Choose an agent who is local, who really knows their area (rather than a national chain with token representation on your High Street). A local agent will know who your potential buyers are and they will know who to talk to and how best to market your property. They have the best chance of securing the best price within your timescales without tying you into an excessive sole agency contract. Internet-only agents often struggle to offer local knowledge as they work with reps across the country covering large geographic areas. As you know, in your area prices may differ from road-to-road.
Price it Right - Bigger is not always better
Sadly it is often common practice in the world of estate agency to over-value your property in an attempt to impress you. Unfortunately, this may well come back to haunt as you are then likely to be under pressure further down the line to reduce your price should your property not sell. Interestingly, there are also agents who will under-value your property and whilst this is likely to get you a quick sale, you may well be in a much worse state financially than you would’ve been had you chosen an agent with realistic, market-driven valuations.
Obtaining a correct valuation is absolutely vital. Choose an agent that has a thorough working knowledge of current buyer behaviours and one that quotes a figure based on properties that have actually been sold with supporting evidence/comparisons.
Make sure you choose an agent who uses a varied cross-section of media to tell people that your home is for sale. People are today making decisions quicker than ever, it is vital your photographs are impressive and capture your buyers eye, often buyers will only take the time to read the advert once, so first impressions do count.
It’s a good idea to have a plan
Not all estate agents use professional floorplans in their property particulars, yet our research has shown that buyers overwhelmingly prefer them to written information and dimensions. Floorplans allow the potential buyer to get a real sense of layout and scale and can really bring your property to life.
Our video tours are seen by thousands of people each month, spending hundreds of hours watching them on our YouTube Channel. Our videos are professionally edited, with background music and a narrative throughout, making the experience a much more pleasant and informative one.
Availability is Key
With buyer’s most preferable times to view a property in the evenings and at weekends, it makes sense to choose an agent that is open outside of normal office hours and is flexible when it comes to accommodating viewing times.
Many agencies are owned by large financial institutions that make more money from selling mortgages than they do from selling properties. This may not be obvious initially, so do some checks before giving an agent your business.
Finding a buyer is a significant stage in the selling process (obviously) but an agent’s job should not stop there. Many sales have fallen through due to poor follow-up or inadequate liaison with surveyors or solicitors. Choose an agent who will be with you throughout the entire process.
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The team (Paul, especially) were fantastic from start to finish for our sale and, despite the timing and the impacts of other factors on theJames Hickman
Paul at Beaumont Gibbs was an excellent communicator, and kept us in the loop throughout the entire house buying process. What's more heDaniel Harris
A big Thank You to Paul Allen and the guys at Beaumont Gibbs. We are so happy in our new home. It’s was so easy to communicate. Thank youLatoya & Tomas Pierce
We purchased our property that was listed with Beaumont Gibbs a number of years ago and, as buyers, we were happy with their service.Si mon