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Few other fix-ups can give you so much improvement for so little money and effort. Use a unified color scheme of neutral shades.
Flowerbeds, foundation plantings, paths, and borders can make a huge difference in your home's appeal. If you buy small plantings and let them grow into their role, you get a particularly high value per investment.
Additions that suit your home's style, scale, and traffic flow generally add value -- as do well-designed outdoor living areas such as porches and decks.
Not every remodeling project will increase your home's value. Some, in fact, can really turn off potential buyers. Value-reducers include:
A built-in pool that takes up most of the yard.
A super-large garage.
A poorly designed addition that looks "tacked on."
Too much white marble.
Any upgrade that prices a house significantly above those in the neighborhood.