5 Things to Check before Listing Your Santa Cruz Beach Home for Sale

Don't forget to take care of these 5 fixes when you sell your Santa Cruz CA beach home!

5 Things to Check before Listing Your Santa Cruz Beach Home for Sale

Having your home inspected by a real estate professional before listing your beach homes for sale in Santa Cruz is one of the best preparations any home seller can make. As a seller, you will want to get the best value for your home and avoid any surprise repairs that could get in the way of a smooth sale.  Here are 5 things that must be checked before putting your home on the market.

Here are 5 must-do's before selling your Santa Cruz beach home.

Electrical Systems

Make sure that your home’s breaker panel, circuits, GFCIs, AFCIs, outlets, and switches are in good working condition. Replace any burnt out light bulbs with new ones. If you need to replace or install new light bulbs, you may want to consider using LED lights. Energy efficiency is always appealing to any buyer.


If you notice anything odd about your home’s HVAC such as loud noises, unstable thermostat, and unpleasant odors, it is time to seek assistance from a professional tune-up service. Even if you think that your home’s HVAC system is working just fine, it is still a good idea to have a professional check your systems to make sure that the filters are clean and that they are still energy efficient.


Finding windows with broken seals isn’t an uncommon find in a home inspection. The repair for window seals is quick and inexpensive, so you might as well make the investment. Other things that you should check are if you can freely open and close the windows, if there are no cracks on the glass and if the panes are free from fog.


Deep cracks in the walls, water damage, uneven flooring, warped ceilings, and improperly fitting doors and windows are signs that you need to have your home’s foundation checked. Relatively minor damage might just be the surface of a bigger underlying issue, so pay attention to even the small signs of foundation damage. Attending to these issues right away will save you from bigger and more costly repairs.


One of your goals is for buyers to see the potential of your beach house for sale in Santa Cruz CA.  When buyers see a poorly maintained home, instead of achieving your goal, they see the potential costs that go with bringing the home back to pristine condition. You are lucky if buyers take their time to have a good look at your home.  Some buyers do not hesitate to head over the next house on their list if they see that your home is not worth their time. As a seller, you would like to leave a great impression to buyers who view your home, so always keep your home clean, organized, and well-maintained.

Before you put up the “For Sale” sign, take a good look at your beach home for sale in Santa Cruz and put yourself in the buyer’s shoes. If you were the buyer, would you buy your home in its current condition? Are there things you wish the home had? How does the home fare with others in the market?

A real estate agent can help you think through questions like these and provide you with suggestions to increase the value of your home. Working with a trusted agent will not only get your home noticed and sold quicker, but more importantly, will give you the assurance that someone is looking out for you and pursuing your best interest throughout the home selling process.

Thinking of selling your home in Santa Cruz? Visit www.SantaCruzCAHomesForSale.com for more helpful home selling tips or click www.SantaCruzCAProperties.com/sell to receive a free professional market value analysis prepare espcially for you. Then we can meet to discuss your options.

Call me, Sandy Wallace, today at 831-818-7099. My professional and expert knowledge of the local housing market in and around Santa Cruz CA will help you find the home of your dreams.

Sandy Wallace - REALTOR®

REALTOR @ Keller Williams Realty 1414 Soquel Ave. Suite #100 Santa Cruz, CA 95062 831-818-7099 I started my career in real estate as a loan consultant for conventional loans, hard money loans and underwriting at a bank that was in the 90's when interest rates were double digits. I have been a Realtor since 1998 and I love helping my friends and clients build wealth with smart real estate investments.

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