Too Small For Two Boys

A family of four needs to sell their condo so they can buy a bigger, better place.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThis room is so sterile it looks unused.
Kristy and Khary Gibbs are raising two little boys in a too-small, two-bedroom condo. They like the place, and it holds a lot of sentimental value because it is their boys' first home, but it is just too crowded for a growing family of four. The couple wants a larger home with more of a permanent feel for their boys. And time is of the essence, as they have already put a bid on another house.

Real estate expert Bethany Souza uncovers the reasons this home won't be a quick sale. She finds the outside of the condo development very charming with its tree-lined streets, brick façade and incredible city views. But each condo looks exactly the same from the outside. That's why it will be the inside that will sell the home. It needs to stand out from the rest. Upon entering the home, Souza sees nothing that will set this condo apart from the competition. She finds the living space sterile, uninviting and lacking personality. The master bath and master bedroom do nothing for her either — they just scream "standard."

Designer Monica Pedersen agrees with Souza's assessment and is on the scene to help with a can't-miss plan.

Step 1: Downsize the furniture in the living room, and create some customization by bringing in lots of color.

Step 2: In the master bath, fix the cracks in the wall, bring in color, and create separate his-and-her areas.

Step 3: Make the master bedroom furniture more to scale and give it a cohesive look.

Carpenters Robert North and Chad Lopez strap on the tool belts and get to work.

The tan, oversize furniture matches the tan, stained carpet as well as the walls, which makes for a very blah setting. The lack of window treatments and color make it feel more like a corporate rental than a family home.

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