If you are thinking about selling your house you may be considering whether to use a traditional estate agent or one of the “new breed” of online agents.
There are pros and cons to both, and we have outlined some of them in this article to help you make an informed choice.
Firstly, let’s look at online agents. Typically, you will pay an upfront fixed fee to market your house, so you know exactly what the costs are.
You may or may not have someone allocated to you as your account manager who will give advice and help you sell your property.
If your budget is very limited and you are prepared to put in some work yourself, this can be a good option.
When it comes to traditional agents, remember you pay them to sell your house – which means they don’t get paid unless they sell your property.
Experience counts for a lot, because a good agent will have an active contact list of people who are currently looking to move, possibly even selling your property before it even officially goes on the market.
Traditional agents will usually seem more expensive that online agents, but they will generally be more hands-on – they should be in contact regularly to update you on progress, they will be proactive when it comes to dealing with solicitors and will help ensure the transaction goes as smoothly as possible.
You also need to think about the long-term effect of pricing – if an agent charging more commission achieves a higher price for your property you may actually end up better off than using a cheaper agent!
In the end it all depends on what is most important for you. If saving on fees is your most important driver, perhaps an online estate agent will be best for you.
If you’d prefer proactive support in your move, aiming to get the highest price for your biggest asset, talk to one or more local estate agents.
For more advice about buying and selling property in the Bridgnorth area, visit the Nock Deighton website or call the team on 01746 767767.