Whether you are someone selling your home for the first time or you have sold many times before, the property market may feel like a daunting environment to enter now that it is starting up again. Many of the old methods and rules will have changed forever and the picture is no longer the same as it was a few months ago.
Fortunately, our expert team at Wilkinson Grant has painstakingly compiled the answers to these vital ten questions you should be asking any estate agent before your property goes on the market:
1) What steps have you taken to protect your clients from Covid-19?
There have never been times like these for moving home – for the buyer, the vendor and the estate agent. Wilkinson Grant are members of The Guild of Property Professionals (guildproperty. co.uk) and we follow strict government Covid-19 health and safety guidelines to keep clients, customers and staff safe.
Be sure that any agent you chose to work with is also following the ‘safety first’ approach when it comes to property viewings.
2) What should my asking price be?
An attractive guide price is almost always the best way of achieving the best sale price. The guide price should be set to attract the most interest from the widest pool of potential buyers, enabling your agent to negotiate the best sale price for you.
An important factor when choosing an agent is their knowledge of the area and success in selling properties like yours. Comparing the guide price for your home with the prices of unsold properties currently marketed is not always the best way to set an asking price. Frankly, this may be the reason those properties are not yet sold.
3) What selling strategy do you have?
There are different levels of service in estate agency. On the one hand, you have the “hit and hope” agents who will simply add your property to portals and hope and pray for interest. That doesn’t seem much of a strategy to us.
On the other hand, you also have strategic agents with a plan. This plan combines extensive marketing, pro-active staff who stimulate active registered buyers and enhanced internet advertising to ensure your property appears at the top of searches and is seen more by potential buyers. Wilkinson Grant places itself in this category of estate agent and we are proud of the successful track record such a professional approach brings.
4) Where will you market my property?
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