Before: Too Pink and PersonalBefore staging, this two-bedroom bungalow had a great layout and was conveniently located, but the clutter, over-furnishing and bold paint colors made it seem chaotic and crowded. Property guru and host Sofie Allsopp deemed those problems the reason the house has been on the market for three months. Homeowner Patricia is desperate to sell because she closes on her new home in just weeks.
After: Tidy and TrendyReal estate pro and host Sofie Allsopp teamed up with contractor Anthony Sayers to transform the place into a trendy, condo alternative for a professional urban couple. In just four days and with a budget of less than $4,000, the renovation included whitewashing the walls, radically decluttering all rooms and overhauling the storage solutions in the basement and master bedroom.
Before: Cluttered MessFrank and Amy's two-bedroom bungalow has been on the market for two months, and despite a reasonable list price, they haven't received a single offer. They can't understand what's wrong, but real estate expert and host Sofie Allsopp knows what the problem is at first glance; the house is cluttered with personal mementos, the two bedrooms are stuffed with children's toys, and Mom and Dad are sleeping on a futon on the basement floor. These are all major turnoffs for potential buyers, she says.
After: Clean and NeutralTo appeal to a younger couple or single buyer, real estate expert Sofie Allsopp and contractor Anthony Sayers work their magic to neutralize the space, revamp the kitchen and restore the master bedroom, all for $3,500.
Before: Colorfully CustomizedAndrea's two-story, three-bedroom home has been on the market for more than a month, and she hasn't received a single offer. The charming family-friendly home is in a great location, but show host and real estate pro Sofie Allsopp says the musty smell, overflowing storage area and covered fireplace are a major turnoff. Andrea is on board to get the space is selling shape so she can avoid paying two mortgages.
After: Nicely NeutralTo transform the place into a tidy, turnkey property, host Sofie Allsopp comes up with a $4,200 plan to update it while maintaining its charming, vintage feel. She and contractor Anthony Sayers accomplished the task by giving the place a thorough cleansing, repairing minor issues and making the rooms more neutral. A few architectural design additions and allowing in more natural light are the finishing touches.
Before: Pepto-Bismol Pink Living RoomThe Camara family's four-bedroom home has been on the market for nearly three months, and they haven't received a single offer. The home is in a great location and is priced low for a hot market, says real estate pro and host Sofie Allsopp, but its cluttered interiors, heavy window coverings and hot pink accents could be keeping it from selling. Sofie determines that just a few minor refurbishments are all this place needs to let its best features shine through.
After: Serene Living SpaceTo appeal to a broader market, real estate pro and host Sofie Allsopp devises a two-day, $3,500 plan to declutter the house, neutralize the color scheme and freshen up the kitchen and bedrooms. Contractor Anthony Sayers and his crew pooled their resources to make the transformation happen.
Before: Dramatically Dated Living AreaSusan and Bob's reasonably priced, four-bedroom suburban home has been on the market for three weeks, and although they have had more than 50 showings, they haven't landed a single offer. They are baffled and frustrated, but not real estate pro and The Unsellables host Sofie Allsopp. She says the dated decor, bold color scheme and cluttered interiors are to blame.
After: Sophisticated Gathering SpaceIn order to take this place from dated to sophisticated, contractor Anthony Sayers led the crew on a massive decluttering, neutralizing and restyling endeavor.
Before: Student-Style BedroomKelly and Michael's home has been on the market for more than a month, and while the price is competitive, no one is biting. Host and real estate expert Sofie Allsopp knows why. She says the unfinished renovation projects and student-squat master bedroom are real sale-killers. Potential buyers are probably focusing on the negatives and are unable to visualize the home's fantastic features.
After: Adult SophisticationIn order to appeal to families and young couples, host Sofie Allsopp comes up with a $4,000 plan to harmonize the home's interiors. Contractor Anthony Sayers and his team achieve this and add sophistication throughout by repairing various problem spots, refreshing the wall colors and replacing the oversized furniture and fixtures.
Before: Disjointed Dining AreaPastor Andrea doesn't know why her four-bedroom brick home isn't selling, and she's worried because after five weeks, she hasn't received a single offer. The conveniently located, family-friendly home is priced right, but real estate pro Sofie Allsopp thinks the crowded decor, amateur paint job and rotting kitchen sink are giving potential buyers the wrong impression. The house doesn't need a major overhaul, she says, just a simple makeover to get the listing up to viewing standard.
After: Stylishly StreamlinedIn order to target the home to a growing family, host Sofie Allsopp devises a $3,100 plan to declutter the house, freshen up the kitchen and give the main floor a lived-in, sellable look. Contractor Anthony Sayers and his team pull out all the stops to get the hard work done.