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Adding floor lamps near the beds in the master and guest rooms gave us a more inviting look. Rather than pay full price, we saved money by picking up good-condition lamp bases at a couple of different thrift stores in our area. Snazzy new discount shades were purchased at Ross and Walmart. Since I didn’t want to splurge on full sets of bed linens, I chose a larger bed spread in a neutral tone for the spare bedroom.

This purchase was less than $30 and let me skip the cost of a bed ruffle and additional full-sized sham pillows. A light taupe blanket dressed the king-sized master bed at a comparable cost, although a similarly-colored dust ruffle was required in that instance. Four small, inexpensive throw pillows completed the expenditure for both rooms.

Getting your home ready for sale in order to follow your travel dreams doesn’t have to run your trip budget off the rails. Precision purchases and a little elbow grease will go a long way towards showcasing your house for potential buyers.

Theriault is a best-selling author, avid traveler and a veteran in the field of international teaching.

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