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So you’re thinking about selling your property. What next?
Before the dawn of the internet you only really had one option–to use a ‘traditional’ estate agent.
There are now a couple more options such as using an online-only agent or taking the even bigger step of marketing the property yourself.
Both alternatives look like offering savings on fees. BUT, and it’s a big but, there’s a huge difference between cost and value.
We suggest getting one of our directors to visit your home and provide you with an accurate valuation and also suggest you invite two other agents so you can compare approaches, valuations and to discuss your needs.
Here’s what to look out for when choosing an agent to market your property.
- Do they have a track record of selling properties like yours? Ask for evidence of homes similar to yours they have sold and achieved a good price on.
- Do they have client testimonials? A good agent will always have previous clients who will vouch for them or have positively reviewed them.
- Do you like them? You’ll be working closely with the agent you choose so it’s important that you like and trust them. If in doubt, go with your instinct.
- Fees and costs. Remember the old saying ‘If you pay peanuts you get monkeys’? Well it’s never truer than in the world of estate agency. Those agents who offer very low fees are often desperate for instructions so they go in very low. Agents work off commission so they need to feel your property is worthwhile for them to work hard and achieve a successful sale.
- Where do they advertise? Increasingly buyers begin searching on the internet. So ask the agents where they advertise. It’s also worth asking an agency how its marketing strategy differs from its competitors. What makes it stand out from the crowd?
- Do your homework. Check how the agents are currently presenting properties. Are the photos of good quality? Do the descriptions make sense?
- What kind of contracts do they offer? Ask the agents about the length of their standard contracts. Usually it’s three months although it's worth noting we are so confident in our abilities we do not tie clients into long term contracts.
Thanks for reading and if you have any property related questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us – we’d love to help you.
Jason Parker, Director
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Hello and welcome to our new blog which will be a weekly feature on our website and Facebook page.
We’ll be sharing our expertise and knowledge on the property industry in Swindon and giving you plenty of useful tips and advice.
As it’s our first blog I thought we should cover first impressions. When it comes to selling or letting a property first impressions are hugely important.
When putting your home on the market have a good look at your front door. Does it need a lick of paint, a good clean or is your old welcome mat not very inviting? It’s one of the first things potential buyers will see so try to make it as attractive looking as possible.
I read a report once that stated homes with red front doors sold faster than those that didn’t. Now I’m not sure I’d agree with that but I have seen potential buyers dismiss a property within 15 seconds based on what they saw from the outside.
This kerb appeal is a lot easier to achieve than most people think.
By following these simple steps you should be able to create a really strong first impression.
- Make sure your front door and windows are clean.
- Your front garden, if you have one, needs to be tidy and well kept.
- A fresh lick of paint to the property’s exterior is always a GREAT investment when selling.
- If you have a driveway get it cleaned and remove any weeds.
- A good quality, old fashioned Welcome mat always goes down well.
We’ve sold thousands over the years and the above advice always stands the test of time.
We hope you enjoyed our first blog and that it’s made a good impression on you (see what we did there?).
Thanks for reading,
Jason Parker, Director