Once someone outgrows their computer, simply because they need a better one for work or play, it doesn’t need to be a total loss. One option is to keep the old laptop as a spare, but if the new computer is more expensive, another option is to sell the old one for cash.

Unless the laptop is new, there are things that can be done to increase resale value. Below are four ways to make the most when reselling a laptop.

Back-up Files
A complete backup of all personal information on the computer needs to be performed. In fact, this is one of the most important things that need to be done before resell. File backup creates copies of important documents, programs, and even personal information that can be stored on another device or removable USB. There are a variety of programs that can be used. However, most laptops have built-in features to streamline the process.

Erase All Information
After backing up the information, all of the files stored on the laptop also need to be erased. This can be done by going into the recovery options. Here, it’s possible to reset the laptop to factory settings and “reset” all of the information as if it is new, out of the box. Simply, go to the settings, find updates and security, and choose recovery.

Install Windows OS
If the computer didn’t come with Windows installed, now’s the best time to re-install it. If the laptop came with a disk, simply follow the directions and install Windows. Keep in mind that the product is also needed to complete the installation.

Increase Speed
When it comes to selling a laptop, most people want to know that it works efficiently and quickly. While removing all of the files and resetting to factory settings does free up a lot of space, be sure that it has fast download speeds and starts up quickly as well.

The Takeaway
Selling an old laptop isn’t difficult, but it does take a little bit of advanced preparation. Make sure that the laptop is wiped clean of all personal information, in addition to being in mint working condition. Finally, take the time to clean the exterior as well as the keyboard to make it shine like new.