A lot of real estate advice online is aimed at first-time home buyers. But what about when those first-time home buyers eventually decide to sell their homes? Selling a home for the first time is often just as complicated and stressful as buying a home. Luckily, there are steps you can take to make the process much easier.

Here are three home-selling tips for your first time selling a home.

Choose Your Real Estate Agent Carefully

The most important step in selling a home for the maximum price is to hire the right real estate agent. Since many real estate agents specialize in representing either sellers or buyers, this may not necessarily be the same real estate agent who helped you buy the home.

You want a real estate agent who thoroughly understands the local market, is great at staging and marketing homes to sell to the best buyers, and is confident about how to price your home. Feel free to meet with more than one real estate agent before you choose the one who feels like the best fit.

Begin the Clean-Up Process

Once you hire a real estate agent, your home may be listed quickly which means you need to get ready for the photographer and for showings. Spend some time decluttering your home and donating unwanted items to charity. Consider hiring a cleaning company to give your home a deep cleaning.

Your real estate agent will likely hire a staging company to rearrange your home to be as appealing as possible. It's also a good idea to put away personal items, like framed family photos, to make it easier for buyers to imagine themselves living in your home.

Make Any Needed Repairs

If your home is in need of repairs, go ahead and make these before you list the home. This will not only help your home sell for a higher price but will also make the selling process go more quickly. Your prospective buyers will likely ask for an inspection, and if the inspector finds repairs are needed this will lead to delays and possibly risk the sale of your home. Be proactive and leave your home in an ideal state for new buyers.

Selling a home for the first time doesn't have to be difficult. By working with the right real estate agent and following the tips in this article, you will be off to a great start.