To get the most out of your home sale, you'll need to do your homework -- and work around your home. By the editors of Kiplinger's Personal Finance Updated January 2015 Here, we walk you through the steps to a successful sale -- from maximizing curb appeal to ensuring a smooth settlement.See Also: Buying & Selling a Home Spruce Up Your Home There's no second chance to make a good first impression. Here's how to put a fresh face on the ol' homestead. Seller's Checklist: Interior Print out this checklist to identify areas inside your home that need work prior to putting it on the market. Seller's Checklist: Exterior Use this checklist to help inspect your house from roof to foundation. Advertisement Should You go it Alone? If you live in a hot market, you may not have to pay an agent thousands of dollars to sell your house. Hire a Pro If you'd rather not spend the time or the effort selling the place yourself, here's how to find the best agent for you. Determining the Right Price Don't overprice or you'll scare away prospective buyers. Negotiating With Buyers Here's what to look for when the offers come rolling in. Advertisement What to Do Before Accepting a Buyer's Purchase Agreement Be sure to review these key areas beforehand. Preparing to Go to Settlement on a Home Most of the hard work is done by the buyer, but you'll still need to ride herd on the agents, lawyers and title clerks. What You Should Bring to Closing Before you go to closing, you'll need to have these six documents prepared beforehand.