(NOTE: My tongue was planted firmly in my cheek when I wrote this article.)

Some say that the largest investment the average person will ever make is the purchase of a home. Here are 5 crazy, outlandish things you can do to increase the value of your home when it's time to downsize or move on.

It's important to note that, while not everyone can afford to go all-out on additions to their home, modifications to these ideas can make them more cost-effective, so just go with what your budget allows.

If you don't have enough yard to install any of these items, consider updating your kitchen and bathrooms, and have fresh-baked cookies just done when showing your home to potential buyers. Also, if it's after February but before November, take down the Christmas lights, that'll help, too.