7 Simple Steps to Selling a Home
Maybe you're just curious about the steps it will take to sell your Columbus home, or maybe you're seriously considering putting your home on the market. No matter where you are in the home selling process, it always helps to understand the steps you need to take between now and closing. If you want to sell for the most amount of money in the shortest amount of time, follow these steps to selling your Columbus home.
Step 1: Get Your Home Ready to Sell
Before you sell your home, you need to prepare it for showings. Buyers expect to view houses and condos that are clean from top to bottom, are staged and free of clutter, and perhaps even smell nice. We have a checklist of staging tips that you can use to prepare your home and create an amazing first impression. We also recommend that you start packing to prepare for your move. You will feel less stressed at closing if you have most of your belongings ready for the moving truck!
Step 2: Find an Agent You Trust
If you're considering going FSBO (trying to sell "For Sale By Owner") to save a few bucks on commission at closing, know that very few people actually succeed. That's because you have to do everything yourself: effectively marketing your home, understanding the housing market, pricing your home competitively, and filling out disclosures and paperwork. A REALTOR® will take care of all the details, negotiate the best price for your home, and make sure that you know exactly what's going on.
Looking for an agent in Columbus? Choose us! We're available to talk about our real estate experiences and how we'll help you sell for top dollar.
Step 3: Research the Columbus Real Estate Market
How much did your neighbor sell for? Are homes selling quickly in your community? Is your neighborhood in a buyers' or sellers' market? Having a basic knowledge of current market conditions in Columbus, and especially in your neighborhood, will help you understand why your home is priced the way it is and how long it may take to sell.
Interested in the recent home sales in your community? Ask us for a Columbus neighborhood sold report!
Step 4: Determine What Your Home is Worth
"What is my home worth?" That's the #1 question on every homeowner's mind. You want to know if your home improvements paid off. You want to know if your property value appreciated since you bought the home. We'll help you determine your home's current market value. Ask for your complimentary home evaluation here.
Step 5: Put Your Home on the Market
Once you've worked with your real estate agent to determine a price, it's time to list your home! While you're waiting for an offer, your REALTOR® will keep you updated about showings, feedback from potential home buyers, and interest in your listing.
Step 6: Prepare for Closing
Once you get an offer for your home, negotiated a fair price with your real estate agent, and agreed on the contract terms, it's time to prepare for closing. At this time, the buyer will be finalizing the mortgage, ordering a home inspection, and doing a final walk-through of your home. Once everything is in order, you'll be ready to close.
Step 7: Close and Move Out
Once you've made it to the settlement table, you can finally relax — you've successfully sold your home! After you have paid your closing costs and received the proceeds from your home sale, it's time to finish packing and prepare for your move.
Ready to Sell Your Columbus Home?
Selling real estate in Columbus isn't easy. Only the best real estate agents can make your experience smooth and hassle-free. We'll work in your best interests, help you achieve your home selling goals, and guide you through each step of the often-complex process. If you're ready to put your home on the market, let's talk. Call us at 614-588-2673 (Ray) or 614-668-4996 (Carie).