I really liked Nick Pappas' recent post on selling "As Is". http://on.trulia.com/1umHKm8
Reading it gave me a "lightening bolt" moment: What will NOT DOING REASONABLE FIXES and "spiffing up" wind up COSTING YOU in the end? A smart business woman that I know spent $15,000 to get her $800,000 dollar house on the market. She hated spending the $15K, but she did what she had to do. Her house sold within a month for 97% of asking price!
**The houses that start bidding wars are the move in ready, HGTV pretty ones. If your kitchen is 15 years old and your bathrooms still have pink tile from the 1960's, don't remodel--adjust the price. But never underestimate the value of a little fresh paint, a new shower curtain, some plush, fluffy white towels and pretty plantings by the front door. I give all my sellers Starr Osbourne's classic Do It Yourself book Home Staging That Works. http://amzn.to/UxRwRH I tell them "This book will make you $10,000!"Starr gives you specific recommendations on what to do, keep, chuck, fix, paint, replace, avoid, update, show, hide, highlight, and more. The HARD TRUTH HERE: IF YOU DON'T THROW STUFF AWAY, MAKE REPAIRS and CLEAN UP THE LANDSCAPE, YOU WILL LOSE as much as $40,000. or EVEN MORE!