Spring is the busiest time of year for the property industry, so you want to make sure you choose the right Estate Agent for your home, one which will give you, your home and viewers the attention they deserve.
So where do you begin? There are adverts on the TV shouting at you, pay up front, no hidden fees, and every street you seem to walk down has about 5 estate agents glaring at you. Do you walk in? Are you ready? What do you need to know?
There is no right or wrong way to select your Estate Agent, ultimately you go for the company you can afford, with the best reviews, but here are a few tips for you to consider:
- Speak to the company that sold your property to you – they obviously did something right.
- See if any similar properties in your area have been sold, and if so by which Estate Agent.
- Check on Rightmove, if you can, to see when properties like yours went up for sale, and how long they took to sell.
- Please please please contact the Estate Agent as a prospective buyer – see how they operate. I have been put off viewing several houses because of the treatment I have received as a buyer, so make sure your potential buyers are treated well.
- Do a free online valuation with Zoopla so you have an idea about what your house is worth.
- See what prices the houses in your area have sold for.
- Get at least three valuations from Estate Agents.
Marketing / Extras:
- What do you get for the money you pay them?
- It’s worth considering (if it is included in the price) asking the Estate Agent to do the viewings?
- Where will your property be marketed? Rightmove is critical as that is the most popular online search engine for property. Some offer presence on Zoopla, and others on the smaller less well known site On the Market rather than Zoopla – weigh up the options, and choose what is best for you.
- Shop windows also have an appeal – depending who may buy your property. Families / Retired people will often use a shop window approach as they are strolling down the high street.
Be ready for the questions they will ask you. If this is your property then no doubt you will have all the answers at your fingertips but there will be questions such as:
- Do you have double glazing
- Do you have central heating
- When did you buy the property
- Does your property have a garage / parking?
- Has there been any alterations to the building in the time you have bought it, extensions and the like.
- Number of bedrooms and reception rooms.
If you consider these minor details it will help you feel more prepared when entering your first valuation with the Estate Agent.
Remember, it is never too early to begin preparing for your move. Once your house is on the market you could sell within one day!