A Musical Makeover

The Designed to Sell take the dingy and dull out of a colonial-style home making it ready for a profitable sale.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThis homeowner needs some help selling his home so he can get out on the road and do some travelling.
Homeowner and musican Ivan Katz wants to do a little traveling, strum his guitar and play some poker. But, before he hits the road, he needs to sell his three-bedroom, colonial-style home. The home is located in the trendy area of Clarendon, Virginia, just a few miles west of Washington D.C. The main floor offers a lot of space to potential buyers with its cozy living room, separate dining room and bright kitchen.

Real estate expert Terry Haas pays a visit to assess the home’s positive and negative selling features. She likes the neighborhood and the traditional feel of the brick home. In the living room, she compliments the floors and fireplace, but not the overabundance of mismatched furniture. Haas questions why there is garden furniture in the dining room, although, she likes the room’s original architectural details. Haas goes on to discover kitchen clutter, outdated dingy cabinets, faux-crackle wallpaper border and a filthy floor.

Designer Taniya Nayak agrees with Haas’s observations and has a $2,000 design plan that is sure to get this homeowner top dollar.

Step 1: Coordinate the living room furnishings and highlight the beautiful fireplace.
Step 2: Move the patio set out of the dining room and paint the walls to emphasize the chair rail and molding.

Step 3: Declutter the kitchen, update the cabinets and remove the tacky border.

Contractors John Allen and Matt Steele are hip to the plan and are prepared to accomplish each step.