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

Inviting, Green Sunroom

To make a room appear to be bigger than it is, paint it the same color as the adjacent room. If you have a small kitchen and dining room, a seamless look will make both rooms feel like one big space. And make a sunporch look bigger and more inviting by painting it green to reflect the color of nature. Another design trick: If you want to create the illusion of more space, paint the walls the same color as your drapery. It will give you a seamless and sophisticated look.

Raid Your Yard For Floral Arrangement

Staged homes are almost always graced with fresh flowers and pricey orchid arrangements, but you can get a similar effect simply by raiding your yard. Budding magnolia clippings or unfurling fern fronds herald the arrival of spring, summer blooms add splashes of cheerful color, blazing fall foliage warms up your decor on chilly autumn days and holly branches heavy with berries look smashing in winter.

Modern Master Bedroom With Vibrant Orange Headboard

As seen on HGTV's Design On a Dime, this stylish bedroom mixes warm tan colors with rich red accessories for a sweet sleep spot. The small nightstand lamps add to the room's overall cool factor.

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

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.

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.

Prim and Polished Bathroom

Having tile professionally painted can make a bathroom look brand new. And accessorizing can make buyers feel like they're in a spa. Put out items like rolled-up towels, decorative baskets and candles. It's a great way to create a polished look, and it doesn't cost much to do.

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

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.

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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