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Selling your home is a big decision, and you want to make sure everything is just right before you put the property on the market. For years, you have looked at your home through the eyes of a proud owner. Now, you must look at the property with the discerning gaze of a would-be buyer. Even if you think your home is market-ready, the following checklist can enhance its curb appeal and even improve its value.


Clear Out the Clutter

Nothing turns buyers off more than a cluttered home. Clutter and disorganization can make even the largest and most spacious room seem cramped and uncomfortable. Put everything in its place before putting your home on the market, and make sure everything is where it belongs before every showing.


Banish Bad Odors

Odors that you do not even notice may be enough to send someone else scurrying. Pet odors, tobacco smoke, cooking smells and other aromas are obnoxious to many people, including the ones who may be touring your home. Banish those bad smells with fresh flowers, potpourri or the ever-enticing smell of fresh-baked cookies.


Fix Everything

Would-be buyers will notice every little detail, from the broken antenna on your TV to the worn tread on your stairs. If anything is broken or shoddily repaired, the buyer may wonder if home maintenance has slipped as well. Walk through your home, take note of anything that needs repaired and take the time to do it now.


Clean Like You Mean It

A dirty or poorly presented home is a big turn-off for buyers. On a practical level, would-be buyers know they can clean the home to their specifications. On an emotional level, a dirty home could prevent a would-be buyer from even making an offer. Give everything, from the floors to the ceiling fans, a good scrubbing, and give your home a thorough cleaning before every showing or open house.


Let the Fresh Air In

Opening the windows and pulling the blinds will make your home look brighter and more airy. The fresh air can also help eliminate any remaining odors that could chase buyers away.


When it comes to selling your home quickly and for top dollar, the smallest detail can make the biggest difference. The above checklist can make your home more appealing to buyers, help it sell more quickly and put more money in your pocket.

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Building an emergency fund is something most people know they should do but few actually get around to doing. A recent study found that nearly two-thirds of Americans did not have an emergency fund, and more than half would have trouble coming up with $1,000 on short notice. That lack of savings puts them at risk and makes achieving long-term financial goals much more difficult.



Building an emergency fund is a critical first step on the road to financial security. Many people think that they do not make enough money to build an emergency fund, but even low-income workers can set money aside if they take the right steps.


Take Note of Daily Expenses
You may think you have no extra money to build an emergency fund, but those extra dollars could be hiding in plain sight. Take a few minutes to review your normal daily expenses, from that morning cup of coffee and lunch with coworkers to daily parking charges and the take-out pizza you grab on the way home.


Look for ways to economize and swap high costs for lower ones. Bagging up your leftovers from last night's dinner could save you $10 or more a day -- that's several hundred dollars a month. Making your coffee at home could save you $20 to $50 more, while skipping the take-out once or twice a week could save you $100 or more. If your town offers public transportation, swapping your car for a bus or trolley could slash your parking charges and save you even more.


Start a Piggy Bank
Now that you have identified the leaks in your daily budget, you can use that knowledge to start building an emergency fund. Take that $10 you would have spent on lunch and place it in a special spot in your wallet. When you get home, transfer that cash to your new piggy bank and watch the money accumulate. When your bank is full, you can use the money to start the savings account that will become your emergency fund.


You do not have to confine your savings to folding money. Change works just as well, and it is much easier to accumulate. Every time you get change, keep it in your pocket until you get home, then transfer it to your piggy bank. You may be surprised at how quickly that spare change adds up.

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Enjoying your backyard in the summer months is a treat if you have been cooped up indoors during the cold and wet months. Here are four ways you can spruce up your yard and make it a summer haven.
4 Ways To Make Your Backyard A Summer Haven
1. Clean your outdoor furniture
After months of not being used and sitting around collecting dust and dirt, your outdoor furniture probably looks less than inviting. It's time to break out a bucket of water and soap, and clean them up. If they still look shabby, you can can paint them. This is a good way to change the look of your backyard furniture for the cost of a can of paint.

2. Create shaded places to relax
During the summer months it's nice to spend time outdoors, but there should be shaded areas so that no one has to be directly in the sun. If you're lucky enough to have a large tree in your backyard, you can arrange seating underneath. If you have a table on which you have meals outdoors, use an umbrella to create shade.

3. Add colorful flowers
One of the joys of summer is the abundance of bright colors. You can purchase or grow flowers to add to the patio or perimeter of your yard. Bright colors put people in a good mood and make them want to spend time in the area. If you're a creative person, you might also want to paint your flowerpots to add extra color.

4. Add lighting for evenings
Enjoying your backyard doesn't have to stop when the sun goes down. You can string lights around your yard and enjoy it in the evening as well. You can go as simply as white lights around your patio, or get more creative if you're the crafty and adventurous type. You can find dozens of lighting ideas online.

It doesn't take a lot of money to improve the look of your yard, just a little time and creativity.

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