•Make sure the agent is part of the NAEA Propertymark Protected scheme.
•Make a shortlist of agents to carry out a valuation on your property.
•Question their advice and choose an agent who explains their decisions well and has lots of information about comparable sales in your area.
•Check the price and details of the contract.
•Choose someone you feel comfortable working with and who communicates well.
Getting the right estate agent is very important and will have a big impact on how quickly you sell your house, and at what price. Contrary to common thinking, not all agents are the same and some will be more effective than others.
NAEA Propertymark Protected agents will give you the assurance that your estate agent follows best practice, meets all requirements of the profession and works to industry standards. We always recommend that you use an NAEA Propertymark estate agent. They hold Professional Indemnity insurance and you will be covered by Client Money Protection to give you peace of mind throughout the sale of your house.
First of all, make a list of possible agents. Here are some tips to get started:
•Ask family, friends and neighbours for a recommendation.
•Is the estate agent selling your type of house in your area? Some estate agents specialise in specific types of properties.
•Look at online sites such as Rightmove and Zoopla and check that the estate agent has taken attractive pictures of all the important features of the houses they are selling.
•Check that it is their policy to accompany potential buyers around your house.
•Check when they work at weekends – just Saturday mornings could significantly limit the number of viewings that can be arranged.
When you have a shortlist of possible agents, go and visit their office. Are they friendly, professional and knowledgeable?