Selling, buying or renting a home can be a stressful, time consuming and an expensive time in your adult life. This can be made a lot more expensive, not to mention frustrating, if you have chosen the wrong estate agent.

So, how do you choose the right one?

When dealing with one of the most expensive purchases or sales you are likely to be involved with it is nice to have a connection with a real person, who you can go and visit when necessary.

There is nothing wrong with contacting a number of different estate agents before committing as this will ensure you are comfortable with the agent you have chosen and feel confident in their abilities.

When arranging to meet them, to view a property or have them value yours, take note of whether they were on time, dressed and behaved professionally as well as their knowledge of the market.

When getting a valuation of your home get more than one estate agent to value it. Hopefully, if they know the market and their clients well they will all present an offer in the same ballpark. If one is significantly lower or higher than the others ask them why this is the case and to show you similar properties which have sold or are listed in the same area.

When producing your list of potential estate agents, it is worth identifying what services each offer, and how this relates to the services that you require. When speaking with them identify what additional costs may be on top of the percentage of the final sale price.

Before choosing an estate agent ensure you have all the information on costs and services, in writing if possible, to prevent any nasty surprises later. Then make a comparison between the agents to decide which is going to work best for you and what you need when selling or buying a house.

If you want advice on selling, buying or renting a property contact the experienced staff at Moovahome, to see how we can help you.