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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Real estate expert Brandie Malay is the first to arrive to assess the home’s selling potential. She thinks the Victorian-cottage-style exterior is adorable. However, upon entering the home she finds herself at a loss for words when she sees all the clutter. In the living room, Malay thinks buyers will have a hard time seeing the home’s charm underneath all the mess. What was once a spare bedroom is now a passageway to the upstairs. It is filled bedroom furniture and even more clutter. Malay strongly advises giving the room clearly-defined purpose. She is impressed by the large square footage in the attic bedroom, but feels the slanted walls and low ceiling are preventing it from being anything other than a kid’s room.
Designer Monica Pedersen agrees with Malay’s negative findings and has a $2,000 plan that will turn them positive selling features.
Step 1: Edit the furniture in the living room and clear out the clutter.
Step 2: Add value to the home by giving the messy passageway a distinct function.
Step 3: Turn the attic bedroom into a master suite instead of a kid’s suite.
Robert North and Chad Lopez are the Designed to Sell team members with the all the right carpentry skills and power tools to get the job done.