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According to DIYNetwork.com a bright new coat of paint and an eye-catching door knob can punch up the design of the front of your house. A can of exterior paint will cost you no more than $30 a gallon and painting your front door can add some needed brightness if you pick a bold color that makes your house stick out. Meanwhile, you have endless options and price ranges for a new door knob. Try one with cameras or numerical codes, or if you’re seeking a low-tech option, just update the color from a dated, too shiny color to a dark, oil-rubbed metal.

 

Real estate

 

Not sure how much home you can afford? According to realtor.com, one way to figure this out is to follow the 28-36 rule.

 

The “28” in the ratio refers to your monthly housing payment (your mortgage plus home insurance and property taxes). The total of which shouldn’t be more than 28% of your gross (before taxes) monthly income. For example, if your gross monthly income is $5,000, you would multiply that by 0.28 (28 percent), which equals $1,400. That number is the recommended maximum amount your monthly housing payment should be.

 

The “36” refers to your debt-to-income ratio. This ratio compares your debt to your income. This ratio should be “no more than 36 percent. Experts warn that going past this threshold is a risky as you could end up with a house that, over time, drives you even deeper into debt as you pay for maintenance and repairs.

 

Cleaning

 

Make your house smell great with DIY potpourri.

 

Sometimes making your house smell great is just a matter of raiding the spice cabinet and fruit bowl. Take for instance www.cleanmyspace.com's DIY potpourri. First you take slices of fruit such as grapefruit, oranges or apples, add as well as various herbs — ground cinnamon or a cinnamon stick, rosemary, thyme, nutmeg. Then add to a small saucepan along with a cup or so of water. Bring to a boil, then let simmer on low for hours. Add more water as needed to keep the liquid from boiling away. It can even be reused. After the mixture has cooled, pour it into a mason jar and store it in the fridge. Reheat on stove a few times as needed.