Designed to Sell

Ranch House Revitalized

A midcentury rancher's gets a streamlined, stylish makeover.

Small Changes = Quick Sales

Budget Makeover Tips 10 Videos

From Cape Cod to Beverly Hills, small updates can make a big difference.

Selling Secrets 4 Videos

Makeover inspriation and tips to homeowners sell houses fast.

Changes That Sell Houses 4 Videos

Touches like a new mantel and a bathroom upgrade can help to make a sale.

Expert Advice to Sell Fast

12 Simple Home Staging Tips 12 Photos

Get a competitive edge when you put your house on the market with these staging solutions.

15 Secrets of Home Staging 15 Photos

Highlight your home's strengths and appeal to buyers with these home-staging tips.

Wooden Floating Shelves Flank the Fireplace

Nature takes a front seat in this living room. The pairing of floating wooden shelves next to the white trimmed fireplace and cream walls creates a beautiful palette in which plants and flowers can thrive. The floral rug and wicker chair add to the sunny disposition of the room. Design by John Gidding

Blue-Gray Traditional Bedroom

Don't be afraid to use dark paint in a small bedroom. A deep tone on the walls can make the space feel more intimate and cozy.

Built In Bookshelves and Floating Shelves

Simple built-in bookshelves are given some flair with floating shelves that rise up along the wall. The crisp, white shelves pop against a dark, neutral wall color. Design by John Gidding.

New Doors and Drawer Fronts for Kitchen Cabinets

If you can't afford new cabinets, just get new doors and drawer fronts. Then paint everything to match and add new hardware. And instead of replacing the entire dishwasher, you may be able to get a new front panel. Check with the manufacturer to see if replacements are available for your model. If not, laminate paper, which goes on like contact paper, can be used to re-cover the existing panel.

Tall, Dramatic Centerpiece for a Dinner Party

It's important that a dinner party centerpiece not block the view of guests on the other side of the table. Something tall and slender can still provide a dramatic effect without impeding conversation. Add tall blooming branches to a slender vase and surround with pebbles, marbles or sand to keep the branches in place.

Cozy Contemporary Desk Nook With Wall-to-Wall Shelves

Make the most of an awkward space by giving it function. As seen on HGTV's Design On a Dime, the slanted ceilings in this attic bedroom created a hideaway nook with no real purpose. By adding wall-to-wall shelves and a desk, the area was immediately turned into a private office. This new space adds value to the home and is a feature potential buyers are sure to remember.

Contemporary Dining Area for Two

Make your kitchen feel more open and airy by substituting traditional closed cabinets with narrow floating shelves. The openness of these shelves helps to create a feeling of added space while making everything more accessible. Design by John Gidding

Stylish Eat-In Cottage Kitchen With Bright, Colorful Accents

As seen on HGTV's Design On a Dime, this small, yet sophisticated eat-in kitchen offers a seamless look thanks to a crisp, clean paint job. Small pops of color, plus decorative bar stools, allow the neutral wood countertop and cabinets to really shine.

Clutter-Free Living Space

The most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of clutter. Make a house rule that for every new item that comes in, an old one has to leave. One of the major contributors to a cluttered look is having too much furniture. When professional stagers descend on a home being prepped for market, they often whisk away as much as half the owner's furnishings, and the house looks much bigger for it. You don't have to whittle that drastically, but take a hard look at what you have and ask yourself what you can live without.

Spa-Like Bathroom Shelving

Use low floating shelves to display candles and towels next to your bathtub. These elements can help create a spa-like retreat within your bathroom. Design by John Gidding

About the Show

They say you have to spend money to make money. Nowhere is that more true than in the high-stakes world of real estate, but who wants to sink a fortune into fixing up a house they're trying to sell? Designed to Sell shows how to turn a tired house into a showpiece by giving sellers a $2,000 budget and a team of experts to transform their house into the hottest property on the block. Find out if all the hard work pays off with the ultimate goal: a bigger bottom line. Chock full of interior-design ideas, home improvement tips and real estate insider secrets, Designed to Sell has something for everyone.

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