The Designed to Sell team helps spruce up a house that's been stubborn to sell.
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Designer Lisa LaPorta agrees with Donna's findings and establishes a three-step plan to whip things in shape before the open house:
Step 1: Freshen it up. Flush out the animal odors so buyers focus on what they see, not what they smell.
Step 2: Break the ice. Warm up the modern Asian decor for a wider appeal.
Step 3: Pick a purpose. You can increase the value by giving each space a distinctive identity.
Her regular team of experts works hard to implement her changes in the short amount of time given. Were they able to pull it off? Let's see:
The living area is wonderful, large size, but is cold and uninviting. The furniture doesn't seem to work well together and is awkwardly placed — doesn't look like much living is done in this room.
Homeowner Deborah Orlik thinks one of the reasons her house hasn't sold is because of the unusual spiral staircase — she thinks it frightens people. Not so, say Donna and designer Lisa LaPorta. It's a great asset.
The family room is home to a variety of small animals (on large blue table), thus that lingering odor. It too is dark, due in large part to the wooden wall paneling and dark window treatments — not good selling points.
The master bedroom is a great size, but has too much of an Asian theme, bad carpet and a decorative screen that covers a large window. Again, letting in as much light as possible is recommended.
Bob Clark built this house in 1956. He and his wife, Rita, have raised nine children in this house.