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Moving Next Door

See how our team of experts gets this house ready for a quick sale.

Donna and Ben Selagea have built the home of their dreams, and it's right next door to their current residence. They need to sell their current place fast, so the Designed to Sell team, armed with their $2,000 budget, signs on to help.

Real estate expert Bethany Souza starts her assessment at the curb, where she likes the home's overall size. Upstairs, she checks out the office. Her first impression leads her to question why the oversize space isn't the master bedroom—more than half the space is empty. Bethany then turns her attention to the guest bedroom. With mismatched bedding and no creature comforts, it doesn't encourage overnight guests.

Design expert Monica Pedersen steps in with a clever plan to transform the underutilized spaces in this home to stimulate a fast sale. She wants to turn the office into an inviting master suite. She'll add furniture, stylish linens and window treatments. She wants to outfit the guest room with multipurpose pieces to showcase its versatility as a sitting room or additional sleeping space. Here's how she'll bring it all together:

Step 1: Enjoy the suite life. Highlight the master bedroom as the home's crown jewel.

Step 2: Be flexible and get functional. Showcase the spare room so buyers can see its versatility.

Step 3: Show off square footage. Clear away clutter and arrange furniture simply to highlight roomy spaces.

Carpenters Chad Lopez and Robert North are ready to get to work on the transformation.

Master Bedroom Before

Real estate expert Bethany Souza was shocked at the unused space in the office. With such a tiny master bedroom downstairs, it was an obvious choice to move the master to the second floor.

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

Master Bedroom After

A new bed, stylish bedding and drapes dress up this once-cluttered and underutilized space. With the office elsewhere, buyers can fully see this room as a spacious master retreat.

Cost breakdown:

furniture $1,084
bedding and accessories $407
paint and supplies $215
window treatments $136
lighting $135

Total: $1,977

Products from Wal-Mart:

bedding in guest room, 007665781108
fabric in guest room, 007665781108
candle in guest room, 007600121427
candleholder in guest room, 074270242586
decorative easel in guest room, 004697569641
light fixture in guest room, 008106900344
cafe-style curtain rod set in master bedroom, 002783759786

Products from JC Licht:

paint in guest room, Metallic Silver, 2132-60
paint in guest room, Bleeker Beige, HC-80
tile paint in bathroom, White, 723596603829
tile primer in bathroom, 723596400817

Products from Target:

master-bedroom duvet, Thomas O'Brien, 060010412

Products from Ikea:

desk in guest room, 50000088
nightstands in guest room, Noresund
lampshade in guest room, Kaskad, 90096319
candleholders in guest room, 20068008
table lamp in guest room, 60078185
daybed in guest room, Meldal, 90073978

Products from Homegoods:

shower curtain, Carol Little
shower-curtain hooks, 094652
bath towels
lamps in master bedroom, Home Office, 017663
bench in master bedroom, 118480

Products from Hancock Fabrics:

fabrics for bathroom window treatment, 000108274 and 000212878
grosgrain ribbon used in master bedroom, 000291120
fabric used in master bedroom, 000108274

Products from The Brown Elephant:

guest-room end table

Products from Lowes:

bathroom lighting, satin finish, 725916803735

Products from Big Lots:

bedding in guest room, Domestics, 1463500104574 and 1463500261549
candles in guest room, 434000478901 and 1453400117560

Products from The Home Depot:

medicine cabinet, 043197023148

Guest Room Before

The guest room was an afterthought, with a boring bed and mismatched furniture. The space was anything but cozy and inviting for overnight guests.

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

Guest Room After

Once ignored and ill-defined, the guest room has been transformed into a multifunctional space. With a new desk and a daybed, buyers will see its potential as an office or a cozy spot to welcome guests.

Cost breakdown:

furniture $1,084
bedding and accessories $407
paint and supplies $215
window treatments $136
lighting $135

Total: $1,977

Products from Wal-Mart:

bedding in guest room, 007665781108
fabric in guest room, 007665781108
candle in guest room, 007600121427
candleholder in guest room, 074270242586
decorative easel in guest room, 004697569641
light fixture in guest room, 008106900344
cafe-style curtain rod set in master bedroom, 002783759786

Products from JC Licht:

paint in guest room, Metallic Silver, 2132-60
paint in guest room, Bleeker Beige, HC-80
tile paint in bathroom, White, 723596603829
tile primer in bathroom, 723596400817

Products from Target:

master-bedroom duvet, Thomas O'Brien, 060010412

Products from Ikea:

desk in guest room, 50000088
nightstands in guest room, Noresund
lampshade in guest room, Kaskad, 90096319
candleholders in guest room, 20068008
table lamp in guest room, 60078185
daybed in guest room, Meldal, 90073978

Products from Homegoods:

shower curtain, Carol Little
shower-curtain hooks, 094652
bath towels
lamps in master bedroom, Home Office, 017663
bench in master bedroom, 118480

Products from Hancock Fabrics:

fabrics for bathroom window treatment, 000108274 and 000212878
grosgrain ribbon used in master bedroom, 000291120
fabric used in master bedroom, 000108274

Products from The Brown Elephant:

guest-room end table

Products from Lowes:

bathroom lighting, satin finish, 725916803735

Products from Big Lots:

bedding in guest room, Domestics, 1463500104574 and 1463500261549
candles in guest room, 434000478901 and 1453400117560

Products from The Home Depot:

medicine cabinet, 043197023148

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