Top 10 Tips on How to Choose an Estate Agent.

Ask three agents to give advice. Are they qualified to do the job and what accreditations do they hold? Make sure each agent has done their homework properly and shows evidence of his suggested valuation. Don’t be fooled by the agent who gives you the highest valuation or offers you the cheapest fee! Look at how each agent presents other properties they have on the market, are their photographs good? Detailed descriptions with information like Council Tax banding, schools and local amenities. Do they refresh details and photos regularly? Presentation of your property is crucial to make it stand out from the crowd so ask what camera they use – does it have a wide angle lens? Is it up to the job? Do they create a floor plan as standard for your property – potential buyers love floor plans on property details when looking. How long is their sole agency agreement? Be wary of agents who ask you to agree for long periods. Make sure the agent you choose accompanies all viewings – that’s their job not yours! Will the agent put your property on all the major property portals including Rightmove, Zoopla, Prime Location and Find a Property? Is the agent open longer hours including evenings and weekends? Being able to quickly react to enquires is crucial in this market. Are you comfortable with your agent? Do you like them? Do you think they will hard to sell your property? Do you feel you can work together to get you moving?