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It’s a big decision and quite possibly involves the most expensive thing you will ever sell. Put simply, the thought process when it comes to selling your home is extensive, and decisions should not be taken lightly.

To help you along your way, we’ve rounded up five different pages that should play a big part in this process. All of them should be consulted before you even contact a real estate agent – to make sure you understand the true ins and outs of what is involved when selling your home.

How to stage your home room by room (The Advisory)

It sounds utterly 'forced' and in many ways, it is. Like it or not, staging is here to stay though, and it should be done long before the real estate agent enters your home.

This guide from The Advisory is one of the best we have seen on the subject. It looks at things from a room-by-room perspective, showing how you should arrange items and accessorize to make your home much more appealing.

Bonus: Avas Flowers have put together some good examples on how you can stage with flowers. Avas Flowers are one of the more established national florists in the country, and the Avas Flowers Pinterest page is full of inspiration to help you stage with flowers specifically.

How to value your home (Nerd Wallet)

Ultimately, it is going to be the real estate agent who carries this task out for you. However ,you want a ballpark figure.

You’ll soon find that different estate agents have different values in mind. Some will always lowball, while others will do the opposite. If you can find out how to value your home yourself, with the help of this page from Nerd Wallet, you will rest a lot easier knowing that your chosen real estate agent has opted for a logical figure.

23 ways to boost curb appeal (BHG)

We’re quite sure you’ve already heard about curb appeal (you will definitely have if you have already spoken to a real estate agent). For those that haven’t, the link above will clarify things, but it’s all about satisfying a buyer’s first impressions as soon as they set eyes on a property.

There are all sorts of tips and tricks on this page from BHG; some might be out of your budget, but there are also some which are great if you are trying to cut costs during your move.

7 hidden costs of selling your home (CNBC)

Think you’re ready to take the plunge? Take a read of this guide first. The guys at CNBC have put together seven so-called hidden costs that tend to crop up when people sell their home.

Quite often, most people regard this as an easy way to receive money. As it turns out, the amount of money they receive from their house sale is much lower than what they were initially expecting.

How to find the right real estate agent for you (The Balance)

Finally - let's get to the crunch. You've done all of the above legwork and your final task is to get someone to sell your property on your behalf.

There are all sorts of links out there on the internet which supposedly tell you how to do this, but many of these are written by agents themselves. This page from The Balance is as unbiased as it comes and should help you make your decision without the noise.

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