Making Way for a Sale
A couple needs help clearing out their overstuffed home before they put it on the market.
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Irene and Victor Anastasia need more space in a home, but first they have to sell their overstuffed starter place. They look to the Designed to Sell team of experts to help them spruce it up in short order.
Real estate expert Shannon Freeman provides her honest assessment of the state of this house, starting with the exterior. She notes that the front door is a little shabby, but she likes the clean lines of the architecture. Once inside she discovers a rickety railing in the first room (which is not clearly defined), an unimpressive living room, including a fireplace that needs work, and a cluttered, unfinished kitchen. Worst of all is the garage, which she describes as a "junkyard with a door."
Designer Lisa LaPorta is next on the scene and agrees with Freeman's analysis. She wants to focus the team's energies on improving the living room, entryway and garage. Here's how she plans to do it:
Step 1: Define the space. Take full advantage of the floor plan to add back the value that's been lost.
Step 2: Playtime is over. Create an adult atmosphere that will lead to widespread appeal.
Step 3: Warm up the welcome. Establish a brilliant first impression to wow buyers from the start.
Contractor Jim Collins and carpenter Brad Haviland sign on to help the Anastasias and LaPorta put her plan into action.
The furniture layout was awkward and clunky, with the large entertainment center overpowering the space and dwarfing the fireplace — normally a great selling feature in a home.
Now it's a welcoming retreat, thanks to the removal of that oversize cabinet and an updated furniture arrangement, including a few new pieces and accessories in a rich burgundy shade.
The entryway was hollow and nondescript. The shabby front door, rickety railing and stained carpet gave the impression that this room had been ignored over the years.
Now, the once-wasted space is a warm dining area, adding a whole new room to the floor plan. Stylish window treatments and accessories top off this priceless transformation.
The garage was packed so full of clutter items literally spilled out of it when the door was opened. Plus, there was barely room enough to get to the washer and dryer at the rear.
Now it's an organized, user-friendly space. Drywall and fresh paint were easy ways to deliver this turnaround. New flooring leads buyers to the laundry room that was hidden before, and the shelves and bins prove the space is as functional as it looks.
garage and supplies $791
lighting and accessories $454
window treatments $175
paint and supplies $90
- An exciting front door is the first step to pulling buyers inside the house, so don't forget to pay attention to this spot.
- You can save a lot of money by putting new furniture together yourself.
- Sprinkling vinyl chips into wet paint adds a textured, granite-like effect for a rich and customized look.
Products from The Coaster Company of America:
dining table, 6001
six chairs for dining room, 3656
coffee table for living room, 3788
Products from Target:
drapery rods for dining room and living room, 068070422 and 068070421
14-gallon storage bins for garage, Rubbermaid Roughneck Storage Tote 002020374
Products from HomeGoods:
art for dining room, 042356
two lamps for living room, 187381
Products from Expo Design Center:
Burgundy draperies for dining room and living room, Interior Concepts Kendra three-in-one Rod Pocket Panel, 755675004850
Products from Big Lots:
candelabra for dining room, Iron Chandelier Taper Holder, 1453400131785
Products from Lowe's:
garage floor paint and treatment, Rustoleum's Epoxy Shield Garage Floor Coating 16697
new entry lock set, Tahoe-style lock, 181562
shelves for garage, Durashelf, 43008
paint for front door and fireplace, Valspar's Lyndhurst Rich Brown 93-13A
Designer Lisa LaPorta helps homeowners spruce up their house for a spiffy sale.Advertisement
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