Make Room for Buyers

A cozy home must lose three-quarters of its clutter so it will be ready to sell.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionBefore, this office wasn't adding anything to the bottom line, but now it is a stylish and functional dining room that is full of value.
The new hardwood floors are sure to catch buyer's eyes, and repainting the homeowner's chairs saved a lot cash. They look great paired with a new table. The traditional-style chandelier that hung in the old dining alcove now hangs above the table. In the guest bedroom (not shown), clearing out the massive amount of clothes didn't cost a thing, but it added a lot of value to the home. The side window is now visible and makes this room shine.

Cost breakdown:

furniture $920
wood floors $371
accessories $145
window treatments $320
bedding $73
paint and supplies $129

Total: $1,958

Dining room products:

10" gold vase, 811012990520, Michaels
wood floor, Hobo
paint, Benjamin Moore's Summerdale Gold, HC-17, J.C. Licht
window treatment fabric, Loomcraft Textiles
tablecloth, 082092401536, Wal-Mart

Bedroom products:

curtain rods, Rod Curtain Spring, 59979, Ace Hardware
yellow silk pillows, 045623, HomeGoods
bedding and pillows, 007799282, 018247228, 007529454, Marshalls
window shades, 068032995, Target
paint, Benjamin Moore's La Paloma Gray, 1551, J.C. Licht

Living room products:

vases, 003088658, 003088689, Marshalls
arm chair, sofa and armoire, Wickes Furniture
curtain rings, 004429409213, Wal-Mart
window treatment fabric lining, JoAnn
paint, Benjamin Moore's Caramel Apple, 1042, J.C. Licht
lampshades, 008280390224, 008280394943, Wal-Mart
scented paint additive, Paint Pourri, Scentco