Kimberly Maffia’s Ultimate Guide to Selling Your Home in Sebastopol, CA

Kimberly Maffia’s Ultimate Guide to Selling Your Home in Sebastopol, CA

  • Kimberly Maffia
  • 05/10/23

Sebastopol is a small, beautiful city in California’s Sonoma County. It was once a prime growing region for apples and plums but is known for producing grapes today. In addition to the vineyards, Sebastopol is home to The Barlow, a chic strip mall with fine-dining restaurants, wine-tasting rooms, and art galleries. It is one of the favorite destinations in wine country. There are many homes for sale in Sebastopol, CA, most are luxury properties. If you have a property for sale in this gorgeous community, realtor Kimberly Maffia has the guide to do it right.

Create a timeline

Whether you have a house or land for sale in Sebastopol, CA, the selling process is long and involved. It can take four or more months, with plenty of planning time. Before you begin prepping your home, create a timeline of each step and when you plan to complete them. Write it down and keep it detailed and organized. You can then stay on the path and check off each step as you complete it. Overlooking a step or doing one incorrectly can ruin a potential sale. A timeline should include these steps:

  • Have your home professionally inspected
  • Interview realtors and hire the one you like best
  • Declutter and depersonalize
  • Have repairs or renovations done
  • Thoroughly clean your home
  • Have your house staged
  • Have professional photos taken
  • Schedule the inspection 2-3 months before you plan to sell your home. The rest of the steps should be performed a month ahead of time. 

Hire a professional inspector

An inspection before putting your home on the market is not a necessity, but it has many benefits. A professional inspector is worth the cost as they will find any structural or other problems with your house that could put off a buyer, who will certainly have an inspection of their own.

Your inspection will let you get ahead of things. You make any necessary repairs before showing your home to potential buyers. If there are minor problems, you may opt not to have them fixed, but you can at least make buyers aware of them. You may also be able to fold some of the cost of repairs into your asking price.

Hire an experienced realtor

No matter how well organized you are, selling your house alone is just asking for trouble. Just as you have a doctor, a lawyer, a mechanic, and other expert professionals to do things you can’t do as well, a realtor is invaluable to the selling process. Real estate agents have been through the process many times. They know how to avoid potential pitfalls and come up with solutions for unforeseen problems. Realtors have networks of other professionals to help with every other sale aspect. Be sure to choose an agent that knows your market. Kimberly Maffia is an experienced local agent who knows the ins and outs of homes for sale in Sebastopol, CA. The expertise you gain from an agent will help you make your sale with far less stress.

Set a price

Setting a price can be tricky, and you want to do it right. Naturally, you want to get as much as possible from your home sale. However, if you set your asking price too high, you may scare off many potential buyers, and selling your home could take a long time.

Likewise, you don’t want to undervalue your home and shortchange yourself. Some research will show you what homes similar to yours are selling for in your area. The current state of the market is another factor, as it may be slanted toward sellers or buyers. Your realtor will be a huge help in determining what to ask for your home and negotiating when offers start coming in.

Clean, declutter, and depersonalize

When people come to look at your home, you want them to fall in love with it. Needless to say, it needs to be clean. You will want to do a thorough and deep cleaning. Include everything from top to bottom. Walls, moldings, doors, and windows should be squeaky clean. Don’t neglect the ceiling. Polish up those hardwood floors and have your carpets cleaned. Scrub bathrooms and kitchen and clean up closets and other storage spaces.

Remove any excess belongings that clutter up the rooms and make them look small. You can put them in storage, sell, donate, or throw them out. It’s also a good idea to store personal photos and mementos. You want prospective buyers to see themselves living there, not your house. These steps can make a big difference.

Stage your home and get professional photos

You may fancy yourself a decorate and may well have done a good job designing your home's interior. However, staging a house for showings is a different process and requires a special skill set. Hire a professional stager to get your home ready to show. Photos are also important to put on a website and attract buyers. Videos can also be very helpful. A picture is worth a thousand words, so make sure yours have a positive impact. Your realtor will certainly have stagers and photographers they can refer you to. You’ve worked hard to get to this stage. Don’t drop the ball now.

Selling your Sebastopol, CA, home is a multistep process that can be challenging and stressful. Avoid anxiety by doing it right. Follow this guide and contact Kimberly Maffia for a realtor with the skill, expertise, and knowledge of the area to get you through the selling process to a successful transaction.

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