Listing a house for sale is a very emotional decision. Selling a house can also be an exciting time as it’s a chance to move onto a new adventure. Make the entire process less stressful by following this handy guide on how to get the most out of the selling process.

1. Choose a real estate agent carefully.
The real estate agent is perhaps the most important person, other than the seller and buyer, to be involved in the selling process. Ask for recommendations from friends and do research before settling on which agent to hire.

2. Prep and stage the home prior to listing.
The first impression buyers will get is the one they receive from the listing pictures. Ensuring that the home is clean, bright, and fresh prior to listing photos being taken will put the home’s best foot forward. Remove clutter and photographs, minimize bulky furniture, open curtains, and make sure the floors are sparkling clean.

3. Curb appeal is key.
Many potential buyers perform a drive-by of the home prior to scheduling a showing. Spruce the front of the home up by mowing the lawn, planting flowers, touching up paint, and making sure the house number is visible from the street.

4. Practice proper open house etiquette.
An open house is a great way to get many buyers through the home at one time. Do a thorough cleaning of the entire home prior to the open house, put out fresh towels, light candles, and lock up any animals. Also, keep any valuables out of the house and password-lock all computers during an open house.

5. Be prepared for inspections and appraisals.
Many factors go into the sale of a home, including inspections and appraisals. Prepare for the possibility that buyers may request minor repairs to be made after the home inspection is completed. Have a real estate agent present during the appraisal to point out the positive aspects of the home.

6. Take a moment to say goodbye.
It’s important to take a look around and remember the good times that were had at the home before moving onto the next chapter. Consider throwing a farewell party before moving to celebrate the adventures ahead, while also reflecting on the past.