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Brenda Adams looks out the back door of the Savannah Rapids Visitor Center for a view of the canal in Martinez.


Your home should be a refuge from the stress of work and the world. We suggest you resolve to make your home as comfortable as you can for you and your family. Chances that will improve comfort and possibly appeal to prospective buyers in the future could include:


- Adding comfortable couches and seating

- Using a splash of color here and there with paint, fabric or flooring

- Getting rid of clutter and opening up the space in your home

- Allowing in more natural light and update window treatments

- Organizing closets and storage

- Creating a special place in the garden as a retreat such as a water feature -- the sound of trickling water can be very therapeutic.

Source: Associated Press


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