Upgrades That Add to the Value of Your Home

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1. Add some photos. Try having your favorite photos blown up then frame them. You can find inexpensive frames at your local craft store.

2. Lighting makes a huge difference. Many discounts 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.

3. De-clutter. Going through your rooms and getting rid of one-third of your furniture and junk will instantly add space that potential buyers will notice.

4. 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.

5. Create areas of interest in your yard. Start with a tiny section and create a focal point. Install a birdbath, bird feeder, arbor, or a bench with copious amounts of flowers and plants around it to make a small sanctuary.

6. Make an outside area look more prominent. To make an area of the yard look larger, use curving pathways and sidewalks instead of straight ones.

7. Use everyday objects in new ways. Sometimes the secret to less-expensive decorating is to look at things differently.

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