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Editor's note: Robert Bruss is temporarily away. The following column from Bruss' "Best of" collection first appeared Sunday, March 19, 2006. Spring is traditionally the best time of year to sell your house or condominium. The reason is that March through June is the peak home sales season when the largest numbers of prospective buyers are in the market place. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. HOW TO SELL YOUR HOME FOR TOP DOLLAR. If you are thinking about selling your house or condo, this is the best time of year to do so. However, a successful home sale requires preparation and planning. The first step is to get your residence into near "model home" condition. That means cleaning, repairing and painting. But don't go overboard with renovations. Let your buyers remodel to their taste. Most home improvements rarely bring in as much in additional sales price as they cost. However, modest-cost cosmetic improvements usually pay off. Profitable examples include fresh paint inside and out...