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'Burbs Bound

Our team of experts helps one family sell off their city house and move into their new farmhouse.

Cherie and Ray Fiedler have just purchased a turn-of-the century farmhouse and now need to sell their current city house to be able to move. The Designed to Sell team of experts signs on to help them expedite the process.

Real estate expert Kathy Quaid starts it off with her inspection of the Fiedlers' home. She loves the exterior house so much — specifically the bay window and well-manicured landscaping--it makes her want to go in to see more. Unfortunately, she is disappointed once inside. The first thing she sees is a railing pulling away from a wall and a broken doorbell in the entryway. Moving through the house, the main problem is with furniture that is too large for most of the rooms.

Next in line is designer Monica Pederson, who lays out a three-step plan for getting this house in shape.

Step 1: Get packin'. Back up the moving truck and get rid of unnecessary clutter.

Step 2: Take it down. Remove unattractive features that keep the asking price at rock bottom.

Step 3: Stretch it out. Show off the square footage of the home to expand value.

Carpenters Robert North and Jeff Alba are on board to help implement these changes. See the results below.

Foyer Before

The foyer is out of date and in disrepair, leaving a poor first impression for potential home buyers, according to real estate expert Kathy Quaid.

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

Foyer After

Now, the foyer is a warm welcome. New slate flooring replaces the faux flagstone tile, and the maintenance issues have been addressed. The railing is now a bold black, which matches the new wall accessories. Fresh neutral paint and carpet on the stairs, plus a new white six-panel closet door adds value and character.

Cost breakdown:

window treatments $644
foyer upgrades $465
paint and accessories $440
lighting $95
bookshelf supplies $200
table and fabric $100
bedding $50

Total: $1,994

Products from Interior Alternatives:

bay window curtains for living room, Ivy League by Waverly
dining-room curtains, Tamarind Tree by Schumacher
bedroom curtains, Ivy League by Waverly
tablecloth fabric for dining room, Ivy League by Waverly

Products from Target:

Roman shades for bedroom and dining room, 068020221 and 068020216
white tablecloth for the dining room
bedroom pillows and bedding

Product from Spectrum:

chandelier crystal beading for dining room

Product from Craftwood Lumber:

60" round dining-room table

Products from JC Licht:

paint for top half of walls in dining room, Benjamin Moore's Stone House
paint for bottom half of walls in dining room, Benjamin Moore's Sherwood Tan

Products from The Home Depot:

12" Earthslate slate tiles for the foyer
light fixture for the foyer, Hampton Bay
bedroom paint, Behr's Pewter Tray

Product from Carpet Mill Outlet:

carpet for the foyer, Linen

Product from T.J. Maxx:

mirror and sconces for the foyer

Product from Kmart:

bedside lamps by Martha Stewart

Dining Room Before

The dining room was cramped with too-large furniture and had a dated feel, thanks to the wallpaper, tablecloth and even accessories. Taking away from the square footage or a room lowers the overall value of a home.

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

Rich details, such as crown molding and chair railing, add unspoken value to a home.

The new-and-improved dining room now has an open layout. The new round table and tablecloth make it appear larger, and fresh wall paint, bright new window treatments, light fixture and accessories complete the look.

Cost breakdown:

window treatments $644
foyer upgrades $465
paint and accessories $440
lighting $95
bookshelf supplies $200
table and fabric $100
bedding $50

Total: $1,994

Products from Interior Alternatives:

bay window curtains for living room, Ivy League by Waverly
dining-room curtains, Tamarind Tree by Schumacher
bedroom curtains, Ivy League by Waverly
tablecloth fabric for dining room, Ivy League by Waverly

Products from Target:

Roman shades for bedroom and dining room, 068020221 and 068020216
white tablecloth for the dining room
bedroom pillows and bedding

Product from Spectrum:

chandelier crystal beading for dining room

Product from Craftwood Lumber:

60" round dining-room table

Products from JC Licht:

paint for top half of walls in dining room, Benjamin Moore's Stone House
paint for bottom half of walls in dining room, Benjamin Moore's Sherwood Tan

Products from The Home Depot:

12" Earthslate slate tiles for the foyer
light fixture for the foyer, Hampton Bay
bedroom paint, Behr's Pewter Tray

Product from Carpet Mill Outlet:

carpet for the foyer, Linen

Product from T.J. Maxx:

mirror and sconces for the foyer

Product from Kmart:

bedside lamps by Martha Stewart

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