Moving home is a big life event. It can be exciting and a little daunting. If you are thinking of selling, Kim Hall, Associate at WBW Solicitors, shares some practical advice for those looking to instruct an Estate Agent to market their property.
1. Do your research and read reviews for your preferred Estate Agent – are they well established, with positive client feedback?
2. Check your Estate Agent has good local knowledge in relation to the area your property is in.
3. Check the small print on all written agreements – there could be a clause to remain longer with the same estate agent than you wished and a clause to sign up to use their chosen conveyancer or solicitor rather than your own.
4. Check that your property will be marketed both locally in the paper and online, through websites such as Zoopla and Rightmove.
5. Ask your Estate Agent who could assist you in arranging an Energy Performance Certificate, gas and electrical inspections and reports.
6. Check you will receive weekly updates on the progress of your sale.
7. Where will the keys be held, do they have a local office? Are your keys held in a secure safe with the address not marked on the keys?
8. Ask for a named representative who will be dealing with your property so that you always have one single point of contact to call upon for assistance.
9. Will your Estate Agent make the relevant checks to confirm that any potential buyers are real purchasers with an ability to proceed?
10. Check the keys will be released on completion to the buyers directly from the estate agents and that you are not expected to hand these over yourself.