Making the decision to sell your home and move is a big one.
Whatever the reason whether it’s downsizing, needing more space, wanting a better area, or to be closer to excellent schools it’s life changing.
Once you’ve made the decision to move you have another big question to address.
How do I sell my home for the best price possible within the shortest period?
We recommend getting estate agents to visit your property to give you a valuation and to find out what their commission fee is.
It’s at this point you need to consider perhaps the biggest question when it comes to selling your home.
Are you going to choose an estate agent based on their commission fee or the sale price they are saying they can achieve for you?
At this point it’s worth remembering the 19th century poet and writer, Oscar Wilde’s quote about someone who always went for the cheapest option, no matter what: “They know the price of everything, but the value of nothing.”
And this is worth considering when instructing an estate agent to sell your home.
On one hand a DIY on-line agent can come in and say they will only charge you, let’s say a fee of £999 for example.
While another full service agent says they would charge 1 per cent commission on the sale price they achieve.
And for example’s sake let’s also say your property is valued at £300,000.
There are two things to ask yourself here– the first DIY agent has offered a flat fee of £999 – that’s regardless of whether your home sells for the offered price or less. Where is the incentive for them to negotiate and fight your corner to make sure you get the full asking price and not £280 – £290,000? That’s literally nothing to them but to you it’s a heck of a lot more money in your bank.
The agent working off a percentage, as we do, has a huge incentive to get you the asking price or more.
Which is something we at Forbes Estate Agents pride ourselves and our track record shows.
In a nutshell a flat fee on-line agent may seem a cheaper option at first – but when you investigate it the agent working on a commission can will you a better selling price putting potentially thousands of pounds extra into your pocket.
One question we get asked regularly from our clients is, ‘How much will it cost to sell my home?’ yet that’s not the most important question, the better question is, ‘How much will I actually put in my pocket at the end of the sale?’
Contrary to some public opinion, not all estate agents are the same.
You and your home are important to us, at Forbes we believe we offer excellent value and customer service as we regularly achieve the best possible prices for our client’s homes which we would love to have a chat with you about if you are thinking of selling.
So, thanks for reading and if you are thinking of selling or buying we’re here to help you with your next move.