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Enhance with plants

Plastic flowers and dead plants are obvious no-nos. However, fresh flowers and vibrant plants can have a pleasant and calming effect on the home environment.

"It's a trick often used for very high-end homes," said Kruger. "It's inexpensive and highly effective." Just be sure those flowers are alive by debuting new arrangements before showings.

"Avoid flowers like lilies that have a strong odor and produce a lot of pollen," Kruger said. "The last thing you want is a potential buyer having an allergy attack."

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