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Choosing the right agent to sell your property

Your home, in most cases, is likely to be your most valuable asset.

Therefore, choosing the right agent to market your property and see the process through to completion is an important decision to make. While the agents' fee and valuation of the property are important factors to consider, there are some other questions that should be asked before choosing your agent. For example, does the agent have sufficient local knowledge? Here are a few more important points to consider:

Does the agent take high quality photographs?

Before instructing an agent, have you seen a sample of their previous photographs? This is a great way of visualising how an agent will present your home; are the photographs bright, relevant and show off space? Making a good first impression is key to getting people to view your property. Rooms that look cluttered and dark are likely to put off potential viewers.

Are you using an online or local agent?

Have you asked yourself who would be interested in buying your property? The likelihood is they already live on the Wirral, or even in your local area! While online agents in most cases are cheaper, a local agent who understands the market is more likely to find the right buyer and maximise your chances of securing the best possible price.

How long will it take to sell your property?

Does the agent have a proven record of securing a sale for your type of property? Alongside achieving a high percentage of asking price, agents should be proactive in sourcing a buyer following initial launch on platforms such as Rightmove. Can your agent demonstrate how quickly they normally sell a property?

What percentage of an agents’ stock is currently under offer?

You want to be sure that the agent you choose is effective at selling properties too. Reputation can often be built on board presence in a particular location – but how many of these are showing as ‘sale agreed’? To be sure your agent is selling properties in your area, try the easy tip on the back page to calculate this using the Rightmove website.

As leading Wirral estate agents and lettings agents we have plenty to talk about and like to give our opinions on a few things too! Read about what we have to say, our latest news and industry news.