House In HidingReal estate expert Donna Freeman takes a house tour to assess the Crosses' odds, concluding that the chips are stacked against them.
Outside, she notes that it is impossible to see the house with the tree and children's items obstructing the facade.
BeforeInside, Freeman finds the rooms to be dingy and cluttered, with awkwardly placed furniture that hides the square footage. The furniture in the living room hides the large window.
AfterDesigner Lisa LaPorta formulates a plan to spruce up the house and earn the maximum dollar amount from the sale.
The new living room is all grown up with fresh paint, a new sofa, and a new coffee table. Other areas of focus will be the dining area and master bedroom.
Step 1: Deck it out. Give the house sparkle and pizzazz in dated areas to make it a high roller on the market.
Step 2: Boost the odds. Finish incomplete projects to improve the chances of getting higher office.
Step 3: Full house cleaning. Remove clutter and excess furniture to show off the home's best hand.
BeforeThe dining room suffers from a furniture-placement problem.
AfterA new cornice box shows off the window in the dining room.
BeforeThis room looks like a cluttered gathering place for the entire family, not just adults.
AfterA new bed frame, fresh linens and drapes transform this room (along with the removal of a few pieces of furniture).
Total Cost Breakdown:
powder room project $919
window treatments $261
pedestal sink and base, Jacuzzi brand Renditions Collection, 220006 and 220004
light fixture, Lowe's brand three-light wall mount sconce, Monticello, 216805
mirror for powder room, oval Jamestown style, 221273
The Linen Outlet
towels for powder room, Pacific Linen, 807744
Malibu Palms bedding, 819430
Malibu Palms pillows, 819434 and 819433
Malibu Palms draperies for master bedroom, 819437
10" taper candles for family room, Gold
6 x6 flooring for powder room, Brazil Granite brand, Harvest Quartzite style
Expo Design Center
chrome fittings for faucet in powder room, 91388209642
faucet for powder room, Delta brand, Victorian style, 171323
chandelier for family room, Rust, 320072
paint for powder room, Behr's Mochachino
paint for family room, Ralph Lauren's Devonshire and Swiss Coffee
throw for master bedroom and family room, 067100120
pillows for master bedroom and family room, 067100119
Sit 'N Sleep
bed frame, 421219
The Coaster Company of America
coffee table for family room, 5802
Linens 'n Things
window treatments for family room, Trading Spaces brand, Canvas, 030473114379
Zareh (Zee) Ghoukaffian