Updating old homes

If you have a ceiling fan and light, you can also buy replacement fan blades (leaving the fan body in place) to update the fixture’s look.

It’s the first thing you, and your guests, will see. If you have a basic steel front door that has gotten dented, consider replacing it with either another inexpensive steel door or a fiberglass, wood grain door for a slightly higher cost.

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Go for different heights and textures, mix perennials and annuals, blooming and nonblooming varieties.

If you want to add another touch, tie it in to the front door with a coordinating wreath.

Most real estate agents don’t suggest replacing wall-to-wall carpeting right before you sell your house unless it is truly hideous.

The new homeowners may want to choose their own carpeting.

If you have boring recessed lights in your dining and living rooms, consider replacing one of the room’s lights with an eye-catching chandelier.

Home stores offer a wide range of inexpensive, but nice-looking, ceiling fixtures.

Although it sounds obvious, a nicely mowed lawn, a few well-placed shrubs and a swept walkway make a great first impression.

As the saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

Add accent lighting instead of sticking with the two ordinary lamps that flank both ends of the sofa.

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