Too Much House, Too Little Time
This homeowner needs help transforming his bachelor pad into a space that will appeal to potential homebuyers.
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Designer Lisa LaPorta is next to share her opinions, as well as her three-step plan to spruce up the place within a $2,000 budget. She wants to focus on the kitchen, living room and patio, noting that improvements here will garner the most attention.
Step 1: Turn up the heat! Adding warmth and color will make it more inviting to potential buyers.
Step 2: Add a woman's touch. The bachelor feel needs to be softened so that it appeals to all buyers.
Step 3: Fix the damage. Anything that looks broken or unusable needs to be fixed before the open house.
The work begins with clearing out the kitchen, including the fish tank, removing the mysterious substance on the fireplace in the living room and pulling up carpet to reveal beautiful wooden floors. Painting and furniture rearranging, adding fresh window treatments and accessories rounded out the process. How did it all turn out? Let's take a look:
The living room is a great size, but too drab, according to Freeman. The dead flower arrangement on the coffee table and paint on the fireplace don't help matters.
The kitchen is more of the same. It's nice and big, but sterile, and some of the cabinets don't close all the way. Because it is one of the first thing buyers see when they view a home, it deserves a chunk of the budget.
A patio that should be a great selling feature has instead become a liability. It feels very sparse, but has huge potential and could add a lot of value to this house. It just needs a few personal touches.
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