Condo Update

A California couple needs to sell their current place ASAP so they can move into their new home.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThe color scheme and style of this living room are dated, and the furniture placement is awkward.
Designer Lisa LaPorta assesses next, then lays out a plan to catapult this place from the past into the present. Focus areas are the living room, dining room and master bedroom.

Step 1: Travel through time. Buyers pay more for modern, so the '70s style needs an overhaul.

Step 2: Flaunt the features. Selling points do their job only if buyers notice them.

Step 3: Drum up the drama. Fill oversize rooms with larger-scaled furniture to spotlight their size and value.

Contractor Jim Collins and carpenter Brad Haviland round out the usual crew. Together with LaPorta and the homeowners they aim to get this home in top selling shape.