Preparing the Townhouse for SaleElisabeth and Josh McMillon are selling their troubled condo. They need to swiftly sell so they can move out of state, and Josh can begin his new career in chiropractic medicine. They look to the Designed to Sell team to help them turn their problems into profits come open house day.
Real estate expert Shannon Freeman agrees to provide an assessment of the home's problem areas. She points out that the living/dining room has too many personal touches--rooms need to be kept as neutral as possible when a house is on the market. She also notes that the kitchen and master bedroom need decluttering, and the den is poorly defined.
Designer Lisa LaPorta is the next to visit the home. She agrees with Freeman's comments and lays out a plan to shape up the living/dining room, kitchen and den. Here's what she wants to do:
Step 1: Neutralize it. Remove personal items that make buyers feel like intruders.
Step 2: Give it a boost. Maximize the home's limited square footage.
Step 3: Elevate with elegance. Decorate each room to its ultimate potential.
Helping LaPorta seek out the value are carpenters Steve Hanneman and Brooks Utley.
Before: Bland Blues and Crazy ClutterLiving Room
Before: The living room portion of the living/dining area was a poorly laid out "blue hodgepodge" full of clutter.
After: Clean Open SpaceAfter: Now it's a hot commodity. New colorful seating that's just the right size gives the space contemporary style.
Before: Outdated KitchenKitchen
Before: The first order of business in the kitchen was to remove the yellow faux finish on the walls--Freeman thought it was actually water damage.
After: Neutral and NiceAfter: A neutral paint color, and a new light fixture and accessories really show off this valuable space.
The dining room also got a makeover. A new dining set, decorative chandelier and fresh window treatments refocus buyers' attention on an area to dine in style.
flooring supplies $801
paint and supplies $95
closet doors $76
window treatments $72
Products from IKEA:
Hemse click-and-lock laminate wood flooring with Plan moldings
living-room plants, 10075462
poster and frame for living room, 90045754 and 06538775
Products from the Coaster Company:
love seat and two chairs for living room, 8017 and 8016
dining table and chair set, 4930
Products from The Great Indoors:
drapery panels for living room, Cotton Solid grommet panels in Gray
Products from Lowe's:
Portfolio five-light chandelier, 69950
Majesty palm plant, 91135
Bromeliad plant for living room, 96874
kitchen light fixture, semi-flush, 161941
six-panel closet doors for office, white, 201659
Design Trends lamp base for office, white, 140602
paint for fireplace accent faux, Olympic's Gunmetal Grey, D-65-5
Products from JoAnn Fabrics:
four throw pillows for living room, 7679483
Product from Marshalls:
dining-room art, 005147452
Products from HomeGoods:
spice rack, 078025
metal bowl, 317517
kitchen vase, 372362
Product from Kmart:
Ticking Stripe Square lampshade for office, Martha Stewart Everyday Collection, 70299280797
Products from Target:
drapery panels for office, Tabtop Stripe Cotton Collection, 068030308
Product from The Home Depot:
living room and office walls, Ralph Lauren's Tangier Island
Dunn Edwards paint color used: