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Upgrades That Add to the Value of Your Home

Mon, Sep 10, 2007 at 2:49PM

Adding Value to Your HomeHere is a list of upgrades that you can make to your home that won't break the bank but will add great value. If you focus your resources in the right areas, these little changes can make a huge difference in the way your home looks -- to yourself and potential buyers. 1. Begin with the the front of the house. This is first place that you, your guest and potential buyers see. Keep the front painted and pay special attention to the door. The door handle is the first thing that potential buyers touch on your house. Consider adding a shinny door handle to your front door. 2. Dress up the front porch. Again the front of the home is one of the first places that potential buyers are going to see. By placing two large planters on either side of the front door, with a profusion of healthy plants. When you choose the plants, look for foliage colors and blooms that complement each other. Include tall plants, to give the arrangement height and shape; ground covers, to spill out of the pot and down the sides to soften the edges, and an abundance of medium-sized plants to fill in between the two and give a lush look. 3. Add a fresh coat of interior paint. One of the biggest changes you can make to a room is to change the wall color. 4. Add some photos. Try having your favorite photos blown up then frame them. You can find inexpensive frames at your local craft store. 5. Lighting makes a huge difference. A lot of discount and home stores are stocking inexpensive lighting options that can make a big difference in a room. Spotlights that plug into existing outlets can direct light to features you want to emphasize, such as art or plants. 6. De-clutter. By going through your rooms and get rid of one-third of your furniture and junk you will instantly add space that potential buyers will notice. 7. Give the yard a good clip. Trim back the trees and shrubs that block the street view of the house and especially the windows. This will give your home curb appeal. 8. Create areas of interest in your yard. Start with one small section and create a focal point. Install a birdbath, bird feeder, arbor or bench with copious amounts of flowers and plants around it to create a small sanctuary. 9. Make and outside area look bigger. To make an area of the yard look larger, use curving pathways and sidewalks instead of straight ones. 10. Use everyday objects in new ways. Sometimes the secret to less-expensive decorating is to look at things differently.

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