Getting Top Dollar for a Townhouse

The Designed to Sell team transforms a mismatched living room with bad furniture placement and a cluttered office basement into stylish rooms that will help this home sell.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThe finished basement is transformed into a cozy media room.
The basement office for two was situated on an unnecessary platform riser. By removing the platform, replacing the carpet and repurposing the basement into a media room, potential buyers are sure to notice the added living space. Theater rooms are a hot trend right now, and the comfy rental furniture and plasma TV look very hip and dramatic next to the red velvet curtains.

Before, the basement bathroom (not shown) used to look like a burned-out pet barbershop. Now, it is clean, streamlined and fit for humans. The Designed to Sell team redid the whole room for less than $500. That included everything — tiled floors, a new vanity, light fixture, stylish round mirror, soft colors and original artwork.

Tip: Before you buy, look at the house at night as well as during the day. The curb appeal can look completely different after dark.

Basement makeover products

toss pillows: HomeGoods - 098992
framed art: Target - 074121121
paint: Benjamin Moore - Yorkshire Tan HC-23 (eggshell)
carpet: Empire Carpet - Stainmaster Dixie Home Duration

Bathroom makeover products

towels: HomeGoods – 090636 and 084653
silk grass: T.J. Maxx - 859827
shower curtain and hooks: T.J. Maxx - 394814 and 497788
soap dispenser: T.J. Maxx - 491689
three-light vanity fixture: Lowe's - 226525
bathroom mirror: Lowe's - 28-inch circle 33621
toilet paper holder: Target - 097010341
supplies for art project: Michaels -16 x 20 canvas - 94376892031, paint brushes - 90672089564 and Americana Craft Paints - 1645118306, 16455194300, 16455228302 and 1645526430
paint: Benjamin Moore: Victorian Garden 1531 (eggshell)

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