How to Choose an Estate Agent
This week I watched a tv show hosted by Cherry Healey all about owning your own home. Selling your home can be a daunting prospect. I’ve watched two friends recently sell their own homes and I can tell you first hand, it can be a stressful process.
In addition to preparing your home ready for the valuation, photographs and viewings, you need to find the right estate agent. Choosing the best estate agent for your home is essential, as they are the ones with the power to price and sell your property and knowing how to spot the right agent can be tough.
To help you choose an estate agent, here are 7 things to consider.
Read Customer Reviews
While you can research an estate agent, the best way to get a true representation of their service and reputation is to read reviews. Search online and read about customer’s experience to help you find the right agent.
Get Personal Recommendations
As well as online reviews, personal recommendations can be helpful. If your friends, family or colleagues have recent moved, speak to them about their agent. After all, who better to ask than the people you trust the most?
Research What They Offer
Online Agents like Hatched usually offer different packages at different price points, while high street agents typically offer a set service. Before choosing an agent, find out what their package includes, how they will advertise and what marketing materials they will produce.
Check Out Their Fees
Fees vary from agent to agent, but there is typically a large gap between high street and online services. For example, high street agents usually charge a fixed percentage, while online agents charge an up-front fee. However, while cheaper fees are good, it’s important not to let this cloud your judgement.
Assess Their Customer Service
In addition to the online listing or brochure, a potential buyer’s first impression is formed by their interaction with the estate agent. As such, assessing professionalism, phone manner and friendliness is important when choosing an agent.
You may be tempted to go with the agent with the highest valuation, but this may not always be the best move. If your house is overvalued, it could put off potential buyers and take longer to achieve a sale, so it’s important to be realistic when it comes to price.
Finally, but still crucial, look at the properties they are currently selling. Assess the listings: do they have detailed descriptions? Are there any spelling mistakes? Are the pictures of a high quality? Most people now search for property online, so good marketing is essential.
If you’ve decided it’s time to sell your home, then hopefully these tips help you to feel more confident when finding an estate agent. Good luck!