Selling your home can feel daunting, but a great estate agent will smooth the process and achieve the best price possible for your property. Here’s how to choose the estate agent that’s right for you.
1. Do your homework
Personal recommendations are a great place to start, so ask around. A good estate agent will really know their community and the people who live there, and they will have a vested interest in improving it.
Once you have some names, go online and look at how they present other properties. Are the pictures professionally taken, with clear and relevant descriptions? A good agent will invest in marketing to ensure your property stands out, is attractive to buyers, and gets the best price.
Consider costs – how are their fees structured? A fair estate agent will have a simple and completely transparent fee structure in place with no hidden costs or unnecessary admin charges. They should be happy to share this with you upfront.
We charge 1% plus Vat, including all marketing costs.
2. Questions to ask
Presentation: Estate agents should ensure your property is presented in the way that you want. Do they let you approve all descriptions and images before the property is marketed? Can they assist you with the presentation of your property before viewings by prospective buyers? Will they provide you with free home staging consultations to make sure that your property shows well?
Marketing: Which online portals are they using? Zoopla, Rightmove and Primelocation are the main sites that buyers use to search for properties. Estate agents pay large fees to market properties on these sites, and even more for premium listings – are they going to do this for your home?
Opening hours: A surprising number of agents only work during the week, which means they are less accessible to potential buyers. Are they willing to work outside of office hours to accommodate your schedule as well as potential viewings?
Viewings: A good agent will have familiarised themselves with your property before doing viewings, so that all questions can be answered confidently and accurately. Check that they will accompany potential buyers during viewings. How much notice will they give you when bringing a potential buyer to your property?
Feedback: You should have contact with staff after each viewing. What system do they have in place to provide you with feedback? If negative feedback is repeated, will they give advice on improvements that may help? Can they provide trusted tradespeople and quotes for any suggested work?
Professional oversight: Do they have any estate agency or sales qualifications or are they members of an accredited independent ombudsman service?
3. Making your choice
Do they come across as honest and open? A good estate agent will want to give you a fair and competitive service, so they should ask you lots of questions and listen carefully to you. You should feel confident that the figures they provide you are well-considered and realistic, and backed up by clear evidence.
Finally, do you are you able to build a good rapport with the agent? Selling your home is a momentous occasion. The estate agent you choose should be someone you would like to work with and who you feel has your best interests at heart.
We’re here to help
Here at Urban Village Homes we pride ourselves in giving exceptional and friendly service that puts you in the driving seat. If you’re thinking of selling your home and want to know what you could achieve for your property, give us a call on 020 3519 9121 or click here for a free instant online valuation.
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