$5 Tip to Add Home Appeal

Real estate professionals in Sacramento, Calif., say it only takes a $5 investment to do some quick makeovers to attract potential buyers. Here are five under $5 ideas:

Give the trim around the front door a fresh coat of paint, covering up fingerprints and dings.

Fertilize the grass so it looks bright green.

Hang a small flag that says “Welcome.”

Place a big pot of yellow marigolds in the foyer — yellow makes people feel comfortable.

Dribble a few drops of vanilla on the oven door and turn it to low (it’ll smell just like cookies are baking).

Source: The Sacramento Bee, Jim Wasserman (05/04/07)