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.
This 1960s rancher has a neglected look, until cottage updates gave it a modern feel.