Question: How Can I Prepare My Home for Sale on a Budget?

A reader asks: "Our REALTOR® says we have enough equity in our home to make a small profit after selling (thank God), but he wants us to prepare the home for sale. He's got some pretty grand ideas of what we should do to make it more attractive to buyers, but the truth is we don't have enough money saved up to do everything he wants. He says the carpeting is dirty and should be replaced. Our kitchen counters have older tile, and he suggests we put in granite. Plus, he wants us to paint the entire house. My husband and I have about $3,000 to spend, and that's it. How can I prepare my home for sale on a budget?"