With the fast-growing sector of ‘sell your own home’ websites expanding every day, you might be tempted to avoid the fees that an estate agent charges and go it alone when buying or selling a home. But before you do, take a look at these 10 compelling reasons why using the services of an estate agent is far more likely to lead you to a satisfactory conclusion.
You only have to look at the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ pages of a home-selling website to realise that buying or selling a home is a complex business, with many pitfalls. Estate agents are experienced in their field, undergoing years of on-the-job training to get them to a professional standard.
Moving home is notoriously stressful. According to the Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory, it’s up there as one of the most stressful things you can undergo. Add in the stress of actually having to perform the technicalities of the process, never mind simply moving from one property to another, and you have a recipe for troubled times.
- Local knowledge
Whether you’re moving locally or not, using an estate agent means you’re accessing a wealth of knowledge about your local area, homing in on a property that fits your needs and saving you money in the process.
Experts in getting the best prices for their clients, most estate agents have years of experience in negotiating their way through the selling and buying processes, saving or making you money in the long run.
Buying and selling can be tricky areas in legal terms, with certain criteria that must be satisfied if you want to stay on the right side of the law. Add any complications and the legalities can get very complex indeed. Working with your legal representative, an estate agent can steer you clear.
Remember, agents’ success is based on their reputation, so they’ll do everything they can to get a glowing testimonial from you at the end of your dealings together.
Many people forget that selling or buying takes a lot of time to do well – from advertising, taking photos, and performing viewings, through to researching the market, finding viable properties, and interacting with the other parties, the process is a large undertaking.
Estate agents have a network of existing contacts to make the proceedings run smoothly and swiftly. They also have the skills to communicate clearly, assertively, and effectively with your buyer or seller, as well as any other parties involved, taking the onus off you.
- Support and advice
Estate agents are there to help you through the difficult times and complications that inevitably arise when selling property is involved. They’ll be there – a real person, not a computer screen – when you’re finding things difficult or need reassurance.
Estate agents charge fees that are higher than many of the cowboy housing selling outfits springing up online. But for this money, they offer a wealth of experience and expertise as well as a highly valuable service. They’ll get you the best price for your home, and help you negotiate a great deal if you’re buying. In the end, you’ll probably end up better off financially (and emotionally) than if you had tried to take the whole project on alone.