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New Job, New House

See how our team of experts helped one couple net extra cash for their condo.

Yukiko and Chris Puram are moving out of state to pursue new careers, so they need to sell their condo. They enlist the help of the Designed to Sell team to help them get top dollar from the sale to put toward their new place.

The first team member to provide advice is real estate expert Donna Freeman. She is delighted with the view from the outside, noting that everything is well kept and clean, but once inside she has a shift of opinion. She thinks the living room is nice and large but cramped with big pieces of furniture, and the dining room looks like a "children's reading corner in a bookstore." The potential deal maker is the rooftop patio. A little work is all that's needed to make it shine.

Designer Lisa LaPorta weighs in next. She agrees with Freeman and devises a plan to get this place sold. Her focus areas will be the living room, dining room and rooftop patio.

Step 1: Fill 'er up. Add visual interest to areas that buyers will find lacking.

Step 2: Give it a raise. Show off architectural features that elevate values.

Step 3: Stack the deck. Dress up the inside and outside to show the home's best hand.

Carpenters Steve Hanneman and Brooks Utley are on hand to help turn this place into a moneymaker. See the results of everyone's hard work below.

Dining Room Before

The dining room looked like a "children's reading corner in a bookstore," according to real estate expert Donna Freeman. Designer Lisa LaPorta agreed, furthering that the table was too small and the lighting needed updating.

For specific product information, click on the After photo(s) of the room.

Dining Room After

A larger dining set fills the space much better, and decorative lanterns and fresh warm paint finish off the new elegant look.

Cost breakdown:

furniture $726
deck lumber $495
beams and supplies $345
lighting $194
paint and supplies $183
accessories $49

Total: $1,992

Products from The Coaster Company:

dining table and chairs, 5901, 5902 and 5903
living-room chairs, 3615
occasional set and coffee table for living room, 7309 and 7310

Products from Lowe's:

dining-room lanterns, 88583
living-room chandelier, 54159

Products from Stock Building Supply:

6" by 10" by 16' wooden beams

Products from Home Fabrics:

fabric for valance and throw pillows for living room, and dining-room chair upholstery, Blue Paisley Chenille

Products from Arrow Fence and Lumber:

rough cedar beams for deck

Products from The Home Depot:

paint color for living room and dining room, Ralph Lauren's Devonshire
stain for beams, Minwax's American Walnut

Rooftop Patio Before

The rooftop patio had potential to be a great space, but it needed work. Deferred maintenance was in plain site, and the furniture was grungy and old, according to real estate expert Donna Freeman.

For specific product information, click on the After photo(s) of the room.

Rooftop Patio After

New furniture borrowed from a neighbor for the home showing really punches up the power of this patio. The outdoor carpet has been replaced with new flooring, and lots of plants and accessories add the finishing touches.

Cost breakdown:

furniture $726
deck lumber $495
beams and supplies $345
lighting $194
paint and supplies $183
accessories $49

Total: $1,992

Products from The Coaster Company:

dining table and chairs, 5901, 5902 and 5903
living-room chairs, 3615
occasional set and coffee table for living room, 7309 and 7310

Products from Lowe's:

dining-room lanterns, 88583
living-room chandelier, 54159

Products from Stock Building Supply:

6" by 10" by 16' wooden beams

Products from Home Fabrics:

fabric for valance and throw pillows for living room, and dining-room chair upholstery, Blue Paisley Chenille

Products from Arrow Fence and Lumber:

rough cedar beams for deck

Products from The Home Depot:

paint color for living room and dining room, Ralph Lauren's Devonshire
stain for beams, Minwax's American Walnut

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