Happy 2020, it’s the start of a new and exciting year ahead, and if you’re like most people, you’ll already have set some New Year’s resolutions to follow for the year ahead, you may want to exercise more, lose weight, or even save money, but why set unachievable goals, why not set a realistic goal and kickstart 2020 by bagging that dream home you’ve always wanted.
Here at Check 4 Houses, the first few months of a new year is always a busy period for us, undertaking lots of new property valuations, with local residents keen to get their properties on the market ready for Spring. Perhaps you’re looking to add an extra bedroom, a bigger garden, downsize or even move to a new area for schools, or a new job. Whatever the reason for moving, we know that it can be both an exciting and stressful experience that’s why we’re on hand with vast experience and local knowledge to help you make the right move.
Taking the plunge, where do you start?
Having set up Check 4 Houses over nine years ago, we’ve managed all types of property sales, from quick and simple to the long and complex, from properties that sold within less than 24 hours to those deals that took over a year to complete. We strongly believe the most important first step in the house-buying process is finding the right agent to sell your home. By finding the right agent,you’ll not only achieve the best price for your existing home, but it may also save you thousands of pounds, leaving you with more to spend on your new property.
Our top tips for choosing the right agent to sell your home
Obtain at least three valuations from different agents before making a decision.
Don’t be tempted by the highest valuation there is no guarantee they’ll be able to deliver it. Choose a flexible agent that is open seven days a week, to allow weekend or evening viewings to suit your prospective buyers. Check the agent offers wide-angle photographs to show off your home in the best light.
Cast the net wide to gain the maximum exposure for your property
Make sure your agent advertises on the leading property websites including Rightmove, Zoopla, and Primelocation. Don’t just put your house on the market with an agent because you’ve viewed a potential property through them, it may seem convenient but may not be the best solution.
Negotiate the selling fee
A little negotiation can go a long way and can save you money. Don’t pay more than 1% in selling fees. With online property portals continuing to shake up the property industry, you can sell your home for as little as 0.5% or £699 + VAT.
Check the small print
Do not sign a contract for more than eight weeks, as you may run the risk of being stuck with an underperforming agent. So read the terms and conditions to confirm what is and is not included or expected of you. Most importantly, don’t be rushed or pressured into a decision. Take your time to understand the facts and make the right choice for you. Don’t believe the agent’s own success stories, research their reputation online, ask friends and families who they would recommend.
If you are looking for any more advice or a free valuation of your home, then please give us a call on 01252 819725, we would be delighted to help.