How to Sell a Home in Central Ohio (Columbus and surrounding cities)

Thinking about selling your Central Ohio (Columbus and surrounding cities) home? There’s a tried-and-true order to selling a home, and Clayton Lewis is here to guide you through, step by step. We’d love to get you from old home to new as seamlessly as possible. Here’s our quick guide to the homeselling process.

10 Easy Steps to Selling a Home in Central Ohio (Columbus and surrounding cities)

1. Find an experience agent

When it comes to selling your home, the choice of your agent sets the tone for success. With our extensive knowledge and proven expertise, we are your essential partners throughout this journey. We will skillfully guide you through the process, ensuring you receive the optimal value for your property. Learn more about our qualifications and track record.

2. Consider repairs and improvements

Clayton Lewis will perform a walkthrough of your home and recommend repairs and improvements, such as painting, refinishing floors, and staging. These can increase your home’s value and should be seriously considered. Additionally, during the sale process, always keep up on regular maintenance to prevent anything from being an issue during an inspection. 

3. Set the price right

Request a neighborhood sold report from Clayton Lewis and use it to determine a competitive price that maximizes your return and minimizes the time on the market. We will work together and consider the price of recently sold homes in Central Ohio (Columbus and surrounding cities), homes currently on the market in your neighborhood, and the specifics of your home to set the right listing price.

4. Prepare your home

Start by cleaning up clutter, working from your attic down to your closets. Remove extra furniture or personal belongings, such a family photos, so that buyers can picture their lives in your home. Next, you’ll work with us to stage your home and get it ready for a professional photographer to take listing photos that highlight your home’s best features.

5. Market your home

With our knowledgable team at your side, this step gets so much easier. We will use our expert marketing skills and ample resources to showcase your home to the appropriate buyers and markets in Central Ohio (Columbus and surrounding cities). Clayton Lewis uses a number of expert tactics to attract serious buyers.

6. Open your home to buyers

When your home is on the market, you want to allow buyers to see it in person. This gives them the chance to make a personal connection, which is why it’s important to depersonalize it as much as possible. Keep it clean and organized between showings to ensure you're ready to show on short notice.

7. Negotiate and accept an offer

Interested buyers will submit a written offer to include the price they’ll pay, closing dates, and other contingencies. It’s up to you to accept or reject that offer. If you reject it, we'll negotiate different terms, either adding your own contingencies or countering with a higher price.

8. Sign a purchase and sale agreement

When you’ve both agreed on an offer, you’ll enter into a legal contract using a Purchase and Sale Agreement. This will contain the specifics of the offer, including the terms, conditions, and contingencies of the sale.

9. Cooperate with due diligence

Next, you'll give the buyer the opportunity to hire an inspector and do their due diligence, which might include an appraisal, title checks, surveys, and more. Should any issues arise during this process, the buyer may want to renegotiate the terms of the sale. We’re here to help during this part of the process, too. 

10. Sign, pay, and close!

You’ve made it to the end. On the agreed-upon closing date, you, the buyer, and both agents will finish signing all paperwork. You’ll also pay any necessary fees and turn over the keys and property title. In exchange, you receive a check for the sale price, minus what may be owed on an existing mortgage. Congratulations—you just sold your home!

Ready to Start Selling Your Home in Central Ohio (Columbus and surrounding cities)?

We’ll help you through every step of the  homeselling process, from staging and showing to marketing and negotiations. Clayton Lewis will work hard to provide you with a hassle-free selling experience.

Still not sure about selling your home? We’ve compiled some seller resources that will provide more information about the process and prepare you for the excitement of listing your home for sale.  

Central Ohio (Columbus and surrounding cities) Homeselling Resources