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With our 'Sold' & 'Let Agreed' boards popping up all over town there has never been a better time to instruct Hollands & Curtis Estate & Letting Agents.
A 'top 10' checklist home owners should use when looking to sell.
When an estate agent is called to a property for a valuation, it is quite common for you (the owner) to have a range of questions and proposals for the estate agent. Some are more typical than others, but all are vitally important to you the seller. At Hollands & Curtis Independent Estate Agents we have tried to help and compile a common list of questions for the average home mover. This is to help you compare your checklist with what most others ask:
Q1)How many similar properties have you sold? At what price? A good agent should be able to evidence how they are performing in the market.
Q2)How many viewings and how long did it take to sell the properties? Again agents should know their stock inside out.
Q3)How many buyers are looking for properties like mine? Be careful, an accurate figure should be given, and maybe even a specific few buyers in mind, a generic 'we have hundreds' is not a good enough answer!
Q4)Are you a member of the Property Ombudsman (formerly known as the Ombudsman for Estate Agents)? All estate agents must belong to this Office of Fair Trading-approved redress schemes. You can check on the schemes' websites as to whether an agent is a member.
Q5)What price would you market my property for? What price would you expect me to get? What you market for and what you achieve can be two different figures, not many sell for asking price anymore.
Q6)How long is the tie in for the agency's contract? Very important, this is a keen measure of how confident the agent is on selling your home, a long contract would indicate that they think it will take a long time to sell!
Q7)How much do you charge for your service? Value for money is essential for you the seller, moving home is expensive so make sure you get a commission structure your happy with (not always one the agent is happy to get!)
Q8)Do you accompany viewings and provide feedback? Your paying the agent to sell your house, make sure they have experienced staff who accompany the viewings, and you want feedback asap, if someone is keen don't let their interest cool by having a slack agent.
Q9)How do you advertise? Typically Internet, newspaper but importantly, who is on the mailing list?
Q10)A curve ball? What??? well if your reading this far down the list then you must be serious, why not throw in a curve ball to the estate agent? Catch their attention to see if they really are thinking or giving you the 'old spiel' e.g When was the last time a customer said thank you for your service? If they take too long, it may have been a little while ago.