​When you decide to sell your home there are different methods you can choose. The majority of sellers use the services of an estate agent. We tell you how to choose the right one for you.

Selling your home can be an extremely stressful, difficult and costly process. Many sellers choose to sell their houses privately. This can pay dividends as it can save you a great deal of money. However, if advertised privately, your house will not reach the maximum number of potential buyers.

Most people who are selling a property choose to enlist the services of an estate agent. This ensures that your property is marketed in the most effective way.

With so many estate agents competing for your business, how do you choose the right one for you? Zevizo Properties, the online estate agent has some hints and tips to help.

Cost
Cost is a major factor in choosing the right agent. Fees on the high street range from 1% to 4% on the sale price. This can have a massive impact on your moving costs. On a typical property this could equate to between £2500 and £10000. A significant sum. If you want to save a fortune, use and online estate agent like Zevizo Properties. Online estate agents don’t have the same overheads as the high street and you are usually required to conduct your own viewings. This is reflected in the fee. Zevizo Properties will market a property, supply a for sale board and produce photos and floor plans from as little as £445 plus VAT.

Online presence
8 out of 10 buyers now begin their search for a new property online. Sites such as Rightmove and Zoopla are the starting point for the majority of property searches. Any agent must have a presence on these sites. Online estate agents are present on these property portals as are the majority of high street agencies. However there are still some high street agents that rely solely on local press advertising or the off chance of someone viewing a property in the shop window. Zevizo Properties advertise on all the major property portals.

Size
This is very much a personal choice whether you choose an online estate agent or high street agent. In days gone by the major benefits of listing with a larger company were their branch network, which attracted a larger number of buyers, and their marketing muscle. Now that property searches are conducted online this benefit has been removed. Smaller agents can often be more flexible with their fee as they are able to negotiate. Bigger companies negotiate too but they have tighter parameters. You may feel safer with a larger agent but you may also feel that a smaller agent will provide a more personal service. That very much depends on your personal preference.

Service
Regardless of the agent you choose, you want someone to return your calls, be flexible and to make good on their promises and commitments. Word of mouth plays an important role in finding out about this. You will know people who have sold recently so find out about the service they received. Also, professional companies will have testimonials on their web site which will help. Bare in mind that companies only post positive feedback they have received. There are review sites and forums where people comment on estate agents. This can provide useful information. However it is important to remember that customers are much more likely to make the effort to complain rather than praise so this might give a false impression. Either way, your initial contacts with a high street or online estate agent will tell you everything you need to know. Good companies will provide good service from the very first contact even if you choose not to list.

Trust
As an online estate agent, Zevizo Properties sells properties of all shapes, sizes, locations and values. However one thing that all our customers have in common is the need to trust their agent. Yes, listing with an online estate agent will be significantly cheaper and you will receive the same facilities and services for your money. However, most buyers have to trust an agent before they will list. In our case contacts happen over a period of months before a listing is agreed as buyers need to feel comfortable they are making the right choice. Again, that is a very personal thing. However it is always prudent to trust your gut instinct. If you do not trust the person who wants to sell your home then keep looking until you do. Selling a home is more than just a financial transaction. It is a personal relationship that can last for some time if it takes a while to sell your home or there are hiccups along the way.

Take all these factors into account when choosing your agent. We would recommend you choose an online estate agent rather than going to the high street. The facilities and services are the same but you will save a fortune. However, take time to shop around and make sure you choose an online agent that you are comfortable with and you feel is right for you and your property.

Zevizo Properties is a national online estate agent marketing properties on all the major property portals. Our fees start at just £445 plus VAT.

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