Preparing an Open HouseThe Roth family is ready to sell their place, but they don't feel they can do it on their own. They turn to the Designed to Sell team of experts to help them turn a big profit on this small house.
Real estate expert Donna Freeman begins her assessment with the exterior, nothing that it is cozy but needs a little work. Inside, she finds that the living and family rooms are cluttered, and the sole bathroom--which is a bold black and white--is in bad shape. There's also a room that appears to have no specific purpose.
Next up is designer Lisa LaPorta, who lays out a plan to get everything spruced up before the open house. She intends to focus on the family room, catchall room and bathroom. Here's how:
Step 1: Scrub a dub dub. Wipe dingy areas clean to make them sparkle at the open house.
Step 2: Bing-bang-boom! Demolish features that make spaces look small to buyers.
Step 3: Heave ho. Clear away the clutter that's blocking the way to offers.
Helping LaPorta seek out the value are carpenters Steve Hanneman, Brooks Utley and Adam Hughes.