Selling Your Home Quickly

Homeowners frequently find themselves in situations where they need to sell their homes. Whatever the reason – maybe they want more space, have more money to spend, or have to relocate for a new job – it’s important to find ways to speed up the sale process – something we can assist with. Here are some tactics to consider: 

1. Price Competitively 
Accurately pricing your home is the first and foremost step in selling your home quickly. Your price depends on several market factors, such as the economy, location, interest rates, and competition. Additionally, it’s vital to factor in the costs associated with selling a home, including closing costs, mortgage payoff, moving expenses, and any outstanding home equity loans, as these can impact your net gains. Pairing your pricing strategy with attractive packaging is crucial, particularly during the initial 2-3 weeks when buyer interest is typically at its peak for new listings. 

Pro Tip: Keep in mind that the market is dynamic, and the price you set comes with an expiration date. 

2. Work with an Agent 
88% of homebuyers utilize an agent during the home search – and for good reason. Agents bring the expertise and knowledge needed to set an accurate price, advertise, and market your listing – all of which is needed for a speedy sale. When you work with a Cutler Real Estate agent, you can rest assured you’re working with someone thoroughly trained to sell your home as quickly as possible, for the best price possible.   

3. Stage Smartly 
Putting in the effort to stage your home is well worth it, as it makes it easier for buyers to envision themselves living there. Focus on creating a ‘hotel clean’ environment and declutter extensively, especially in key areas like the kitchen, living room, and closets. Additionally, consider repainting walls with neutral colors and arrange furnishings thoughtfully. Statistics show that buyers tend to spend an average of five minutes in vacant homes, whereas they linger for about 40 minutes in furnished ones. 

4. Put High-Quality Photos Online 
The internet has become an essential tool in the home search process, with more than 93% of homebuyers choosing the web as their starting point in looking for real estate. Consequently, your home is likely to receive more virtual views than physical ones, emphasizing the importance of high-quality imagery and videography. Exceptional photography and engaging walk-through videos of your staged home will not only distinguish your listing amidst the clutter but also captivate potential buyers, significantly boosting the likelihood of securing an in-person showing. 

5. Focus on Curb Appeal 
The outside of your home shapes how prospective buyers see your home, so it’s crucial it makes a great first impression. Start by grooming your lawn, trimming overgrown bushes, and tidying up flower beds. A well-kept landscape signals to buyers that you prioritize attention to detail and the property has been cared for. For an added touch of shine, consider power washing the siding, driveway, and sidewalks, while also giving your windows a thorough cleaning. 
6. Call the Vutech | Ruff, Cutler Real Estate Team! 
When it comes to selling your home fast – and for the most optimal price – having a skilled team by your side can make all the difference. The Vutech | Ruff, Cutler Real Estate team has been selling homes in the Columbus, OH area for more than 60 years combined, and understand what it takes not only to sell quickly in this market, but also for the best price. We dedicate ourselves to staying on top of the latest in-home trends and buying patterns of those looking to relocate to your neighborhood.  

We also know it takes a village to sell a home, and we have excellent connections in the industry to get your sale pushed through. Our network of contractors, handymen, home stagers and title agents are here to complete any necessary repairs, make your home look its best and finalize your transaction quickly.  

Let’s Talk 
Once you have decided to sell, call on the Vutech | Ruff, Cutler Real Estate team to put your Columbus home on the market and get it sold quickly. We know that every selling scenario is unique, make sure to tailor our approach to meet your needs and make the process as smooth as possible for you.  

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Ultimate Guide to Summer Festivals in Columbus

The best time to experience all that Columbus has to offer is the summer – especially the wide array of summer festivals! Columbus is filled to the brim the summer festivals that celebrate art, culture, music, food, and so much more. Whether you are local or just visiting, there is a summer festival perfect for you! Here is your ultimate guide to the summer festival season in Columbus, including fan favorites and underrated gems. 

June Festivals 

  • Date: June 1 
  • Location: Central Bexley on S. Dawson Ave 

Kick off your summer with the Bexley Porch Fest, a community-driven event where porches transform into music stages. Enjoy live performances, food trucks, beer, and cider—all within the charming neighborhood setting of Bexley.

  • June 7-9 
  • Scioto Mile Riverfront 

Embrace your creative side at the Columbus Arts Festival. This event transforms the Scioto Mile Riverfront into an immersive gallery featuring 250 visual artists, four stages of performances and dozens of food vendors.

  • June 14-15 
  •  Goodale Park 

Celebrate love, diversity, and inclusion at the Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival. This vibrant event includes a parade, live music, and a host of activities designed to promote equality and support the LGBTQ+ community.

  • June 21-22 
  • Village Green Park in Downtown Powell 

Join the festivities at the Powell Festival, a family-friendly event featuring live entertainment, food vendors, and fireworks. The perfect outing for those looking to embrace a small-town atmosphere filled with fun.

July Festivals 

  • July 19-21 
  • Scioto Mile downtown riverfront 

Experience the perfect blend of great jazz and mouth-watering ribs at the Jazz & Rib Fest. Set along the scenic Scioto Mile Riverfront, this festival offers a feast for the senses with top jazz musicians and top-rated rib vendors from across the country. Come hungry!

  • July 26-28 
  • Downtown Columbus 

Indulge in culinary delights at the Columbus Food & Wine Festival. This 3-day event features chef tastings, exquisite wine experiences, and live music, making it an elevated experience for food and wine enthusiasts.

August Festivals 

  • August 2-4 
  • Historic Dublin 

Celebrate Irish culture at the Dublin Irish Fest, one of the largest Irish festivals in the world. Enjoy traditional music, dance, food, and a 5k run, all set in the charming Historic Dublin area. 

  • August 10 
  • Historical Town Center 

No matter how you take your bourbon, the annual Heart of Grove City Bourbon & Spirits Festival is a can’t miss event! Sample bourbon and spirits from well-known heritage brands to some of the up-and-comers craft distilleries. 

  • August 25 
  • Artists, crafters, local businesses and organizations, vendors, music, food trucks 
  • Free admission 

Fall in love with Merion Village at this community festival, which highlights local artists, crafters, businesses, and organizations. With music, food trucks, and free admission, it’s a delightful way to spend a late-summer day.

September Festivals 

  • September 2 
  • FREE 
  • Northam Park/Tremont Road 
    2850 Tremont Road 

Close out the season with the Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival. This free event features a variety of artists displaying their work in a beautiful park setting. Enjoy live music, interactive activities, and food vendors as you celebrate the end of summer. 

5 Outdoor Projects that Boost Curb Appeal

Research suggests that buyers usually decide if they like a house within 12 seconds of stepping inside. But how can they make such a choice without seeing a home in its entirety? Well, if the outside of your home is riddled with dead plants, has an unkempt lawn, or chipping paint, it’s hard not to make a snap judgment about what’s inside. That means when preparing to sell your home, it’s critical to make a great first impression. Consider investing in outdoor projects that boost curb appeal and draw buyers in, such as:

  1. Give Your Lawn Some TLC: Your lawn is often the first thing people notice about your home, so it’s essential to keep it looking its best. Regular lawn maintenance not only enhances curb appeal but also creates a welcoming environment for you and your guests. If you’re not sure where to start, consider hiring a professional lawn care service. These companies exist for a reason—they have the expertise, equipment, and knowledge to keep your lawn in top condition year-round.  
    From mowing and edging to fertilizing and weed control, a lawn care service can take care of all the essential tasks, saving you time and ensuring your lawn remains healthy and vibrant. Additionally, they can provide tailored advice and recommendations for improving the overall health and appearance of your lawn, including suggestions for drought-resistant plants, irrigation systems, and landscape design.

  1. Revitalize Your Landscape: If your outdoor space is feeling a bit lackluster, it’s time to put your green thumb to work. Landscaping plays a crucial role in enhancing curb appeal, and with a few simple touches, you can transform your yard into a botanical paradise. Start by incorporating a variety of plants and colorful flowers to add depth and visual interest. Choose a mix of perennials and annuals for year-round appeal, and don’t forget to consider the seasonality of your selections to ensure continuous blooms. By layering different heights, textures, and colors, you’ll create a vibrant and inviting landscape that will impress passersby and potential buyers alike. 
  1. Upgrade Your Front Door: Your front door is the focal point of your home’s exterior, so why not make it stand out? Whether you’re giving your existing door a facelift or opting for a brand-new replacement, there are plenty of ways to elevate its aesthetic appeal. If you’re sticking with your current door, consider giving it a fresh coat of paint in a bold, eye-catching color. Upgrading the hardware to match can further enhance its appearance and create a cohesive look. Alternatively, if you’re in the market for a new door, you’ll have a variety of materials to choose from, including wood, fiberglass, steel, or even glass. To add an extra touch of elegance, consider incorporating decorative features like glass inserts or sidelights to make a lasting impression on visitors and potential buyers. 
  1. Add Exterior Lighting: Outdoor lighting not only adds ambiance to your home’s exterior but also plays a crucial role in enhancing safety and security. By strategically placing lights along pathways, driveways, and entryways, you’ll create a welcoming atmosphere and highlight key features of your home’s architecture and landscaping. Choose fixtures that complement your home’s style and consider incorporating energy-efficient LED bulbs to reduce energy consumption and lower utility costs. With the right lighting scheme, you’ll not only enhance your home’s curb appeal but also increase its overall value and desirability. 
  1. Invest in a New Deck: A well-designed deck can significantly enhance your home’s curb appeal and provide an inviting outdoor space for entertaining and relaxation. While traditional wood decks have a timeless appeal, they often require extensive upkeep and maintenance to withstand the elements. Fortunately, there’s a low-maintenance alternative: composite decking. Made from a blend of wood fibers and recycled plastics, composite decking offers the look of wood without the hassle of sealing, staining, or regular maintenance. Although it may require a higher initial investment, many homeowners find that the long-term benefits outweigh the upfront costs. With its durability, longevity, and aesthetic appeal, composite decking is an excellent choice for enhancing your home’s exterior and maximizing its curb appeal.

Having the right real estate agent can also make a significant difference in enhancing curb appeal. For instance, Vutech | Ruff agents possess a thorough understanding of buyer preferences in Columbus and nearby areas, allowing them to offer tailored advice to showcase your property in the best light. They can provide valuable insights on which fixes to prioritize and offer guidance on presenting these improvements effectively in your listing. 

If you’re getting ready to list your home, let’s connect. Our expert agents can show you which improvements will have the biggest impact in your area, helping you streamline the selling process and ensure the maximum sale price. 

Condo Living in Central Ohio 

Are you ready to embrace the condominium lifestyle right here in Central Ohio?  Look no further! At Vutech & Ruff, Cutler Real Estate, we understand that the search for the perfect condo is not just about four walls; it’s about finding a home that complements how you live your life. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, empty-nester, or someone looking to invest in the thriving Central Ohio real estate market, we’ve got you covered. 

Options for condo living in Central Ohio 

Central Ohio, with its vibrant communities, rich cultural scene, and a perfect blend of urban and suburban living, offers a myriad of opportunities for condo enthusiasts. From the bustling streets of Downtown Columbus to the charming neighborhoods of Dublin, New Albany, and beyond, our team of experienced real estate professionals is dedicated to bringing you insightful information, market trends, and expert advice.  

From modern high-rises with stunning city views to cozy units nestled in picturesque communities, there is a condo for every lifestyle in Central Ohio. We can help you delve into the amenities, lifestyle offerings, and investment potential that each unit provides, ensuring you make an informed decision that aligns with your vision of the perfect home.  

What to consider when buying a condo 

When considering condominium ownership, it’s crucial to weigh various factors that go beyond just its physical attributes. Location stands out as a cornerstone consideration, impacting not only your daily life but also the property’s long-term value. Our team can help you delve into the community dynamics, evaluating amenities, HOA regulations, and the overall atmosphere to ensure they align with your lifestyle preferences.  

Financial prudence is paramount, encompassing not just the purchase price but also potential future assessments, maintenance fees, and the overall health of the condo association. Equipping yourself with a clear understanding of the market trends, resale potential, and any upcoming developments in the area will empower you to make a well-informed decision.  

Here are just some of the condo communities in Central Ohio in which we have helped our clients buy and sell.  

  • 8 on the Square 
  • The Dakota 
  • Sterling Lofts 
  • Beck St Condominiums 
  • Wall St condomimiums 
  • The Jackson on High 
  • North Bank Condominiums 
  • Parks Edge 
  • Buggyworks 
  • Miranova 
  • Waterford Tower 
  • Sycamore Place 
  • Burnham Square 
  • The Hartman 
  • Schlee Malt Haus 
  • Neighborhood Launch 
  • Kelly’s Place 

At Vutech & Ruff, Cutler Real Estate, our commitment extends beyond merely finding you a property; we’re dedicated to making your home-buying journey a seamless and enjoyable experience. Discover the charm, convenience, and allure of condo living in Central Ohio through our blog, where expertise meets passion, and your dream home awaits.

Experience the Magic of Village Lights with Us 

Step into the enchanting world of holiday cheer at the annual Village Lights celebration in German Village! We would love for you to stop by our offices while you are out and about. 

Event Highlights

Immersive Holiday Atmosphere
Explore the historic streets adorned with luminaria, creating a magical ambiance that captures the essence of the holiday season. 

Warmth and Hospitality
Please join us at 177 E. Beck Street on December 3 from 5 – 8 PM for hot chocolate, Marilyn’s famous adult punch, and a special waffle truck. We will have a warm fire lit and holiday music playing. 

Late-Night Shopping
Delight in the unique experience of businesses staying open late just for you. Discover the charm of German Village while enjoying the festive decorations and holiday-themed offerings. 

Real Estate Insights
Meet our experienced real estate professionals who will be available to discuss the unique and charming properties in German Village and throughout Central Ohio. Whether you’re considering a move or simply curious about the local real estate market, our team is here to assist you. 

We look forward to celebrating the spirit of the season with you during one of our favorite seasonal traditions.  

Giving Back 

‘Tis the season for giving back. For the last 6 years our agent, Kate Sanders, has gone above and beyond to help provide Christmas gifts for children in Franklin County. Last year, she successfully raised over $9,000, providing gifts to nearly 80 children.  

This year, Kate’s team at WRSC is thrilled to help both Franklin County Children’s Services Holiday Wish Program and Choices Domestic Violence Shelter’s Deck the Halls Program

These programs aim to bring joy to nearly 4,000 children, whether they are in foster care or sheltered through Choice’s domestic violence program. We are rallying our community to join us in supporting Kate and these children, offering them a brief respite from the pain and trauma they’ve endured. 

All funds collected will be directly allocated to purchasing toys and gift cards for the children served by these two fantastic programs. Your contributions can make a significant difference in ensuring that these children experience the joy of the holiday season, which they might not otherwise have. The program’s cutoff date is December 9th, and Kate and her team are aiming to raise $9,500. 

You can contribute by using the GoFundMe link or sending your donation to @KateSanders724 via Venmo. Receipts of all items purchased will be shared once the fundraising concludes. Additionally, all donations are tax deductible. If you prefer, you may also donate a new, unwrapped gift—please reach out to Kate for details, as both programs have specific requests. 

Donate today and share this opportunity with others to help make it a great holiday season for children who desperately need it. 

The Impact Of Intel – Projections By The Numbers

The Vutech | Ruff, Cutler Real Estate team recently hosted an event with Betsy Goldstein Consulting to learn more about the Intel project coming to Central Ohio and how it will affect the region’s growth and the real estate market. Betsy shared many projections and ideas as we prepare for the potential impacts.  

This info was presented in October 2023, and is constantly shifting and updating as our region prepares more for the development, job needs and infrastructure updates. 

Benefits of Working with Cutler Real Estate

Whether you’re buying or selling a property, the right real estate agency can make all the difference. That’s why we are proud to be part of Cutler Real Estate, which has consistently delivered outstanding results for decades. When it comes to choosing a partner, we know you have options. Cutler Real Estate equips our team with the tools and resources to thrive in this market. Making it easy for us to be your top choice for all your real estate needs. 

Local Expertise 

We chose to be a part of Cutler Real Estate because of their deep understanding of the local real estate market. With over 75 years of experience, the brand is a trusted source of knowledge in Ohio’s real estate landscape. This local expertise allows our team to provide valuable insights, helping you make informed decisions about buying or selling properties. 

A Proven Track Record 

One of the most compelling reasons we chose to be part of Cutler Real Estate is the brokerage’s impressive track record of success. Cutler Real Estate maintains a team of dedicated and experienced agents who consistently achieve outstanding results for their clients. Whether getting the best possible price for a seller or finding the perfect home for a buyer, a commitment to excellence shines through in the results. 

Personalized Service 

We know that every client is unique, with specific needs and preferences. We take the time to listen to your goals and tailor our services accordingly. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned investor, you can expect personalized attention and guidance throughout your real estate journey. 

Cutting-Edge Technology 

These days, technology plays a pivotal role in the real estate industry. Cutler Real Estate embraces the latest technological advancements to streamline the buying and selling process. We are able to quickly gather information at open houses to follow up with interested buyers. On the buying side, we set each client up with immediate access to our online platform, making it easy to search for properties, schedule showings, and even explore virtual tours for a seamless and efficient experience. 

Strong Marketing Strategies 

Exposure is key to the successful sale of your home. Cutler Real Estate employs our team with robust marketing strategies to ensure your property gets the attention it deserves. We set your home sale up for success with professional photography and eye-catching listings. We ultilize Cutler’s targeted online advertising to showcase your property to the widest possible audience. 

Are you ready to make a smart investment in your real estate future? Vutech | Ruff, Cutler Real Estate is poised to make your real estate dreams a reality. 

Finding your dream home is one thing. Your dream experience is another. Contact us to discuss.  

How to Enhance Your Curb Appeal This Fall

As the summer sun mellows into the warm and cozy embrace of autumn, it’s an opportune time to elevate your home’s curb appeal here in Central Ohio. Fall offers a unique charm with its vibrant foliage and welcoming ambiance, making it the perfect season to make your home stand out. Whether you are preparing to list your house on the market or simply vying for the most beautiful place in the neighborhood, we have some creative and practical ways to make your home look fresh and well-groomed this season. 

Seasonal Landscaping 

Ohio offers a beautiful display of changing leaves. Consider planting trees and shrubs known for their fall foliage to capitalize on this natural beauty. Maples, oaks, and sweetgums are excellent choices; their leaves turn brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow. 

Add a variety of colorful mums, asters, and ornamental grasses to your flower beds for a burst of autumn vibrancy. To create a warm and inviting atmosphere, you can also include pumpkins, gourds, and hay bales as decorative accents. 

Maintain Your Lawn 

A well-maintained lawn is the foundation of a beautiful landscape. During the fall, continue mowing your grass, but gradually lower the mower’s blade height. This will help the grass withstand colder temperatures and reduce the risk of diseases. 

Raking leaves regularly is crucial since fallen leaves will prevent proper airflow. Consider mulching the leaves or using them to create compost for next year’s garden. 

Seasonal Décor for Your Porch 

Your front porch is the perfect stage for expressing your fall spirit. Add a colorful wreath to your front door featuring fall foliage, berries, or mini pumpkins. 

Swap out your summer pillows and cushions with warm, cozy throws and autumn-themed pillow covers. Lanterns with battery-operated candles can offer an inviting glow during the darker fall evenings. 

Lighting is Important 

Proper outdoor lighting is essential for aesthetics and safety now that the days are getting shorter. Install pathway lighting to guide visitors to your front door and highlight your landscaping. Upgraded porch lights or decorative string lights can add a touch of charm to your home’s exterior. 

Remove Unsightly Debris 
Regularly clean your gutters and downspouts to prevent clogs. Sweep your driveway and walkways to remove fallen leaves and debris. Additionally, ensure that your house number is easily visible from the street, which is helpful to both guests and emergency services. 

With a little bit of creativity and a few seasonal touches, you can turn your home into a picturesque retreat.  

While the temperatures may be cooling, the real estate market is still hot in Central Ohio. If you are thinking of making a move the Vutech | Ruff, Cutler Real Estate team is ready to talk! We pride ourselves on our in-depth knowledge of the Ohio real estate market and are poised to offer our expertise to help you embrace this season of change.  

Finding your dream home is one thing. Your dream experience is another. Contact us to discuss.  

Get Packing – Tips for Moving in the Fall Months

The summer’s heat is beginning to yield to cooler temperatures as the Buckeye State transforms into a kaleidoscope of rich, warm hues. Fall in Ohio is nothing short of majestic. It’s the time when the rolling hills and picturesque countryside come alive with the fiery oranges, deep reds, and brilliant yellows of changing leaves that stretch as far as the eye can see. This time of year offers a unique backdrop for moving. There is no time like the present to move into your new home, and the team at Vutech | Ruff, Cutler Real Estate has gathered our top tips to ensure your autumn move is as smooth as the changing leaves. 

Plan Ahead for Weather Changes 

Fall weather can be unpredictable, so stay vigilant. Keep an eye on the forecast and have rain gear, umbrellas, and warm clothing on hand. Cover your furniture and boxes with tarps or plastic wrap to protect them from unexpected rain. 

Start Early 

The days are shorter in the fall, so make the most of daylight hours. Begin your moving day early to ensure you have plenty of time to unload and settle into your new home before nightfall. 

Declutter Before You Pack 

Before you start packing, take the opportunity to declutter your belongings. Donate or sell items you no longer need toreduce the amount of stuff you have to move, making the process more efficient. 

Check Your Heating System 

As temperatures drop, make sure your new home’s heating system is in working order. Schedule a maintenance check or inspection before moving day to avoid any surprises. 

Pack Strategically 

Organize your packing to have essential items readily available, like warm clothing and blankets. Label your boxes so you can easily locate items you need when you need them. 

Mind the Leaves 

Fallen leaves can create slippery conditions on walkways and driveways. Keep pathways clear during your move to prevent accidents. Pro tip: Consider a leaf cleanup before your arrival. 

Enjoy Fall Treats 

Embrace the fall spirit by taking breaks to enjoy seasonal treats like hot cider, pumpkin spice lattes, or something with a little extra warmth. It’s a great way to keep your spirits high throughout the day. 

Moving in the fall can be a beautiful experience if you plan ahead and take precautions for changing weather conditions. With a little extra time and thought, you’ll be well-prepared for a smooth transition to your new home. Enjoy the exciting journey that comes with a change of address. Happy moving! 

When you are ready to start the conversation about finding your dream home, the Vutech | Ruff, Cutler Real Estate team is ready to talk! We pride ourselves on our in-depth knowledge of the Ohio real estate market and are poised to make the moving experience a dream for you and your family. 

Finding your dream home is one thing. Your dream experience is another. Contact us to discuss.