Cherie and Ray Fiedler are ready to sell their first home. It will be an emotional move to the suburbs for the lifelong city dwellers, but the Fiedlers and their two children want to be closer to their very large extended family. This handy couple has remodeled much of the house in the last decade, but their previous taste for country quaint makes the decor feel severely outdated. The challenge for the Designed to Sell team is to turn this charming 82-year-old home into a contemporary showpiece.
Olivia and Serg Piatich left their native Romania 20 years ago to start a new life in the United States. Now they and their two children are ready to write the next chapter to their American dream by moving to a larger home. The challenge for the Designed to Sell team is to accentuate their current home's unique features and make it shine for the open house.
Cheryl and Peter Manikis are in a bind. They just had their third child and already closed escrow on their new house. While they enjoy their current home, they are looking for more space to accommodate their growing family. They have turned to the Designed to Sell team to help rid them of this multiple-mortgage mess so they can quickly move out and move on. The challenge: bring their '80s townhouse back to this decade.
With their family growing, Aaron and Christine Fleming are looking to do the same thing in a new house. Pregnant with their second child, they are quickly outgrowing the 1600-square-foot barn-shaped farmhouse that they have called home for the past three years. They need more space for the kids, but can they sell the house before the new addition arrives? The Designed to Sell team intends to help them do just that.
Emotions run high as Laura and Keith Houghteling prepare to sell his lifelong home. In order to cut costs, this 30-something couple is downsizing so Laura can be a full-time mom to sons Sam and Max. Although they've made tremendous improvements, there is still tons to do in this 78-year-old bungalow before it hits the marketplace. The Designed to Sell team steps in to help.
With four children under the age of 7, Porscha and Malcolm Parker certainly have a full house. Their 2,900-square-foot home is big, but not big enough for this growing family. So they have built a bigger house that is just waiting for them to move in. With little time but plenty of motivation, the Parkers have turned to the Designed to Sell team to help them get their home ready for the marketplace.
Meredith and Kyle live in a condo in Chicago's trendy Lincoln Park neighborhood. Close to parks, shopping and public transportation, this area is perfect for young city dwellers. The newlyweds are starting to feel the cramps of condo living and are looking to upgrade to a larger space. But first, their current home needs an upgrade. That's where the Designed to Sell team comes into the picture.
Wedding bells are ringing for John Cabral and his fiancee Janice Quinonez. The couple is preparing to walk down the aisle, but first they need to sell his old bachelor pad. Though they are both ready for a new life together, the two-bedroom, one-bath condominium holds a lot of memories for John, so it will be hard to say goodbye. The Designed to Sell team, armed with their $2,000 budget, sets out to turn this place into a sophisticated home that will appeal to potential buyers.
College sweethearts Roni and Doug Jackson have been raising a family on Chicago's South Side, but now they are ready to pack up their two boys and move closer to Doug's childhood home in the city's historic Hyde Park neighborhood. They enlist the help of the Designed to Sell team, and their $2,000 budget, to get this place in good selling shape as quickly as possible.
Eastern European immigrants Donna and Ben Selagea have built the home of their dreams, and it's right next door to their current residence. They need to sell their current place fast, so the Designed to Sell team, armed with their $2,000 budget, signs on to help.
First-time home sellers Amy and Bill Duke are relocating out of state, so Bill can start his medical career. This growing family needs help to make their 1950's raised ranch stand out from the rest in their Chicago suburb! That's where the Designed to Sell team comes into play.
While many 30-something couples are moving to the suburbs to start a family, Heather and Brendan Gately want to move closer to downtown. They currently own a vintage single-family home in the city's trendy Wicker Park neighborhood, but they are overwhelmed with the responsibilities that come with owning a house and are longing for easier condo life. That's where the Designed to Sell team comes into the picture. They sign on to help the Gatelys get top dollar for their current place.
Newlyweds Katie and Eric Stuiber are ready to give up the high-rise city living for a house in the suburbs, but first they have to sell her lakefront condo on the north of side Chicago. Katie bought the one-bedroom, one-bath, 27th-floor condo for its great views and terrific location. Even with those positives, the condo has been on the market for more than six months and is proving to be a tough sell. It's time for the Designed to Sell squad to come to the rescue and get this place ready to turn a profit.
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