Angela Delise here with Century 21 scheetz and Carmel Home Living. Many folks are interested in taking advantage of the seller's market that we are in before it's over. In this video I'm going to provide you with some information and tips on things that you should be thinking about and or doing as you begin the process of selling your home.

The first thing I'm going to recommend that you do is talk to a realtor. You don't have to sign anything, or make any commitments but the knowledge, advice, and support that an agent is going to provide to you is crucial to your success; they are going to be able to come in with local market data and also give you a list of instructions that are specific to getting your house sold, quickly.

The second thing I'm going to recommend you do is declutter. Moving is a great time to purge so have a garage sale, get rid of the stuff that you don't need anymore. Your house is going to show best if it looks lived-in but not too lived in, so keep some furniture and the pretty things and store the rest of it away. The third thing that I’m going to recommend that you do is finnish any outstanding projects that you have going on around the house. So if it’s a DIY, go ahead and get it done. If it's something that you need to hire out, talk to your agent. You agent is going to be able to provide you with the referrals you might need in order to get the right person in there be the in person for the job at the right price.

The next thing I'm going to recommend that you do is a pre-listing inspection. As you may know once you’re under contract with a buyer they’re going to conduct their own inspection and what you don't want to happen is for that report to come back full of surprizes. Things that you didn't know were wrong with your house that you now have to deal with and they are going to be expensive. Not everybody wants to spend the money up front on a pre-listing inspection for an average size home it's roughly $400 but it is definitely money well spent because it can save you the trouble and headache and money, down the road. Getting those repairs done prior to listing your home is much easier and much more economical than doing it once you're under contract.

The forth tip that I have for you is the most basic and that is, clean your house. A good old-fashioned deep clean is necessary before you list your home. And that’s everything from washing the walls, baseboards and windows to cleaning your vents and ceiling fans. Having those carpets professionally cleaned.

You also need to address the curb appeal on the exterior, so pulling weeds and removing leaves, cut the grass and trim the trees away from the house, trim the bushes. You might need to do some painting on the outside as well, doors and trim and then last but not least, add some color. Flowers are always a nice touch and if it's in the winter decorate for the holidays.

So there you have it. From a local realtor, five tips on getting the process started to sell your home for top dollar.