You’ve made the decision – it’s time to sell your current home. You’ve probably done some research online and discussed your plans with friends, as well as asked around for some recommendations. Now you’re ready to choose an estate agent.
Whether you make an appointment to see them in their office or they come to you to talk about putting your property on the market, it’s more than likely the first time you’ll have met face-to-face.
You’re keen to get that ‘For Sale’ board up outside your house as soon as possible, but it’s important to be sure you appoint the right agent – one you can trust to do the best job for you. So what should you look out for? This isn’t a definitive list, but if you hear your potential estate agent say any of these, you might want to pause before signing on the dotted line…
If you’ve got a figure in mind, it’s worth keeping it to yourself at first to see if it matches the estate agent’s view. If you pitch the price too high then you may struggle to find a buyer; too low, and you could lose out by thousands of pounds.
There’s nothing wrong with doing some background research, but a good agent will have their eye on the ball and should be able to set a price – you can always discuss it if you feel the need.
But it’s definitely worth sorting out any minor jobs that need doing and making sure the outside of your property is tidy and attractive.
For an objective view, invite a friend round and ask them to look at your home with a buyer’s eye to see what they notice – this can be a good way of learning about good points as well as bad.
A good declutter can work wonders too, so if you have friends or relatives with some space, ask if they wouldn’t mind storing some of your things for a while.
Selling your home involves a huge financial transaction, so don’t be pressured into making a decision you’re unsure is the right one. Take your time and don’t rush. If an agent is trying to persuade you to agree to a quick sale, it’s not necessarily with your best interests at heart.
There are certainly times of the year when more buyers are looking – property tends to sell faster in spring, for example – but generally, stock is low and demand is high so people will always be looking for a new home.
We’d advise you to do it today – the best time to sell is when someone wants to buy, and you never know when they’re on the lookout.