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The housing market is starting to heat up again and that means many of us are considering putting our houses up for sale.

But experts say there are common errors that many people make that will likely influence how quickly your home is sold – and how much it goes for.

Selling a home is painstaking and, at times, a difficult process.

So experts say don’t make it harder on yourself by getting in your own way.

The real estate website Trulia put together these tips on how to make your home sale easier and more efficient.

Don’t sell it yourself: Experts say to hire a professional to sell your home.

Those who hire a professional sell their homes faster and get more.

Do your research: Do your research, know the market, and know what similar houses have sold for around you to determine your asking price.

Overlooking repairs: Do the fixing up that is necessary before you put your house on the market. It will cost you less in the end to fix them ahead of time.

Either being too cluttered or empty: Experts say clutter is one of the least expensive improvements you can make to your home. Show the spaciousness by cleaning out the closets and clearing off the counters.

But experts also say don’t sell your house empty. Have it professionally staged instead, if you can’t keep your furniture in there.

These experts say there are some of the most common and most avoidable mistakes.

Many of the tips translate into a much higher bottom line for you when you sell.