In the East Bay, yes, it's important to get a house to a "move-in ready" condition. Typically, this means fixing defects (do you have a furnace that's not working, a roof in poor condition?), painting, staging, landscaping, and at a minimum, getting a pest inspection report, so that you understand the condition of your house.
I suggest that you and your realtor explore "what if" scenarios of selling the house 'as is', doing minor preparation (spot painting, cleaning, landscaping), or the full gamut, to come to the best decision for your property for this real estate climate.
Best of luck.