Selling a Home in Central Ohio
Selling a home in Central Ohio involves so much more than finding a Realtor and putting a ‘for sale’ sign in your front yard. There are financial decisions to make, timelines to establish, legal questions to answer, and a house to market. When selling your home, you don’t just need a Realtor, you need an entire team of professionals to guide you through the selling process and protect your interests. Fortunately, at The Bolon Company (“TBC”), we can help. As licensed real estate agents and real estate attorneys, we offer unique advantages that other real estate companies simply cannot match. We prepare your home for the sale, price your property and get it ready to show, all while providing comprehensive legal counsel throughout the process. Learn more about our process below!
Preparing Your Home For Sale
With The Bolon Company, we work with you from the very beginning. This means we start by guiding you through the preparation and staging process to ensure that your home makes the best first impression it can. There are several factors that you need to consider when preparing your home for a sale.
First impressions establish a buyer’s emotion. The look of your home from the sidewalk has a huge impact on your property’s valuation in a buyers mind. Little things like a manicured garden, fresh paint, and a clean exterior can make all the difference.
Clean Home Interior
A big part of staging and selling your property is making the buyer feel like they can envision the home as theirs. This includes tidying up, thinning out cramped shelves, washing windows, and replacing light bulbs. Buyers like clean, bright, and open spaces.
Storage is a big selling point, so be sure that yours looks its best! Clean out closets, cabinets, and any other places that buyers may want to look at.
Stage Your Space
An empty or poorly furnished space can make it difficult for buyers to picture the potential of a room. Fill your home with furniture that enhances and complements your space and store the rest.
Keep Your Kitchen Clean
The kitchen is a huge factor when selling your home, but if yours is dirty when buyers come, you may be hurting your chances. Clear off countertops and keep your kitchen clean and clear.
Update Your Home
If your home is outdated, a few small steps can make all the difference. If you are able to remove old wallpaper, paint an aging room a new bright color, and replace dated light fixtures to add appeal and improve a buyer’s opinion of your home’s valuation.
Steps to Selling
Selling a home in Central Ohio isn’t as simple as signing a document and moving out. There are several steps that make up the process, from your initial preparation and valuation to the final agreement and closing. When you’re going through the sale process, you need several experts, such as a Realtor to market the house and a real estate attorney to oversee the contract negotiations and the sale. At The Bolon Company, we can do both. We work with you every step of the way to ensure that your Central Ohio home sells quickly and for the highest price.
Find a Listing Agent
At TBC, our Ohio real estate agents are experts and can list your home with the MLS and line up buyers quickly, so you can focus on moving.
A realistic home valuation is key to selling your house in a timely manner. It takes into account the property, historic sales prices, the neighborhood market, and the condition of the home.
Prepare Your Home For Sale
Preparing your home is getting it ready to make a first impression. From increased curb appeal to painting, get your home all gussied up to impress potential buyers. There is a lot of paperwork to complete as well. Your TBC team will go over all of the engagement, disclosure and other required paperwork needed to place your home on the market.
Market & Show Your Home
This is a big step for you and your TBC agent. We will help you Identify the best selling points of your home, and advertise those strengths. At TBC, we advertise for you using the newest technologies and marketing media. You can promote your home as well through your social media accounts and friends/family network. As the marketing campaign continues, you’ll start getting requests to show your home to potential buyers. Your TBC agent will coordinate, confirm and follow up with the prospective buyer/agent for feedback.
Receive Offers and Negotiate
You’re likely to get several offers. Don’t ignore any offers. With The Bolon Company, your TBC attorney takes over and negotiates with potential buyers to try and come to acceptable terms. Price is not always the most important term when considering offers. We will explain all of your options.
Escrow & Title
The title company is responsible for pulling everything together at the end of the transaction. The title company will review title and performs title search, issue title insurance policies, manage escrow, distributes the final paperwork, performs the final closing and records all documents at the county courthouse.
A good title company will perform all these services and offer others that can greatly reduce the stress and confusion associated with closing on a new home. If you’ve never purchased a home or property before, the sheer amount of paperwork that needs to be managed is enough to make most people shake their heads in disbelief. Having professionals who understand the real estate business can allow the buyer and seller to concentrate on the business at hand, without worrying about missing something important that could cause a delay in the closing of the transaction.
There are a lot of responsibilities associated with the closing on a home. That is why so many buyers and sellers prefer using a professional title company to assist with all the fine details of closing. Your TBC Team will only refer you to competent title professionals who will further protect you and your money.
Appraisal, Inspection & Disclosure
The inspection and appraisal are very important steps to selling a home and can have a direct effect on the transaction. The home is inspected by a professional licensed inspector for any damage or issues not obvious to the untrained eye that a buyer may have overlooked. The bank appraiser will perform an appraisal on the home to confirm for the bank the market value and the purchase price are within reasonable proximity to each other for the bank to feel comfortable providing a mortgage to the buyer.
The final step is to close the transaction through the title company. This includes agreeing to the final settlement statement, signing all of the escrow, titles, and other important documents and authorizing the title company to file the deed at the county recorder’s office. Now you can hand over your keys and celebrate.
Timeline for Selling
While there is a general timeline that most Central Ohio home sales adhere to, in the end, it’s up to you. At The Bolon Company, we work with you to establish a realistic timeline that fits your needs. Whether you need to be in a new home in a month, or would like to wait as you get a feel for the market, we help you sell your home when you are ready.
Working With The Bolon Company
At The Bolon Company, we’ve developed a one of a kind real estate service. We offer both legal counsel and real estate broker services together to provide complete, dynamic real estate services to Ohio. When you sign our engagement letter, you are officially represented by a licensed Ohio attorney. When you sign the Exclusive RIght to Sell or Buyer’s Representation Agreement you are now represented by your TBC team. As your professional real estate team, we work with you to determine your wants and needs, and show you how to achieve your goals. Our relationship is built on trust and we offer the highest standard of care in the industry to build that trust.
Benefits of Selling Your Central Ohio Home with The Bolon Company
Often the most expensive part of selling your home is the broker fee. At The Bolon Company, we decided to give our clients innovative fee options. We can help you save thousands of dollars by listing with TBC. Utilizing TBC’s pre-listing advice, list price analysis, marketing expertise, and legal counsel, your home’s time on the market should be shortened, potential contract issues reduced, and your bottomline maximized.
If you’re selling your home, you need a team of professionals to ensure the process goes well. At The Bolon Company, you get everything you need to sell your home quickly and for the best price. Contact us today to learn more.