Selling in the Suburbs

The Designed to Sell adds more value to a cottage home by increasing the usable square footage.

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The unusual layout of this room is a challenge for anyone to stage. When this Victoria-era home was originally built, this room was probably a bedroom. Then sometime later the staircase to the attic was built and this room became a passageway. The homeowners use the space as a catch-all storage room for clothes and toys.

Real estate expert Brandie Malay thought the cluttered living room (not shown) would make a bad first impression and homebuyers would miss the home’s vintage charm.