Paul Long (Director & Author of The Sidcup Property News) discusses the important things you should consider when choosing an estate agent to sell your property:
To help you choose the best estate agent to sell your property, there are a number of questions you should ask to give you the best chance of selling your home quickly and at the best possible price. These questions include:
Do they come recommended and what are their reviews like?
As with most services, a firm recommendation from a family member or friend can be one of the most useful things to consider when choosing an estate agent and perhaps should be considered the most important. A good recommendation should be a good indication of the professionalism and performance of an estate agent and in a service industry this is most important. There are now a number of online review web sites for estate agents where the public can review and rate their own experience with estate agents. It would be a good idea for anyone choosing an estate agent to check the performance of any company they are considering using on these web sites first. Sites such as allagents.co.uk, google reviews and referenceline.com are well established sites that can be used.
Has the agent been successful in selling similar properties to yours?
There is no point instructing an estate agent that mainly sells small terraced houses if you have a large detached house, it`s worth looking for an estate agent that has a good track record of selling similar properties to yours. Are they currently advertising similar properties like yours? Have a look on their web site or web sites like rightmove.co.uk and zoopla.co.uk to see what they are selling. If they are selling similar properties the agent should have applicants already registered looking for property like yours.
Do they advertise on the two biggest property websites?
This may not seem like an obvious question to ask, but with nearly 90 per cent of buyers starting their property search online, your property can`t afford to be missing. Check that the agent appears on both of the two biggest property portals rightmove.co.uk and Zoopla.co.uk and not just one as this could result in much less exposure for your property.
Do they present properties to a high quality?
Check the details of the properties they are currently selling. Are the pictures of a high stand? Are their properties presented as attractively as possible? Are the descriptions accurate and most importantly how do properties present on their own web site? You should have confidence that the agent you choose will present your property in the best possible light.
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