Wanted: More Room for Growing Boys

Large furnishings in a traditional bungalow-style home are holding it back from an easy sale.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThis family is quickly outgrowing their home and need to sell it as fast as possible.
Homeowners Sharrie and Frank Mueller have put an offer on a new house. But before they can buy the new house, they need to sell their old one. The couple bought the house when they were first married 15 years ago. The four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath bungalow is located in a good neighborhood on a beautiful tree-lined street. Now that they have three young boys, the house is too crowded and cramped. They want a place with more square footage and a bigger backyard.

Real estate expert Bethany Souza pays a visit to provide her candid assessment on the home's selling potential. She finds the outside of the home charming — everything a buyer would want. Her charmed opinion quickly changes once she enters the living room. She pokes fun at the mirrored wet bar and comments on the misplaced furniture pieces. The best selling feature in the room is the big windows. But when buyers walk into the home, they don't see the windows because they are hidden by an oversize sofa and dirty window treatments.

In the dining room, the huge furniture detracts from the actual size of the spacious area, and in the kitchen, Souza asks if the homeowners worked in a bubble-gum factory when they picked the shocking-pink wall color. Overall, she says opening up the space and toning down the color should make this home fly off the market.

Designer Monica Pedersen agrees with Souza's critique and has a plan to fix the flaws and highlight the features.

Step 1: Swap the contemporary furniture in the living room for a more appropriate style, and showcase the big windows.

Step 2: In the dining room, scale down the furniture to fit the room.

Step 3: Cool down the hot-pink walls in the kitchen, and replace the drab countertop.

Carpenters Robert North and Chad Lopez are on hand and ready to get to work.

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