How to find the right estate agent for selling your property

How to find the right estate agent for selling your property

So you have followed all the steps to make your house look pretty. You’ve prepared everything for moving. Now the only real task is finding that right estate agent who will sell your home correctly.

Most people who are selling their property invite around three different estate agents to look around and give an accurate valuation, and give some advice on how to market the house. This is great as it can give you a more realistic, balanced view of the houses’ value, and will give you more insight into their pricing.

But which one should I choose to be my agent? What factors should I take into consideration?

Broadly speaking, there are three main types of estate agents: the ‘DIY’ or online estate agents, the corporate, nationwide agents and the local independent estate agents. There are positives and negatives for all of these, but asking the right questions whilst speaking to them will give you a better understanding of which type you need for your home

Questions to Ask Prospective Estate Agents

Here are some of the best questions that you could ask your potential estate agents to get a better understanding.

“What’s Your Commission?”

This does not mean that you should choose the agent with the lowest commission. Some agents that charge more will give you a much better service and would give you a better idea of what needs to happen to your home. This doesn’t apply for all agents, however it is something that needs to be considered.

“What Happens if Something Goes Wrong with my Sale?”

A range of problems can occur unexpectedly whilst selling your home. This question will give you a better grasp of how the agent would be able to handle these situations. Listen carefully to their response. It is important to know that you could take the issue to more senior management in the estate agents’ firm.

“What Marketing Do You Use?” 

Your marketing is vital to the success of moving home. The photos you use, the online content etc. The agent you choose must be competent in this, and understand how to market correctly.

“Is your Fee Payable if you don’t Sell my House?” 

Be sure that you are entering a no-sale, no-fee agreement as if you do not sell, you will not have to pay anything extra. If you decide to take your home off the market, however, there may be some extra fees that your agent will ask you to pay. So make sure that these are in writing.


These are all good questions and will give you good information, but how do you decide which one is the right estate agent for you, and will help you throughout the whole process? Here are our top five tips to help you choose the right one.

Our Top Five Tips to Help you Choose the Right agent for you

Be sure that you are entering a no-sale, no-fee agreement as if you do not sell, you will not have to pay anything extra. If you decide to take your home off the market, however, there may be some extra fees that your agent will ask you to pay. So make sure that these are in writing.


These are all good questions and will give you good information, but how do you decide which one is the right estate agent for you, and will help you throughout the whole process? Here are our top five tips to help you choose the right one.

1.      The value of homes they sell

If you now have a rough idea of the worth of your home, you should look for an estate agent that has sold houses similar to the value of yours. This will show that they are competent in selling homes that are of similar value, and may know potential buyers in this same specific value area.

2.     The fee that they charge

If you are wanting the lowest possible fee, then it may be better using a DIY estate agent. They usually charge at an upfront cost instead of afterwards, starting typically at around £850. Be wary, however, of unexpected costs that these may add onto your fee, and be prepared to do your own viewings.

3.      How competent they are at marketing

If you have looked at homes online before, you will know that the ones with good quality photos, detailed product descriptions and extra information will typically sell faster than they would otherwise. Find an estate agent who is competent in marketing and will secure you that sale.

4.      How much experience do they have?

All agents will offer a “good service”, however you need to make sure that you are choosing one that will stay by your side throughout the whole process. Choose an agent that has experience, and that is reliable enough to know that he will be there throughout the entire process.

5.      Your gut feeling

What does your gut instinct tell you about them all? You need to choose an agent that you trust, and that you have faith in that they will successfully sell your home. Choose wisely as this is the most important step in moving your home.

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