Selling a home is a big deal. It’s not as simple as selling the things you don’t use anymore online. Aside from the emotional difficulties, selling a home can be a complicated process.

There are bound to be many questions when thinking about selling a home in Columbus. We’re taking the home selling process head-on and answering your questions.

At the Rita Boswell Group, we want you to be an informed home seller. We want you to be ready for the realities of selling a home you have loved and lived in.

Below you will find the most common home selling questions and answers. We cover pricing and home staging to closing costs and everything in between. If you don’t see your question, we hope you will reach out to Realtor Rita Boswell at 614-547-3229 to get the information you need.

🔢What Are The Steps To Selling A Home?

Every home sale is different, but there is a general chain of events when selling a home in Columbus. The first and most important step is to hire an experienced real estate agent to guide your home sale to a successful, profitable close. Assuming you choose a great agent, they will handle the heavy lifting of a home sale to make it as easy and stress free for you as possible. The right agent will help with pricing, home staging, marketing, offers, and closing.

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⚖Should I Sell Or Rent My Home In Central Ohio?

If you’re in the early stages of considering a home sale, or your home has been sitting on the market for awhile, you may be wondering if it is better to sell your home or rent it out. Some Central Ohio home owners consider turning a home into a rental property as an investment.

There’s not a simple yes or no answer to this question. The answer really depends on your situation. There are pros and cons for both. You will need to consider financial factors such as taxes and the costs of property management versus selling the home.

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💸How Much Does It Cost To Sell A Home In Columbus?

The cost of selling a home will vary by state and county. There are also a number of different expenses to consider including home staging, repairs, and agent commissions.

Read our detailed list of Central Ohio home selling costs to determine how much it will cost to sell your home. To find out how much you could net when selling your home, contact Columbus OH Realtor Rita Boswell at 614-547-3229.

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How Much Are Closing Costs in Central Ohio?

Generally, the closing costs are paid by the home buyer. However, it is common for home buyers to request during negotiations that home sellers pay closing costs. Should you agree to pay closing costs, it may be helpful to know what they include and how much they are in the Columbus area.

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💼Should I Hire An Agent or Sell Myself?

When a homeowner starts thinking about selling their home, one of the first things they consider is whether or not to hire a real estate agent to sell their home. This is especially true if homes nearby appear to be selling easily. The truth is, selling one’s own home is rarely a good idea. There are so many variables and ways for it to go sideways. Plus, there are numerous legal issues to consider when selling a home. Homeowners can end up costing themselves a lot of time and money by trying to sell a home without any guidance from a professional. Read more about selling a home yourself versus hiring a real estate professional.

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🙋How Do I Choose A Real Estate Agent?

Start by asking people you trust to refer you to a great Realtor. Next, look up the agents online to find out if they have the experience to help you. Read agents’ reviews to make sure they have an excellent reputation. Once you have a short list of candidates, contact them to schedule appointments. If you will be listing a home, ask the agents what they will do to sell your home as quickly as possible for as much money as possible. If you are buying a home, it is important that the agents really listen to your needs and work to find a home for you.

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How Do I Sell A Home While Buying Another Home?

Maybe you need something bigger, or maybe you need something smaller. Whatever the reason, you need to sell your current home and also buy another home. Thinking about the logistics of buying and selling at the same time can often be a cause of anxiety to home sellers. But, rest assured people do buy and sell at the same time, and there are processes to help you through the transition.

The short answer to How To Buy & Sell a Home At The Same Time is with the help of mortgage and real estate professionals. A mortgage professional will help you determine if you can buy your next home first and then sell (easiest), or if you will have to sell first and then buy. If you can buy your next home before you sell, a mortgage professional will tell you about the resources that can help you do that. If you have to sell your current home first, an experienced Realtor will be able to help strategies to make the process as easy as possible.

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How To Sell A House While Still Living In It

For one reason or another, you find that you will have to sell your home while living there. At first, this may seem like a daunting pain in the neck (and it can be), however when done right, living in the home while you sell it can be a benefit to you. After all, home buyers often find it difficult to imagine how furniture will fit or how rooms can be used when a house is empty.

The key to selling a house you live in is to prepare ahead of time, and to keep the home looking show ready. This can be a challenge, but focusing on preparation can help your home sell much faster.

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Should I Stage My Home?

Absolutely! Real estate agents know that home staging makes a big difference when listing a home for sale in Columbus. Since most home buyers begin their search online, the photos of your home need to show a home that is clean and staged. Buyers have a difficult time imagining themselves living in the homes they look at. As a home seller, you can help buyers see themselves in your home with staging.

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🤷‍♂️Can I Use My Home’s “Zestimate” To Set The Price

This one is easy. No. You should never use Zillow’s Zestimate (home value estimate) to price your home in Central Ohio. The Zestimate is known for being inaccurate and changeable. Your home’s Zestimate is likely way too high or way too low.

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Pricing your home accurately is one of the most important factors to a successful home sale. If you try to sell a home at too high a price, your home will sit on the market. If you set the price too low, you may sell your home quickly, but you will not make as much money as you could have.

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What To Do With Multiple Offers

For home sellers, receiving multiple offers is great! Getting multiple offers gives you options and leverage to get the best price and terms when selling your home. But, how do you choose which offer to accept?

This may seem like a no-brainer, and the highest offer may feel like the obvious choice. However, there are other things to consider.

For instance, do all buyers have pre-approval letters? Buyers that don’t have their finances in order may not actually be able to buy your home, making their higher offer worthless.

It’s important to weigh all terms in an offer and to choose the one that will hopefully lead to a successful closing with the best outcome for you as the seller. This is one of the many reasons to work with a local real estate expert. An experienced Realtor will have the knowledge and expertise to determine which offer is better without relying solely on price.

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