It’s a good idea to start by storing personal pictures, knickknacks, boxes, piles of mail, and any other eye-catching distractions. Expert organizers suggest sorting through collections of books, magazines, CDs and newspapers, and getting rid of those you no longer want or use. Choose containers that are as practical as they are pretty to organize

Manicure the yard. Clean the windows, doors, and front entry. Plant flowers-tastefully, and abundantly! Pressure clean the exterior. Enhance and beautify with lighting. Reseal the driveways. Paint your house. Focus on the front door. Don’t forget the shutters.

Nothing smells better than clean! The source of the most common problem odors: pets, smoking, cooking, and mold or mildew. A zippered pillowcase filled with cedar chips, placed under a pet’s pillow bed, will absorb most of the unpleasant odors. Boiling an apple, a teaspoon of cinnamon, and a few drops of vanilla on the

Potted Plants, small or large, are one of the easiest and least expensive ways to create visual appeal. Home Fragrance such as scented candles, sprays, and plug-in type fragrance gadgets in delicate scents can work wonders. Steam Cleaning-Rather than investing in a professional service, rent the machine for one day, and rejuvenate carpets and drapes.

An Unkempt Lawn Chipping or Peeling Paint Worn or Dirty Carpets and Flooring Poor Housekeeping-Dust, Stains, and Dirt Junk, Clutter, and Disorganization Unpleasant Odors-Pets, Tobacco, and Garbage Unusual or Odd Paint Colors

Create the illusion of space by rearranging the furniture. Try different combinations or remove and store pieces that make it feel crowded. Arrange the furniture in living areas into intimate groupings that suggest entertaining and ideal conversational settings. Consider rental furniture, especially when the pieces you have don’t match, are badly worn, or are in

Avoid bright colors, fluorescent and neon shades, or colors that are very dark. The hottest trends in paint colors are soft creams, taupes, and pale buttery yellow tones. Neutral colors have a universal appeal-both men and women give them favorable ratings. Don’t be tempted to keep the wallpaper. Generally, buyers are put off by it.

Go green: A few changes to the landscaping of your home can make a world of difference! You might want to consider planting some fruit trees in the backyard, adding a touch of color with some bright and unusual flowers, or perhaps finally starting the vegetable garden you’ve always dreamed about. Add a touch of

Make a list: Spend some time taking stock of the kinds of maintenance and improvement projects you’d like to begin. A well-considered list will help you to set reachable goals. Assess your skills: Make sure that you carefully consider which projects you are fully capable of completing. For example, unless you have sufficient experience with

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