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10 Things you Should Do Before Listing your Home This Fall

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It’s the end of July and you really don’t want to start thinking about fall yet. You still have summer to enjoy and it feels like it is flying by again. However, if you plan on putting your house on the market this fall, you need to start thinking about it now. You will need the next three months to make the little repairs and changes around your home that your realtor suggests. Not everyone chooses to put money into their home before listing it, but it can help you sell your home faster and get the price you want. Especially if there are other houses in your neighborhood that go on the market around the same time. There are always repairs to be done and money to be spent, but you don’t have the resources to do it all. Here are the 10 things that realtors feel you should repair around your home before listing it. You can start with low cost tasks like decluttering. If you have a large amount of clutter to get rid of, consider renting a dumpster to make it easier. Then you can move onto bigger projects if needed. Try DIY projects like paint and wallpaper removal or hire an election to update electrical features around the home likes fans and light fixtures. Other things you can tackle yourself include curb appeal and giving your home a deep clean when all other repairs are done. Don’t try to tackle everything at once. Start on your projects right now so you aren’t rushing to get your home on the market this fall.

We surveyed some real estate agents to find out which repairs they tell their clients to make more often. Here are their top recommendations. Some home sellers get more attached to their homes after they’ve fixed them up for sale. They wonder why they didn’t make the repairs years ago. But how much is enough to invest to ensure a quick sale?

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