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Real-Estate Home Run

Ili and Craig Valine are ready to move into a home with more space and need a bit of help getting their home sold.

Ili and Craig Valine are ready to take a crack at selling their home in order to get more space out of a new one. The Designed to Sell team signs on to help them hit a real-estate home run.

Real estate expert Shannon Freeman takes the first swing, providing her candid assessment of this home's selling potential.

She immediately notes that the curb appeal could use work, mostly because of the shabby driveway and unclear entryway. Once inside, she is equally unimpressed, saying that most of the rooms suffer from awkward furniture placement and wasted square footage.

Designer Lisa LaPorta bats next. She agrees with Freeman and outlines a plan to get this house sold in short order. She plans to focus on the exterior, living room and playroom.

Step 1: Make it clear. Define the murky features that might confuse buyers.

Step 2: Get crafty. Find inexpensive ways to create value in unappealing areas.

Step 3: Energize the exterior. Spruce up the curb appeal to snag buyers from the start.

Contractor Jim Collins and carpenter Brad Haviland complete the team lineup. View the results of all their hard work below.

The fireplace is hidden behind the main sitting area in the living room. Drawing more attention to it will add more dollars to the selling price, according to real estate expert Shannon Freeman.

The futon blocks the path and natural light from the window in this living room. The rest of the furniture is awkwardly placed, and the fireplace is barely noticeable.

Craig's small home office is tucked away in a back hallway. Moving it to a more prominent area of the house could give the bottom line a boost.

This home is now fresh, redesigned and ready to sell.

The new furniture arrangement and minimal mantel decor highlight the fireplace, which designer Lisa LaPorta faux painted for just $15.

The living room is now warm and inviting, thanks to the natural light flowing in, fresh paint and accessories and attractive TV cabinet in the corner.

The former playroom has been transformed into a tranquil office space/sitting area and boasts fresh paint, window treatments and decorative accessories.

Cost Information:

gate and hardware $716
plants $223
front doors $396
furniture $503
paint and supplies $88
accessories $72

Total: $1,998

Makeover Information

Product from Homerica:

TV cabinet for living room: Rustic Pine RV Armoire, 1354-7

Products from Lamps Plus:

Uplights for plants in living room, 63413
exterior lantern, Stanford Collection, 53061

Products from The Home Depot:

house front doors, 36 x 80 slab door with window lites
lattice wall for gate, 768747106019
gate posts, 095043211087
front-gate paint, Home Depot Paint color matched to Dunn Edwards' Crayon Abyss, DE 3166
spray paint for mailbox, Rustoleum brand's Brushed Nickel
paint for living room, Ralph Lauren's Tangier Island
paint for office, Home Depot Paint color matched to Valspar's Cliveden Sandstone, 3007-10B

Products from Lowe's:

gate entry set, Kwikset's Camelot-Georgian, 173853
address numbers for gate, 4" satin brass numbers, 212632

Products from El Dorado Nursery:

exterior plants, Bougainvillea and Flax

Products from Ikea:

living-room plants and trees, 90038126
two wicker chairs for office, Stveda Chair, 00035107

Products from Cost Plus:

pots and planters for living-room plants, 000344486

Product from TJ Maxx:

wall-mount candleholder for office, 306228

Products from The Linen Outlet:

drapery panels for office, Tempo Panels, 810465
sheers for living room, Savannah, 828804


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