Are You Ready to Sell Napa Valley Real Estate or Other Property Nearby?

Here are a Few Tips to Get You on your Way:


Contact a Realtor

To discuss the market conditions. The real estate market fluctuates based on supply and demand, interest rates, economic conditions, and other factors.


Tax implications

Determine if there are tax implications involved in selling your home. It is always best to discuss your home’s sale with a tax professional who can advise you on the tax benefits or consequences of the sale.


Timing is everything

Considering another purchase? Relocating? There are many factors to consider when choosing the best time to put a home on the market. If you’re making a purchase, knowing what sale price to expect will often set parameters for your new search.


Find a Local Realtor

Work with a Local Realtor that has intimate knowledge of the market and the resources and tools to effectively market and sell your home. With Napa Valley real estate, you want an experienced team at your side.


Pre-list inspections

Consider pre-listing inspections to see the true condition of any Napa Valley real estate property. We recommend a termite inspection, roof inspection, and sometimes a chimney inspection. Your Realtor can assist you in coordinating the inspectors to obtain the reports.


Comparative Market Analysis

To establish value, your Realtor will likely prepare a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) which will outline the information on recent comparable sales of like kind properties and/or properties in your neighborhood.


Prepare your home for sale

You only get one chance to make a first impression. Your first showing will usually be on the internet with the buyers searching online and viewing the photos and property details. Make sure your photographs accurately depict your home and showcase important features.


Take an impartial look at your home

Make repairs to correctable flaws. This could be something as small as replacing a burnt out light bulb, to paint touch up, to pulling out old landscaping. Ask your realtor before making major renovations.


Clean out the clutter!

Buyers will look in your closets and cabinets; make sure these areas are accessible and tidy. Fold towels and linens nicely, box up items that are seasonal or that you are not using. Make your Napa Valley real estate property shine!


Housekeeping is important

This can be a difficult task when you are living in the home and sometimes with children, guests, or pets. Consider the services of a house cleaner periodically during the listing period; your Realtor may be able to assist you in coordinating someone to come in every one to two weeks to keep the home in tip top shape!


Clean your windows

Window cleaning falls into the housekeeping category as well. If you are marketing your home outside of the rainy season, have someone thoroughly clean your windows and screens. This is essential for Napa Valley real estate since often, the outdoor spaces are major attractions.


Landscaping and curb appeal

Maintain the upkeep of your existing landscaping which is very important for buyers; a fresh layer of bark can be an affordable and attractive update, as well as filling in any potted plants with seasonal flowers or drought tolerant plants. Spruce up your patio or driveway with pressure washing if needed. Make your entry inviting with a new door mat.

Showing your home?

When showing your home here are a few considerations that people do not always think of:

  • Do not cook anything that has a powerful odor
  • Do not use the shower immediately prior to a showing, it can leave a musty smell
  • Put dishes away and leave sink cleared out
  • Put the toilet seats down
  • Empty garbage cans (or place in stored area)
  • If you have pets, clean up any land mines in the yard and/or the kitty box
  • If you do not want a door locked, leave the agents a clearly written note, taped to the door
  • If you do not want pets in or out, leave the agents a note
  • If you are leaving for the showing, turn on lights and open blinds, turn on music if you wish
  • Put your valuables and prescription medications away
  • Clear off photos and/or notes on your refrigerator
  • Minimize personal photos throughout the home, you want the buyer to see your house and not be distracted by photographs
  • If your landscaping is on an automatic timer, do not set it for a time when someone may be showing the house.

If you are considering selling Napa Valley real estate, we would love to chat with you and demonstrate the unique differences in working with Connie and Jamie!

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