Choosing the right agent to look after your property
Choosing an estate agent to sell your house is an important first step, and we recommend starting this research early as there are several different options. Before booking your valuation you should make sure you find the agent, you believe, can do the best job for you.
There is a common perception that all estate agents are the same. This is not the case. There are local agents, online-only agents, and sole traders for you to choose from, all with different costs and benefits.
A good agent will help you to get the best value for your property, save you time and save you stress, where as a poor agent could do the exact opposite, charging you less but delivering a lower price at more hassle.
During uncertain times, it is important the estate agent you choose, you can trust to put your best interests at heart. So how do you get started to find the perfect agent for you?
Create a shortlist of estate agents
It helps if you can get the list of agents you have to choose from down to three, then invite them out to do a valuation. To do this you should:
· Ask trusted friends and family – nothing is more powerful than someone you know offering their recommendation from recent experience
· Compare local agents based on their recent reviews online. After friends and family, other consumers are your next best point of reference
· Check they sell properties like yours. In your postcode, in your value range and of your property type (Detached, terraced, flat). You can check Rightmove and Zoopla for comparison
· Look at how they market a property. Will they give you maximum exposure? Are their property photographs well taken? Do you believe they will market yours effectively?
· Always check their viewings policy. Make sure they do not charge you for extras like this. A great agent will accompany all viewings where possible to understand the buyers’ needs and sell to them accordingly.
Making your final decision
Choose an agent based on how you feel they will look after you during the entire process of the sale, not just based on fee. Many agents are optimistic with their valuation to win your business, only to reduce the price later. Make sure you are confident an agent has used comparable evidence and recent transaction examples when they give you your price.
You may also want to consider agents who offer additional services, such as sales progression, doing more to help ensure your sale goes through once an offer is accepted.
An agent who works hard on your behalf to get you the best price, can save you a lot of money in the long run. Make sure you “get on” with the valuer that comes out and you trust them. Your relationship with your agent is one of the most important things so you must feel confident they will pick up the phone when you need and help you get all the way to completion.