones

Bose has newer models, but these headphones are champions

These headphones were about $150 when I bought them (in 2005) and have since come down in price as Bose has produced newer models.  These headphones are still going strong. I never travel without ’em because they’re slim enough to fit into a backpack (providing I give them some cushioning, you shouldn’t throw them in haphazardly) and do a decent job of muffling the noise of the airplane cabin.  Sometimes I put them on my head and don’t listen to anything at all – they are a convenient way to say, “Shut up, world!”. :D

So there we have it – my five favorite tech travel accessories!  Do you have any must-haves when you travel? Tell us about them in the comments!

Scammed by Dollar Rent a Car!

We’re normally a bit happier here at LevelUpHouse, but not today.  Today we’re angry at Dollar Rent a Car for RIPPING US OFF.

Scammed by Dollar Rent a Car $200 in damages

My husband and I in Orlando, FL, driving a car we didn’t yet know had been signed up for a$28.99/day “loss damage waiver” by Dollar Rent a Car.

Ripped Off with “Loss Damage Waiver”

Jim and I spent a week in Orlando, Florida, driving what we thought was a $17/day (before taxes and fees) rental from Dollar Rent a Car, until the day we returned it – the bill was HUGE!  We didn’t know it when we picked the car up on Sunday, but the guy at the desk had signed us up for a $28.99 daily charge for a “Loss Damage Waiver” we declined.  My own insurance through USAA covers rentals, and so does the credit card we put it on. We don’t need triple coverage!

One week with this unwanted coverage = $202.  

When we got back we waited in the “pissed customer line” (which was longer than just us) for help, but the “top guy” Bryan wasn’t good for anything but attitude and sass. When I complained that Dollar ripped us off, he said, “If that’s how you want to look at it.”

Well, yes, that is how I look at being charged $202 for something I didn’t agree to pay for.  Who pays $57 a day for a compact Mazda in a competitive car rental market!? We were scammed by Dollar Rent a Car and the so-called “top guy” on staff couldn’t do jack about it! Good grief.

Update: We got a refund!  Complaining on Twitter to @DollarCars got me a full refund of the amount.  

Seeing as the Internet is full of people complaining of not getting refunds out of this company, I guess I’m one of the rare success stories.

My in-person complaint to the so-called manager at the Dollar desk in Orlando International Airport was a waste of time – the dirtbag they have manning the counter is only good for upselling angry customers on future rentals.   Calling their 1-800 number got me nothing more than an offer of a $50 discount on my next Dollar rental (WTF!?  How do you even offer that with a straight face?!).

Complaining on Twitter?  Come on… Well, apparently, Dollar Rent a Car pays attention to Twitter. 

Dollar’s Dark Patterns

A “dark pattern” is a type of user interface designed to trick users into doing things, such as signing up for insurance or installing toolbars they didn’t want. (Read more at  If you were scammed by Dollar Rent a Car, it was probably one of these tricks:

Trick #1: Moving Accept/Decline Buttons

As we verbally declined options such as GPS, extra driver, a bigger car, and extra insurance with Dollar’s agent, we confirmed our choice on Dollar’s signature screen.  This screen contained at least one “dark pattern”: the Accept/Decline buttons swapped places as we advanced through the screens.  

But we noticed the changing button locations, so I’m not sure we were victims to this particular trick.   Instead, I think we were victims to either a checkbox that looked unchecked or the agent just added the coverage after we signed everything and hoped we wouldn’t notice (and we didn’t, because the extra charges for extraneous coverage are on the underside of the folded receipt).

Trick #2: Folded Receipt in Booklet

Dollar handed us our receipt folded and in a paper booklet, as shown in the image below.

Scammed by Dollar Rent a Car with a folded receipt trick

Our Dollar rental receipt was handed to us folded to the exact size of the paper booklet it came in. Extra charges are itemized below the fold.

Unfolding the receipt reveals the worst prize ever – HIDDEN CHARGES!

Scammed by Dollar Rent a Car with a Loss Damage Waiver coverage we declined

“OPTIONAL COVERAGES” is on the receipt under the fold.  This is where Dollar hid the “Loss Damage Waiver” for 6 days at $28.99/day.

Why is there such a large space below the estimated total?  It’s probably to push these extra charges under the fold, where unsuspecting victims are less likely to spot them. Our bad – we stopped reading at “estimated charges”, which looks like a total.  Yes, it’s a high total, but we understand that rental car companies put a “hold” on your credit/debit card to cover “incidental charges”, such as you returning the car late.

Dollar’s Useless Desk Agent

We returned the car with a full tank of gasoline and spotless, but our final receipt showed we’d be billed a massive amount -$202 more than I’d expected.

We complained on the spot. We were sent to a special line at the Dollar desk, a line with no one waiting on the end of it. We stood for about 20 minutes before anyone came out to help us, and I’m 99% sure the guy only came out because I started bawling over being ripped off (on my birthday no less) and made a bit of a scene.

Dollar’s “top guy on staff” was some guy named Bryan who is apparently authorized to do absolutely nothing in the name of customer service.  He sassed us (“If that’s how you want to looki at it”) and told us about how “he rents cars and he knows how the screens work”, but he wouldn’t show us what we signed.  The guy was basically a walking “F— You” to Dollar’s customers, and completely useless.  I mean, at least the equally insulting 1-800 number offered a piddly discount off the next car we [never] rent with Dollar.

Dollar’s Useless 800 Number

Bryan was good at one thing: pointing at the back of my rental pamphlet where there is a phone number labeled “Customer Service” printed in red ink.  (Thanks man, you’re a real help!)

Dollar’s customer service number is 800-800-5252, but don’t expect any miracles.  Our call to this number the following Monday netted us an offer of $50 off our next car.  Haha, sure, at Dollar Rent a Car’s rates $50 doesn’t even cover the first day!  We did not accept this offer out of fear because 1) it’s a stupid offer and 2) it might make us ineligible for an actual refund on the amount we were scammed out of.

Dollar’s Surprisingly Helpful Twitter

I knew I was in trouble the moment I loaded up DollarCars’s Twitter stream: herein lies loads of pissed customers all complaining about overcharges and poor customer service. The occasional ad for “deals” punctuates (and pushes down) these complaints, but I think the complainers are winning this war.

With nothing to do but sit and stew in the terminal as I waited for my delayed flight, I started complaining to @DollarCars.  I complained a lot.  I don’t know if the volume had anything to do with it, but I continued to complain the next day, and the next until finally whoever is running the account asked me for my Rental Agreement number and, a day later, refunded me $224.

They even gave me the tax back – how ’bout that?

Happy Ending?

I’m very glad to say this story has a happy ending, but it easily could not have.  Dollar had no reason give me a refund – they burned me bad, and now I’m just an angry customer who will never rent a car from them again.  I’ve shared my story to help others who are now (or will be) in the same situation I was ten days ago –  ripped off and furious at Dollar Rent a Car.

My own Googling found people complaining of $250 cleaning fees on cars returned clean and $9/gal refueling fees on cars returned full.

I’m afraid I haven’t heard the last from this unscrupulous company.  I’ll be scrutinizing my credit card statements.

There’s a reason why Dollar is so much lower priced in the rental matrix – Dollar will just get money out of you some other way.

29 Reasons Why I Didn’t Buy Your House

Happy 3-year houseversary!  As we celebrate 3 years of DIY fun, we’re reminiscing and thinking of all the homes we almost got.  If you came here wondering why your house isn’t selling, don’t worry – almost everything on this list is fixable!

29 Reasons Why I Didn’t Buy Your House

1. You highlighted the house’s storage problems

reasons why your house isn't selling overstuffed storage

Need some ideas for that small pantry?

2. Your hot tub was gross and moldy

reasons why your house isn't selling dirty hot tub or pool

The summer home of the Creature From the Black Lagoon

3. Speaking of mold, you left a couple of mold-filled fridges in the garage

4. You left your chamber pot in plain sight

reasons why your house isn't selling too messy with laundry everywhere

Michael Jordan says, “Clean your room”

5. Your garage was packed with clutter

reasons why your house isn't selling clutter

The corpse says “Boo”

6. You hung a “DO NOT FLUSH” sign on your toilet… and the oven, and the sink (thanks for the warning, I think…)

reasons why your house isn't selling everything is broken

Warning: Do not attempt to use house

7. You showed me your woodworking and carpentry skills

reasons why your house isn't selling bad diy skills

“Close” only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades

8. Your home was empty except for the abandoned car in the garage

9. You were home when I was viewing your house and it was super. awkward.

10. You wallpapered with family photos and it was super. awkward. 

11. Cool World?  That movie was trippy.

reasons why your house isn't selling graffiti

Hey, I have that same dustbuster!

12. Your bathroom was actually two rooms: a giant tub room and a postage-stamp sized toilet room

13. There was rust in the electrical outlets

14. You showed me your grandchild’s depiction of your vices

reasons why your house isn't selling grandpa is a drunkard

Sometimes Stinky has his Scotch on the rocks, and sometimes he doesn’t.

15. You unsuccessfully tried to cover a hole in the floor with an electronic keyboard

reasons why your house hasn't sold missing floorboards

It’s a portal through time: next stop, the 1970s

16. Your roof had enough leaves, pine needles, and branches on it to build another tree

17. You left your remodel half finished without enough supplies to finish the job

reasons why your house hasn't sold unfinished projects

I never finish anyth

18. Your house reeked of cat litter 

19. There was a giant hole in the garage ceiling that you couldn’t explain

20. You let me see where “The Incident” happened

reasons why your house hasn't sold filthy carpet

We miss you, Grandpa

21. You didn’t get a building permit for that otherwise very nice looking basement addition

22. Your light fixtures were dangling from makeshift chains

23. You showed me your DIY electrical skills

reasons why your house hasn't sold shoddy electrical bad diy

Look at that gorgeous granite countertop!

24. There was a door locked from the inside

25. Dirty clothing hung from every piece of furniture and blanketed the floor

26. You didn’t tear out the 80’s when you had the chance

reasons why your house hasn't sold dated interior

Set the VCR for Miami Vice!

27. You showed off evidence of water damage

reasons why your house hasn't sold water damage

Thanks for your honesty, most people just cover this sort of thing with an appliance

28. You countered our at-list offer with a $25k increase (that’s not how it works)

29. Your walls look like a circus tent crashed into an orchestra… oh wait, I did buy this house! :)

20 reasons why I didn't buy your house

A gallon of Kilz fixed this right up

Pretty crazy, huh? Nearly all of these come with an implied “… and you didn’t lower your list price accordingly.” 

At the right price, most of these are forgivable or heck, welcomed – we were specifically looking for a property in need of repair.  These sellers either left money on the table or frustrated themselves trying to sell a needy house at an unreasonable price.