So Long, Bachelor Pad
The McDowells are ready to move into their own place and have enlisted our team of experts to help them.
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Carrie and Patrick McDowell are married, but still living in Patrick's bachelor pad. They're ready to make the move to a place where they can make new memories together, but first they need to cash out on their old property. The Designed to Sell team is on board to help this place shed its sports-bar image in exchange for some sleek sophistication.
Real estate expert Bethany Souza is on the scene first, and red flags begin to go up before she even gets off the sidewalk. She thinks the exterior of the building is lackluster and is afraid that the inside will have to compensate for it. Once inside, Bethany is immediately disturbed by the dining room that includes pet dishes on the dining table and cat litter out in the open. In the bedroom, she feels transported to a sports bar because of all the memorabilia, and the mismatched furnishings downplay any of the room's appeal.
Design expert Monica Pedersen devises a plan to transform this home into a property that will appeal to many tastes. She wants to bring in some color and personality, while adding new furniture and eliminating evidence of furry friends. In the bedroom she wants to bring in matching furniture for a sophisticated look. A custom headboard and a chic wall color will accentuate the positives in the space and help garner top dollar at the open house. Here's her plan:
Step 1: So long to the sporting life. Creating a gender-neutral space is key in appealing to buyers of both sexes.
Step 2: Farewell for now, furry friends. Evidence of pets is a turnoff to many buyers, so keep their presence under wraps.
Step 3: Make it a match made in heaven. Coordinated furnishings are a simple way to convey a sense of sophistication.
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