Answers to Common Home Selling Questions

    For the homeowner looking to sell a home in Columbus, OH in the current real estate market, this is the right place. There are a few things to ask to find out if now is the right time to sell. If these questions have come up, there are answers to help with this process. Lets’ get started!

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    What is the selling process like?

    After deciding selling is the right option, begin the hunt for an agent. Clean up around the house, inside and out. De-clutter your home and only keep what is needed, put everything else into storage. Decide if selling the current home before or after the purchase of the new home is a better or worst option.

    When is the best time to sell my house?

    What time works best, is the right time. Homes sell all year-round, so this is really up to the homeowner. However summer months tend to be the slowest times that homes sell. Autumn and the peak of spring tend to be faster.

    Should I use a real estate agent?

    A real estate agent is someone trained to know the market and legal matters of the business. If the homeowner knows the current market value of their home, is willing to work with a buyer’s agent, be responsible for the selling and marketing of the home, is willing to hear buyers criticize the home and screen potential buyers; then the homeowner can sell the home without an agent. Having an agent takes the guess work out of it and gives more free time to the homeowner. Yes, money can be saved in some situations, but it could cost more if the home doesn’t sell.

    On average, how long will it take to sell my home?

    Your agent should be able to tell you this information before hiring them. The way agents find out the amount of time needed to sell a home is by looking at the current market. In Columbus homes are currently selling faster than the national average due to affordability. A sellers market tends to be faster while a buyers market is slower.

    How much should I list my house for sale?

    Home appraisals are a good way to determine home value. Another way is when an agent does a comparative market analysis, which is based on sales and listings similar to the home for sale. The type of market can also affect the value of the property.

    What factors affect the sale of my home?

    Location, finding a suitable buyer (financing), marketing either alone or through a real estate agent, condition of the home when selling and the price of the home will affect the sales. Make sure the condition of the home is at its best. Be careful not to overprice the house because it could sit and start costing money.

    What should I do to get my home ready to sell?

    Don’t skimp on curb appeal no matter what season the home goes on the market. Keep the outside clean and ready to welcome buyers. Curb appeal is the first thing buyers will notice. Make small repairs around the house. There shouldn’t be any leaking faucets or broken lights. Clean counter tops, floors and add neutral paint throughout. Walk through the home, make sure it flows nicely. Hire a staging company to stage the home if there is no furniture currently available. They will make the home presentable.

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