TIP OF THE WEEK
If cooler autumn weather makes you want to get inside your home to redecorate, add new furnishings or take other steps to settle in, you’re not alone.

Rainy, snowy, cold or otherwise inclement weather makes us more productive overall because we’re less motivated to spend leisure time outside, according to research from Harvard Business School. That helps explain why we often get the urge to improve our surroundings, shop for new furniture or set out great-smelling candles for our homes this time of year.

That’s highly convenient, since it’s never too early to start sprucing up your home and refreshing décor for the impending holiday season. And that nest-feathering doesn’t have to break the bank; there are plenty of ways to make your home warm, cozy and beautiful that don’t require a huge budget. Here are a few suggestions:

1. A big fall cleaning actually makes more sense than a spring cleaning, since you’ll be spending so much more time inside. Before settling in, make an effort to wash walls, clean floors and carpets, wipe down windows and polish all woodwork with lemon- or orange-scented oil.

2. Start stocking your kitchen with ingredients for traditional cold-weather foods like soups, stews, casseroles, fondue or homemade bread.

3. Update your decor with a new living room, dining room or bedroom set from Big Lots, enhancing your family’s comfort without putting you in debt.

4. Walk around your home and take a fresh look at your wall hangings, artwork and accent pieces. Are they being displayed to their best advantage, or are there better arrangements that could complement your furniture and color schemes? Seek a different perspective by taking everything down and starting anew, or check Pinterest.com for some inspiration.

5. Take an objective look at your interior lighting and determine whether upgrades are in order. A wealth of research points to how lighting directly affects mood, and the last thing you want in the fall and winter months is to struggle with under-lit rooms that make you tired or less productive.
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HOME-SELLING TIP
Windows, doors can turn buyers away
Creaky windows and sticking doors can add to the charm of an older home, but if you’re looking to sell your home, that charm could be lost on potential buyers. Even though older windows and doors look nice, one of the first things potential buyers do is try opening and closing the windows and doors to make sure they work properly. If the windows don’t open or are not properly sealed, or if there are issues with opening and closing doors, buyers could walk away before seeing the entire house. Buyers could also perceive the lack of repairs for the windows and doors as a red flag that there are other problems throughout the house.
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DECORATING TIP
Ready a room for painting
If you’re looking to paint just one wall or several, before even dipping your brush or roller into a paint can you’ll need to prepare the wall to be painted. First remove dirt and grease stains with water, mild dishwashing detergent and a cellulose sponge; then rinsed with water. Using painters blue tape, tape the trim, window and door frames to keep paint from where you don’t want it. Be sure to prime the walls to help maximize the sheen and coverage of paint. Once you have your tape set, use a brush to paint around the trim and corners of walls or any place you can’t reach with a roller. Finally, paint the wall with a roller to ensure complete coverage.
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GARDEN GUIDE
Enhance your outdoor space with lighting
One of the latest trends is gardening is adding outdoor lighting to enhance your garden or outdoor space. As LED bulbs have become brighter and more efficient, the opportunity to light up the outdoors has become easier. You can use LEDs to uplight trees, specimen plants and architectural features. These light systems have also become more convenient with the ability to control them with mobil apps. Be sure to not use a light source that is too large or bright because it can be blinding to those gazing upon your garden or outdoor space.
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