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Napa Homeowners Easily Conquer Bad Home Habits

8-27-home maintenanceNapa homeowners take note:

Neglecting your filters!

That was only one of many “bad home habits” blogger Annie Stevens admitted to in last week’s confessional outpouring on the Aussie web site Domain. “Bad home habits” may not be a phrase Napa homeowners are accustomed to thinking about, but it’s an idea worth mulling—especially if selling your Napa home is something that could be in your immediate (or even middling) future.

In its mildest form, a Stevens bad home habit would be one that needs to be straightened out before John and Jane Q. Public come to look your house over after it’s listed. In the extreme, a bad home habit can lead to escalating maintenance issues. Neglecting your filters is one of those.

Filters you neglect can be the thin, washable, plastic-and-foam panels you slide in and out of your window air conditioner. If you have one, you are among the many Napa homeowners who was grateful to have it last week. Filters you neglect can also be one of the larger, paper-foil-and-mesh replaceable thingies that you are supposed to replace in the workings of your central air unit. They can also be the cottony stuff you wad into your tropical fish aquarium, but that’s not the kind that’s a big homeowner concern. That one is strictly between you and the fish.

In all but that last example, neglecting your filters can lead to an air circulation problem, or even to a burnt-out blower motor. This bad home habit can be blamed on the location of the filters. Being out of sight, it’s hard to remember they are even in there, much less that they require your tender ministration.

Another of blogger Stevens’ bad home habits is “buying exercise equipment you will never use.” It’s easy to see why this is a bad budgeting habit, but not really a bad home habit. After all, if you turn the garage into a home gym, it could be a selling point when you’re ready to sell. And if you don’t ever use the exercise equipment, it will be appealingly shiny and new (even if you are more out of shape than you want to be). Potential home buyers won’t care about that.

Stevens actually described eight bad home habits, but some of them don’t really apply to Napa homeowners (she writes from Australia). For instance, leaving half-drunk cups of tea around the place is not a common Napa homeowner failing. And sleeping with your phone is more of a bad lifestyle habit, since constantly checking an iPhone in the middle of the night disrupts a normal sleep cycle.

Much more applicable is Bad Home Habit #6: letting dirt build up on the things you forget to clean. It’s easy to forget to clean areas and things that are in dim, out-of-the-way corners, but when it comes to getting your home into shape for open houses and showings, it’s amazing how prospective buyers somehow seem to make a beeline for them. Fortunately, a few serious deep cleaning sessions will cure any vestige of bad home habit #6.

It’s a Murphy’s Law kind of rule that any neglected maintenance feature will tend to go completely kaput just when you least want it to. As you get your home ready to put on the Napa market, that’s why catching it in advance is definitely to your advantage. Also to your advantage: giving me a timely call!


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  1. Photo of 667 Stoneman Court, Benicia, CA 94510 (MLS # 21813491)
    41
    5 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    4,380 sqft   lot 10,433 sqft
    Listing provided by Marcus Hartinger, Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific
    MLS 21813491
  2. Photo of 7956 Oman Road, Redwood Valley, CA 95470 (MLS # 21813495)
    35
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    3,200 sqft   lot 1.02 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by David Ryan, Windermere Platinum Real Estate Services
    MLS 21813495
  3. Photo of 101 Gold Hill Way, Vallejo, CA 94589 (MLS # 21811375)
    12
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,144 sqft   lot 8,276 sqft
    Walk Score® 17
    Listing provided by Tezra Rogers, Pacific Bay Estates
    MLS 21811375
  4. Photo of Fairfield, CA 94533 (MLS # 21813490)
    11
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,128 sqft   lot 6,969 sqft
    Walk Score® 43
    Listing provided by Joshua Anello, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21813490
  5. Photo of 1693 Belvedere Way, Wheatland, CA 95961 (MLS # 21813492)
    9
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    2,045 sqft   lot 8,276 sqft
    Walk Score® 5
    Listing provided by Angelica Smith, Amplify
    MLS 21813492
  6. Photo of 631 Grandberg Court, Santa Rosa, CA 95407 (MLS # 21813465)
    32
    1 bed,  1 full bath
    570 sqft   lot 11,700 sqft
    Walk Score® 59
    Listing provided by Arlee Geary, Century 21 Alliance
    MLS 21813465
  7. Photo of 1315 Sanderling Island, Point Richmond, CA 94801 (MLS # 21801252)
    24
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,855 sqft   lot 5,519 sqft
    Walk Score® 15
    Listing provided by Susan Koide, Bradley Real Estate-San Rafael
    MLS 21801252
  8. Photo of 845 Griffith Drive, Dixon, CA 95620 (MLS # 21812984)
    49
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,678 sqft   lot 8,211 sqft
    Walk Score® 19
    Listing provided by Sheilah Tucker, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21812984
  9. Photo of 600 Lawndale Road, Kenwood, CA 95452 (MLS # 21813393)
    46
    5 beds,  5 full, 1 half baths
    7,500 sqft   lot 5.00 ac
    Walk Score® 3
    Listing provided by Randall Waller, W Real Estate
    MLS 21813393
  10. 3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,103 sqft   lot 6,469 sqft
    Walk Score® 51
    Listing provided by Rebekka Johnston, W Real Estate
    MLS 21812239
  11. Photo of 1812 Larkin Way, Sacramento, CA 95818 (MLS # 21813484)
    16
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    936 sqft   lot 3,920 sqft
    Walk Score® 74
    Listing provided by Mark Mazotti, Purplebricks Realty, Inc.
    MLS 21813484
  12. Photo of 582 Summerset Drive, Rio Vista, CA 94571 (MLS # 21812966)
    9
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,065 sqft   lot 6,499 sqft
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Naomi Walker, Richards Real Estate
    MLS 21812966
  13. Photo of 1040 Rimrock Drive, Napa, CA 94558 (MLS # 21813455)
    36
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    2,232 sqft   lot 9,605 sqft
    Walk Score® 6
    Listing provided by Sangeeta Kishnani, BHHS Drysdale Properties
    MLS 21813455
  14. Photo of 4190 Sun Drive, Lakeport, CA 95453 (MLS # 21813482)
    43
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,678 sqft   lot 3.42 ac
    Walk Score® 1
    Listing provided by Elizabeth Davis, Coldwell Banker T&C Properties
    MLS 21813482
  15. Photo of 2693 Bradford Way, West Sacramento, CA 95691 (MLS # 21813483)
    19
    2 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,147 sqft   lot 3,311 sqft
    Walk Score® 23
    Listing provided by Mark Mazotti, Purplebricks Realty, Inc.
    MLS 21813483
  16. Photo of 1711 Autumn Meadow Drive, Fairfield, CA 94534 (MLS # 21813481)
    19
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,462 sqft   lot 4,604 sqft
    Walk Score® 9
    Listing provided by Jimmy Castro, RE/MAX Gold Elite
    MLS 21813481
  17. Photo of 908 Diamante Drive, Rio Vista, CA 94571 (MLS # 21813479)
    19
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,439 sqft   lot 4,273 sqft
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Andria Haisley, Shafer Real Estate
    MLS 21813479
  18. Photo of 8380 Peninsula Drive, Kelseyville, CA 95451 (MLS # 21813457)
    36
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    2,737 sqft   lot 41,382 sqft
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Elizabeth Davis, Coldwell Banker T&C Properties
    MLS 21813457
  19. Photo of 29 Forest Drive, Napa, CA 94558 (MLS # 21805210)
    44
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    4,282 sqft   lot 6.00 ac
    Walk Score® 3
    Listing provided by Elizabeth Olcott, Keller Williams Napa Valley
    MLS 21805210
  20. Photo of 1013 Shire Court, Fairfield, CA 94533 (MLS # 21813222)
    49
    5 beds,  3 full baths
    2,603 sqft   lot 28,157 sqft
    Walk Score® 13
    Listing provided by Loy Jackson, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21813222
  21. Photo of 6441 Meadow Creek Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 (MLS # 21812355)
    26
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,686 sqft   lot 8,712 sqft
    Walk Score® 19
    Listing provided by Nancy Devoto, McBride Realty
    MLS 21812355
  22. Photo of 28463 El Camino, Winters, CA 95694 (MLS # 21813179)
    37
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,018 sqft   lot 7.46 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by William Keller, Coldwell Banker B of V-Napa
    MLS 21813179
  23. Photo of 3211 Broken Twig Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 (MLS # 21813006)
    35
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,984 sqft   lot 9,583 sqft
    Walk Score® 8
    Listing provided by Allison Pharis, Vanguard Properties
    MLS 21813006
  24. Photo of 1 Willow Lane, Sausalito, CA 94965 (MLS # 21811478)
    22
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,622 sqft   lot 1,054 sqft
    Walk Score® 75
    Listing provided by Susan Churchill, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21811478
  25. Photo of 503 Pixie Trail, Mill Valley, CA 94941 (MLS # 21813470)
    25
    Open House
    3 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    2,225 sqft   lot 10,390 sqft
    Walk Score® 21
    Listing provided by Rick Stern, Zephyr Real Estate
    MLS 21813470
  26. 4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,437 sqft   lot 7,510 sqft
    Walk Score® 27
    Listing provided by Raina Duran, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21813474
  27. 4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,036 sqft   lot 6,660 sqft
    Walk Score® 27
    Listing provided by Raina Duran, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21813478
  28. Photo of 1300 Niestrath Road, Cazadero, CA 95421 (MLS # 21813406)
    30
    1 bed,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,152 sqft   lot 40.00 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Helena Gustavsson Giesea, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Sonoma County Properties
    MLS 21813406
  29. Photo of 1670 E Street, Napa, CA 94559 (MLS # 21813477)
    15
    Open House
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    1,950 sqft   lot 8,276 sqft
    Walk Score® 67
    Listing provided by David Hidalgo, Century 21 M & M Assoc
    MLS 21813477
  30. Photo of 1431 Minnesota Street, Fairfield, CA 94533 (MLS # 21812532)
    37
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,216 sqft   lot 5,227 sqft
    Walk Score® 73
    Listing provided by Rose Marie Rice-Deadrich, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21812532
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