Tips for Using an Estate Agent
If you want to use an estate agent to sell your home then there’s really no way to get around some of the issues. For example, even if you get an offer and accept it straight away, you’ll still have to wait a long time before the sale goes through, anywhere from eight weeks to eighteen months. You’ll also have to pay them a fee, pay for a solicitor and incur other expenses too. If you’re looking for a fast house sale that won’t cost you a penny then a home buying company is your best bet, but if you do use an agent then make sure you follow these tips to get the best deal.
1. Get your own valuation
The more money your home sells for the more profit the estate agent will get, so they’re likely to give you a valuation that’s a little higher than market value. If you want to know what your home’s really worth then get an independent valuation.
2. Find out about fees
Before you agree to work with an estate agent find out exactly what you will be charged for the services of the agent. If they’re evasive or can’t tell you then don’t work with them.
3. Clean up
You’ve got a choice as to whether or not you decorate before a sale, but when it comes to cleaning there is no other option! A thorough deep clean is essential if you don’t want to put buyers off, which means things like woodwork, carpet cleaning and getting rid of weeds etc. in your front garden.
Although it may seem otherwise if you watch property shows, most people want a ‘turnkey’ property, not a huge job, so if you’re home needs decorating or maintenance work carried out, it’s best to do it if you want to attract the most buyers.
5. Be proactive
Estate agencies aren’t well regulated which means there’s no cut and dried rules about what they do or don’t have to do with regard to selling your home. so if things aren’t moving along then be proactive. Contact your agent regularly for updates and if you don’t think they’re doing something that they should be, tell them!
Using a Cash Home Buying Company
Home buying companies like my company can sell your home quickly and at no cost to you. If you choose a home buying company you won’t need to decorate, do maintenance or even clean. You won’t be charged anything for the company’s services and you won’t even need to clean. So get in touch for more information on the benefits of using a home buying company.