Moving house is a stressful time for anyone, when you have to deal with finding yourself a new home while preparing your old one to be sold. The whole process is made a lot easier if you choose a good estate agent to help you sell your house. However, the choice is not always an easy one, and it is important that you do plenty of research before making it.
First explore your options. Look in local newspapers and use online search engines to find an estate agent who operates in your area. You can also get recommendations from friends or family, or simply drive round and see which agents are selling houses close to your own. Get valuations from several agents, and check that they exhibit a sound knowledge of the condition of the market, what is available, and for how much similar properties in your area are selling. Do not be tempted to choose the agent who gives you the highest valuation, as this may well be unrealistic. It is an often used ploy to attract your custom, but you will probably be forced to reduce the price later.
Good communication with your agent will be essential as you progress through the sale of your property, so choose one to whom you can relate, who is eager to work with you and to get your house sold and who will keep you updated on progress. They should never stop working to get your house sold: if there seems to be little interest, they should renew the marketing campaign with fresh ideas.
A good estate agent will ensure that you are fully prepared for the sale of your house. They will offer advice regarding finding a solicitor to assemble the relevant paperwork, and make sure that the documents are available for when a sale takes place.
If you are not happy with the work your agent is doing you want to be able to find another, so avoid committing to a long term contract and be prepared to negotiate on the minimum length. Don’t expect immediate results though: it will take a while for your agent to sell the property, although ensure that they inform you of any developments and give you reports on their progress. After the first four to six weeks, you should have a good idea whether they are getting results.
You can help your agent to promote your property by permitting them to erect a board outside your home. Spread the news that your house is on the market by telling your neighbours and friends. Allowing your agent to arrange an open house will also bring in casual viewers who may turn into prospective buyers.
So, in summary, here are five points to remember when choosing an estate agent to sell your home for you:
1. Don’t be tempted by the highest valuation
2. Find an estate agent with whom you can build a good relationship.
3. Be prepared for when the sale goes through.
4. Avoid being tied to a long term contract.
5. Promote your property yourself by word of mouth.