House selling is up there with death and divorce as one of the most stressful events most of us will ever face. However, there are ways to make the whole process less pressurised and ensure that, as a seller, you get the best deal possible.
Going it alone or using an estate agent?
Tempting as it might be to market your property yourself, it’s important to remember that this option will involve a lot of leg work. Not only will you have to photograph the interior and exterior of your property to its best advantage and write the marketing materials, you will also have to ensure it is seen by potential buyers and show them around. This is trickier than it sounds. An estate agent’s shop window, internet site, and publicity deals with local and national newspapers are easy ways to get your property in front of people who might want to buy it.
Choose your estate agent carefully
If you decide to use an estate agent, have a look around your neighbourhood to see which estate agencies are selling similar properties to yours and check them out online. Do their websites look professional? Do they have a presence on Rightmove, Zoopla and similar websites? This should help you come up with a shortlist. Phone three or four and ask them to come out and look at your property. Good estate agents in Bath, Birmingham, Bromley or elsewhere should be responsive and quick to come out. However, if you are unlucky enough to receive poor service from an estate agent, the Property Ombudsman may be able to help.
When comparing valuations, remember that some agencies overvalue to try and secure your business. You also need to factor in the commission rates each agency proposes. Although many agencies, such as http://www.pritchards-bath.co.uk/, understand the importance of being as competitive as possible, not all do. Remember, too, to have a chat with the agents from your shortlisted agencies. You want someone who’s both professional and competent.
Finally, read the contract carefully. You want it to include a time limit, so you can switch agencies if you’re unhappy with the service, and you do not want to be committed to paying anything until you have completed on the sale of your property.