New Baby, Bigger Place

The Designed to Sell team revamps a spacious, pre-war condo.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThis couple is getting ready for their first child and need help selling their home so they can buy a larger one.
Homeowners Melanie and Nathan Neely are expecting their first child, and have decided to sell their one-bedroom condo and find a new place with more room. Their condo is in a vintage brick building that sits directly across from a large park. The couple has owned the 1,300-square-foot home for five years, and in that time, they refurbished the space with a new kitchen and gorgeous hardwood floors.

Real estate expert Brandie Malay arrives with the formula for a successful sale. First, she is amazed at the amount of space the Neelys have. However, the living and dining areas are ill defined and won't make sense to buyers. In the master bathroom, they must update the brass fixtures, remove the Hollywood bar lighting and completely declutter. Lastly, Malay says the master bedroom's large space needs definition, the flooring needs improvement, and the home's vintage features need to be better highlighted.

Designer Monica Pedersen formulates a plan to get this condo ready for a top-dollar sale.

Step 1: Remap the living and dining room furniture, and purchase a larger area rug to help redefine the space.

Step 2: In the master bedroom, rearrange the area and create two spaces that will really showcase the home's potential.

Step 3: Declutter the master bath and make it more luxurious by updating the fixtures.

Carpenters Robert North and Chad Lopez are on hand to help get this project rolling.

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