With so many estate agents in Bradford to choose from, how do you pick the right one for you?
When you make the decision to sell your Bradford property, your first step is to find out how much it’s worth. Your first contact with your estate agent will usually be to ask them for a valuation. We suggest asking three Bradford estate agents to value your property.
It might be tempting to immediately accept the highest offer, but before you do, consider these points too. They’ll help you make a better choice.
What wider services do they offer?
It may be that the one and only thing you want from your Bradford estate agent is that they sell your property. But what if you need more? What if you need mortgage advice? Do you already have a solicitor? What if, before you start inviting people to view your property, you need cleaning or maintenance work carried out and you don’t have the time or inclination to do it yourself?
Our independence enables us to be more than an estate agent. We’re your moving partner – and from first valuation to helping you arrange the removal vans, we can help make life easier every step of the way.
What do you get for your money?
Estate agents operate a range of fees – sometimes flat rates, sometimes based on the sale value of the property. Compare services, and ensure that when it comes to comparing fees, you compare what you get for your money too.
Do they know the area?
You just can’t beat local knowledge. Local knows the market intimately – and uses experience, not algorithms, to reach valuations. Local can arrange meetings and viewings in person. Local knows the legal team who can make your sale move quicker. And when you’re looking to move on, local knows the latest properties on the market, the latest developments and the developers.
What’s the relationship like?
Property is the highest value sale most of us will ever make. So it’s important to feel confident in your Bradford estate agent – that they have the ability and experience to do what they say they will. That they will keep lines of communication open throughout the process. And that they care about selling your Bradford property. Because if they don’t care, they won’t put in the effort that’s needed to get results.
It’s also important to feel some rapport with your estate agent, because it’s a lot easier to work with estate agents you can talk to.