Selling Off Into Retirement
Karen and John Cacheiro are ready to retire in style, so the game is on to sell their house.
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Filed under: Home Staging, Living Rooms, Dining Rooms, Kitchens, Master Bedrooms, Remodeling, Furniture
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The living room was dark and dated with dingy furniture, stained carpet and tired window treatments. In addition, the TV set was demanding more attention than from the fireplace, which could be a great selling feature. Fireplaces add dollars to the bottom line, so drawing attention to them is key.
The dull dining room looked like an afterthought, according to Freeman. The dowdy table was stuffed into the corner, and the overhead light fixture was not centered.
The spacious master bedroom was as outdated as the rest of the place and so packed with large pieces of furniture — including a treadmill that blocked the path to one side of the bed — that it actually appeared smaller.
The tiny kitchen has clutter in every corner, making it appear even smaller. The linoleum is in good shape but very dated. Replacing it with vinyl tile will help breathe new life into the room, LaPorta says.
A '50s tract home with an outdated exterior and overgrown yard undergoes a dramatic whole-house remodel.