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How to Sell Your Home for Top Dollar

Napa realtor Joe Brasil with SOLD sign in cartoon art

For some people, owning Napa real estate is the ultimate dream. And it’s not hard to see why – Napa is a paradise that boasts gorgeous panoramic views, a laidback lifestyle, a warm and welcoming community of residents, and of course – an unparalleled variety of amazing wines that attract countless visitors and new residents from all over the world.

Indeed, owning a home in Napa is a lifelong dream come true, not only for wine connoisseurs but for anyone looking forward to a rich and rewarding lifestyle.

For home sellers, however, it doesn’t necessarily mean all homes in Napa automatically sell themselves. The Napa Valley real estate market is very different compared to most other real estate markets throughout the country, which is why you need to gather as much information as you can before you put your house on the market.

Creating a well-designed strategy and working with a real estate agent who specializes in Napa real estate will help you make the best, most well-informed decisions that will increase the likelihood of landing a top-dollar offer for your Napa home.

To help you start, here are several tips to keep in mind when preparing a home for sale in Napa.

Spruce up your home’s curb appeal

Making a great first impression is key when you’re trying to sell a property in Napa. The Napa real estate market is often crowded, so making a good impression right off the bat may just be the difference between ending up with a quick sale or a listing that stays on for an extended amount of time.

The best way to make sure your home immediately makes a positive impact on prospective buyers is to enhance its curb appeal. The good news is, you don’t need to spend too much time or money to improve your home’s curb appeal. Here are a few simple yet effective tips that can improve your home’s curb appeal:

  • Get in touch with me so I can accompany you as you walk around the outside of your home and note down anything that needs improvement.
  • Make sure your lawn is freshly mowed and looks neat and presentable. Get rid of clutter such as garden tools or children’s toys.
  • Adding flower boxes to your front porch or your windows is an easy and affordable project that can add more vibrant colors that enhances your home’s curb appeal.
  • Make sure all sidewalks, walkways, and hardscape areas surrounding your home are clean and free of obstacles.
  • Installing new light fixtures can update the look of your exteriors and amplify your curb appeal. I can help you with the selection of these.
  • Replacing your current mailbox and/or house numbers with brand new ones is a quick and easy project that will show buyers you care about even the smallest details.

Highlight your home’s unique features

When you’re selling a property in an often-crowded market like Napa, you need to make sure it stands out. And the best way to do that is to highlight all of its unique features.

As an experienced real estate agent, you can rely on my extensive knowledge of all of the latest trends. I will know exactly what buyers are searching for, and will help you identify all of the things you need and will highlight all of these in your listing description, photos, and other marketing materials.

“Sell” your neighborhood

In a busy real estate market such as Napa, simply promoting a home itself will not be enough. You need to go above and beyond to sell the neighborhood it’s located in as well.

The great thing about Napa Valley is that it’s filled with outstanding neighborhoods that all have a distinct character and charm. Neighborhoods like Soda Canyon and Atlas Peak, for example, are known to have excellent soil quality, perfect for those planning a small vineyard. Other notable communities include Silverado Country Club, which offers the quintessential Napa Valley lifestyle, and Browns Valley, which is very ideal for young families.

Remember that Napa home buyers each have their own idea of what living in Napa will be like. Whether they’re enticed by the world-class vineyards and tasting rooms, the expansive outdoor spaces, the charming local boutiques, or the vibrant arts and culture venues, it’ll be up to you to fill in the details. And this can be accomplished by highlighting the unique aspects of your neighborhood and painting a complete picture of the type of lifestyle it offers.

Set the right price

In a dynamic real estate market such as Napa, setting the right asking price for a home can be somewhat challenging. A great way to figure out the right dollar figure is to use recent sale prices of comparable homes within your neighborhood as a reference.

I will assist you in collecting these “comps,” and will provide you with a fair value for you to consider. If you want to do some research on your own before you discuss pricing, however, you’ll be able to find data on recent sales on online real estate resources such as Zillow.

When figuring out an ideal price point, one of the biggest mistakes to avoid is overpricing your home. Again, you’re selling a home in a competitive market, so by setting a price that’s higher than what it should be, you’re only helping other competing sellers in your area.

If you’re confident that what you’re asking for is a fair amount, however, avoid getting into a price war with your neighbor. The smart move is to simply justify all of the reasons why your home is worth more than another, lower-priced home. If you’ve completed major upgrades, for example, I will make sure to highlight them. Most buyers won’t know that a remodeled patio is a $5,000-plus upgrade unless I point it out.

Offer easy access to your home

Being prepared to show your home quickly is always a smart move, especially if there are a number of homes that are also for sale in your neighborhood.

In general, neighborhoods that have multiple listings also have a higher amount of impulse house showings. Prospective buyers may have overlooked your home when looking at listings online. In case they head to your neighborhood to check out another available property, they might see the “for sale” sign in your yard and request a showing from their agent.

While expecting some type of notice before people show up at your property is entirely reasonable, try to stay flexible by not making potential buyers jump through hoops just so they can see your property. Severely restricting your home’s availability is never a good idea, as doing so might cost you a prospect.

Stage your home

When you’re putting your home on the market, you want it to appear as inviting and welcoming as possible for every potential buyer who walks through the door. This is where home staging comes in.

Home staging is designed to highlight your home’s best features and make it easier for buyers to imagine themselves living there. When done right, you won’t have any problems getting a top-dollar offer.

While there are many different approaches to home staging, taking the right steps by working closely with your agent, and staying updated on what buyers are searching for will help you maximize your home’s potential.

Here’s what you should keep in mind when staging your home:

  • Stage with a strategy – Focus your efforts only on rooms that have the biggest potential to impact a buyer’s decision, like the kitchen, living room, and master bedroom. Avoid spending too much time and money on ones that won’t have that much of a difference.
  • Depersonalize – When it comes to home staging, one of the main goals is to help potential buyers visualize the home as their own. The best way to do this is to depersonalize, which essentially gives them a “blank canvas” to work with. While you still want your home to exude some style and charm, make sure it’s free of any personal touches or ostentatious décor that might overwhelm the buyer.
  • Clean, clean, and then clean some more – You want every inch of your home to look pristine. A home that’s spotless and squeaky clean shows buyers that the current tenants have taken excellent care of it. If it’s been a while since you’ve tackled certain tasks such as scrubbing your kitchen tiles or vacuuming under your sofa, now is the right time to do them.
  • Stick with neutral colors – Vibrant colors on walls are a great way to inject some of your personality into your home, but it can be a huge turn-off for some buyers. If you’re repainting some of your walls, go with neutral shades such as gray, beige, white, or taupe. Bright colors can draw attention away from a room’s features, and like personal belongings, can make it more difficult for buyers to imagine themselves living there. While it’s true that some buyers might prefer bold colors for their home, they still have the option to paint over neutral-colored walls if they do decide to purchase.

Use creative ways to generate buyer interest

You want to make use of every advantage available when you’re trying to sell a home in a dynamic market like Napa. This is why it’s important that we stay on our toes at all times by continuously rethinking our selling strategy and making adjustments as necessary.

One thing we could do is to rewrite your marketing materials or add new listing photos every few weeks or so. The idea behind this is to keep our listing “fresh,” since buyers regularly browse through online listings during their search. Even if they’ve already seen your home before, the new description or photo appearing on your listing’s gallery might grab their attention once again.

I will gather feedback from any visitors who did not place an offer as well. This will give us some insight into how your home compares with other properties on the market, which allows us to make key adjustments that may boost your home’s potential.

Featured Properties in Napa, CA

In this section, we’ll take a look at two of our featured properties in Napa today and see how some of the tips mentioned above were used to maximize the selling potential of each listing.

4088 Sutro Drive, Napa, CA 94558

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This stunning Craftsman estate takes full advantage of its scenic Browns Valley countryside location by highlighting the relaxing views in its listing photos and listing description.

Showcasing the views from the estate’s oversized east-facing glass windows and spacious and sunny terrace instantly anchors prospective buyers to the home’s prime location, creating images of a relaxing lifestyle amidst breathtaking panoramic scenery.

The home’s exceptional curb appeal is highlighted in the photos as well, which puts its elegant exteriors, manicured lawns, and inviting walkways front and center.

3282 Hagen Road, Napa, CA 94558

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Nestled in the picturesque East Napa countryside, this majestic 3-bedroom/3-bathroom farmhouse estate is ideal for buyers looking forward to an unparalleled lifestyle in the heart of wine country.

The home’s most unique feature is its one-of-a-kind location on a 7.81-acre organic parcel of land within the Coombsville AVA, which gives its future homeowners an opportunity to plant their own vineyard or create an additional orchard. The listing does a superb job of highlighting this through an extensive collection of crisp, high-definition photos, which includes a gorgeous bird’s eye view of the entire property.

In addition to showcasing its terrific location, the home is staged wonderfully as well. Browse through the listing photos and you’ll get a glimpse of its bright, airy, and light-filled interiors enhanced by rustic yet sophisticated details. Every room has a clear purpose and identity, and all of the spaces are clutter-free and look very inviting, which makes it easy for viewers to imagine themselves living there. All interior photos are captured beautifully using angles that give viewers a great sense of space.

If you’re looking to get a top-dollar offer for your Napa home, I’m here to help you enjoy a smooth and stress-free process towards your real estate goals. As a Napa Valley resident and a top-ranking Realtor in the area, I have a wealth of experience handling different real estate transactions throughout the Napa Valley wine region, allowing me to provide an unparalleled level of service for every client.

Get in touch with me today to discuss your real estate goals! Simply call 707.319.1887 or send me an email at joe(at)ownnapa(dotted)com

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