First-Time Home Seller Tips: Maximize the Value of Your California House

by Ghodsi Emambakhsh 01/21/2020

Ready to sell a California home for the first time? Doing so may seem like a major struggle. However, we're here to help you add your house to the Golden State real estate market and maximize your residence's value.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help a first-time home seller list a Golden State residence and get the best price for it.

1. Clean Your Home Both Inside and Out

Let's face it – no homebuyer wants to purchase a messy, clutter-filled house. Fortunately, a first-time California home seller can quickly and effortlessly clean a house to boost the property's value.

Spend some time removing clutter from a house. If necessary, you can always host a yard sale or donate excess items to charity. And by doing so, you may be able to reduce the amount of clutter in your home without delay.

Furthermore, don't forget to trim the hedges, mow the lawn and perform assorted home exterior maintenance. With a dazzling home exterior, homebuyers will be drawn to your residence as soon as it hits the real estate market, increasing the likelihood that you'll receive multiple offers at or above your home's initial asking price.

2. Complete a Home Appraisal

A home appraisal offers a valuable learning opportunity, particularly for a first-time California home seller. This appraisal enables a property inspector to evaluate a residence, and as such, can help a home seller identify a house's strengths and weaknesses.

During a home appraisal, a property inspector will conduct an in-depth examination of a residence's interior and exterior. At the appraisal's completion, the inspector will provide a homeowner with a report that details his or her findings.

A home appraisal report can make a world of difference to a home seller who wants to optimize the value of a residence. This report offers tremendous insights into a house's condition and can help a home seller prioritize myriad home improvement projects.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

When it comes to selling a Golden State house for the first time, there is no need to navigate the property selling journey alone. Luckily, many real estate agents are available across California who are happy to help first-time home sellers in any way possible.

Typically, a real estate agent will help a first-time home seller take the guesswork out of the property selling journey. This housing market professional will meet with a home seller, learn about his or her goals and help this individual map out the property selling journey accordingly.

A real estate agent also will go the extra mile to help a home seller get the best price for his or her California residence. This housing market professional will promote a home to large groups of potential property buyers, set up home showings and open houses and much more. That way, a home seller can seamlessly navigate the property selling cycle.

Don't leave anything to chance as you prepare to list your California home – use the aforementioned tips, and a first-time home seller can enjoy a memorable property selling experience.

About the Author

Ghodsi Emambakhsh

Experience the difference - personal ties and relationships turn a property into a home. Warm, professional relationships are a hallmark of the Compass experience, and my clients often remark on the quality of my carefully chosen network of financial, legal, logistical and other specialists. The high-quality network that I have fostered extends beyond the Bay Area to an international audience of potential home buyers and sellers through the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and the firm's luxury home division known as Luxury Portfolio. My personal network combined with Compass market tenure and brand identity gives my clients a distinct advantage when buying or selling a home. My relationships open the door for my clients to be at home anywhere. Where people, homes, opportunity and a bit of imagination intersect, you'll find me at Compass.