Home ownership lessons from Hollywood, curb appeal, Psycho
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Psycho (1960)

Motel owner Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) lives in a run-down old house (a mansard-roofed Second Empire) with his overbearing "mother." After a motel guest disappears, a private detective who's looking for her gets suspicious and noses around the creepy Bates home in search of evidence.

Moral: People don't tend to snoop around houses that look lived in. Clean windows, a fresh coat of paint, and trimmed hedges can improve a home's curb appeal and deter intruders.
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