5 Tips for Preparing Your Home For Sale

5 Tips for Preparing Your Home For Sale - Homework!

The housing market in Columbus continues to be fierce for buyers and sellers alike.

The Columbus Team is here to help and save you money. There’s no sense in spending more than necessary to make updates. In fact, we make sure you have all the necessary information to ensure your home is ready to be listed.

The following are 5 tips for preparing your home for sale: 

  1. Pack and Declutter. Go through each room and pack your belongings to prepare your home for sale. If you’re still living there, leave your essentials but put away everything else. Decluttering and removing as many of your belongings as possible will help potential buyers visualize the home as their own. That means cleaning out those messy closets too! 
  2. Get Photo Ready. We have a House Coach on our team that can help you prepare your home for sale. This includes staging the layout and decor so that your home will look its best in photos and for showings.
  3. Repair. Determine if there are any major repairs that need to take place such as, replacing leaky roof, etc. before selling your home. Minor changes can also make an impact. Changing light fixtures or faucets can add extra appeal, but these changes may not be necessary. Consult with our team to determine what to prioritize, add or remove from your repair list.
  4. Ensure Curb Appeal. The outside of your house is going to be the first thing potential buyers see when they arrive for a showing or drive by. Keep things tidy, including a well-manicured lawn and landscaping. Consider adding to the curb appeal by planting some flowers, power washing your front steps, or even adding a welcome mat at the front door.
  5. Deep Clean and Remove Smells. Do a deep clean and make every surface shine. Also eliminate any odors. For example, if you cooked and there was smoke in the kitchen be sure to get rid of the smell before a showing. These easy-to-do tasks will enhance the potential buyers experience and remove any distractions. 

Our team is ready to help you prepare your home for sale. Contact us today to get started! 

Is It The Right Time To Sell My Home?


The following is an excerpt from The Locale Real Estate News.  Read the entire newspaper here.


Dear Mary,

My husband Jack and I have lived in our home for over 15 years. We raised our kids here. There are plenty of memories that we very much cherish. The kids are all grown up and the house is just too big and quiet. Also, there is too much maintenance. We have been travelling a lot lately and find it rather inconvenient to tend to such a large house. We know we should sell rather quickly but we are a little apprehensive about the whole process. We are also not quite sure we want a house or condominium. If it is a house, we will need to downsize; something else that seems a little unsettling. Anyhow, I am curious if you could provide some suggestions that will alleviate the doubt that comes from selling our very special home?

Sincerely, Rose

A : Dear Rose,

First, I want to thank you for reaching out for advice. As a real estate agent and homeowner, I know firsthand
how important it is to make your house a home only to put it on the market for someone else to enjoy. Just like the cycle of life, homeownership follows the same pattern. As you contemplate the next chapter of your lives full of more traveling and new experiences, I urge you to be as optimistic as you are realistic.

Here are a few suggestions to help ease your mind when you finally decide to put your gem on the market:


ou may be thinking does my home have feelings? Maybe not actual feelings but think of all the positive emotions your home evokes and promotes. One of the first things prospective buyers look at when they enter a house is the “feel” of it. Is it homey? Can I see myself on the corner of that couch with a good book after a long day of work? Do I like the colors on the walls? Paint is a huge factor when considering sprucing up and a good agent can help you neutralize your home. You may also want to omit anything that takes away from the positive feelings you want to induce. You do not have to do all this alone. Be sure to hire an agent that knows how to stage your home. Staging a home is crucial in this competitive market and hiring someone who is an expert will definitely help!


This one is mighty important! Earlier you had mentioned downsizing. Once you sell your home; you will switch roles and become a buyer. This means you will have to plan your finances accordingly. The transition can be a little daunting but again, with the right agent to do the leg work, it can go smoothly. Most sellers looking to downsize can still reap benefits of exclusivity by purchasing a condominium. It’s a great alternative and most gated communities have accessible amenities such as club houses, swimming pools, picnic areas etc. Make sure you ask your agent about all your options.


This is a new and exciting step in your life. Do not forget to bask in the impending adventures that await you and
your husband. As you treasure the memories of your old home, remember there will be new ones to add to your journey.

Thank you for your question, Rose. Please do not hesitate to call me if you need anything. I’m always happy to
help. Good luck!

Mary Sunderman is a real estate agent with The Columbus Team.
She can be reached at 614-935-5572 or MarySunderman@TheColumbusTeam.com