Deciding to sell your property is a big step. Deciding which Estate Agent to use is an even bigger decision. Get it right and the moving process can be simpler, quicker and stress-free. Choose badly, and it could end up costing you money, time and hassle.
At Iles & Jenkin we have over 20 years of experience of selling homes, so here’s a list of the five most important things to consider when choosing an Estate Agent:
1. Create a shortlist of local Agents
Build a list of about five Agents, then start checking them out. Some of the questions to get answers to include: Do they have good Google Reviews? Which websites are they on? Do they have a High Street Office?
2. Pop in
Once you’ve done your initial homework it’s a good idea to visit each Agent in person so pop into their office. This way you’ll see if you can build rapport with them and also how they treat people face to face. If you like what you see, feel and hear, invite them around to give you a valuation
3. Valuation time
When the Agent visits to conduct the valuation using the opportunity to ask them lots of questions - don’t be shy! Ask about their fees, terms and conditions and how they’ll make your property stand out from the rest. Things to look out for here include; punctuality, professionalism, local area knowledge and if you actually like them. The last point is an important one as you’ll be working closely with them if you decide to instruct them.
4. Ask for evidence
When an Agent says your home is worth £x, ask him or her how they’ve reached that figure? Also, ask them for proof of comparable properties they have sold in the area within the past three to six months. At this point, a good Agent will have no problem with also putting you in touch with clients who have used their services in the past.
5. Decision time
Once you’ve taken everything into account, let the winning Agent know. This is the beginning of a long term partnership between you and the Agent as you will need to work well together to achieve both your goals - for you to sell your home and for them to earn their commission!
So, as you can see, there is a lot to think about and a lot of questions you need to ask. At Iles & Jenkin we are confident that, given the opportunity, we will answer them all correctly and most importantly, honestly and transparently.
So, call us today, and let’s start making your move happen!
'Your Property, Our Priority'