These days you can't turn your head sideways without seeing someone or something talking about the real estate market. A lot of what I hear and read is just noise - someone talking about numbers at the national level; their argument isn't very well thought out, and it means nothing to an individual in Phoenix who is trying to sell. But sometimes I see something that makes a lot of sense, and this is one of those times.
The following article discusses some home improvement strategies for getting the most bang for your buck when trying to sell. The author makes a few good points about less sometimes being more, and about cleanliness being the most important thing (and it costs little or no money to do!) Give this a read, and feel free to call me if you want to discuss your specific scenario in person.
Read a PDF version of the article here.