There’s no time like the present to plan ahead. If you’re even thinking about selling your home early next year, there are a number of things you should do now to prepare.

Here are a few tips to get your home market-ready before colder temps set in.

Order professional photos of your home’s exterior now

Photos are often a buyer’s first impression. That’s why great photography is an essential part of the real estate marketing mix.

If you plan to list your home before next spring, you should have professional photos taken now while the landscape is still green and leafy. A scenic backdrop puts your home in the best possible light for buyers.

Tackle outdoor repairs

Warm weather makes it an ideal time to take care of home improvement projects like painting, roof repairs and replacing windows.

You also may want to consider getting a pre-listing home inspection so you are aware of any other necessary repairs – both indoors and outdoors – and have ample time to get them fixed.

Declutter and get organized

Most homes could stand a little decluttering – and that’s especially true before they hit the market.

Of course, schlepping boxes to the self-storage is a whole lot less fun when it’s bitter cold and there’s snow on the ground, so the sooner you get started the better.

Here are a few ways to declutter before you sell your home to ensure your property is in tip-top shape when it comes time to list.

Request a comparative market analysis (CMA)

Your broker can perform a CMA, which will give you an initial snapshot of your home’s value.

Keep in mind that pricing and market conditions can change between now and the time you list, but knowing where you stand today will be helpful in planning both your sale and your next purchase.

Written by Kelly Maguire