How Should I Choose an Estate Agent?

“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.” – Red Adair

So the election is out of the way and Cameron is back in no.10.  Historically there has been an uplift in pricing following the last few elections and with the continuing lack of stock and buyer demand I would have thought that the same trend will follow for this election.  A strong sellers market does create its own unique issues for the sales market as estate agents struggle to complete chains due to unavailability of property and sellers reluctant to go into rented accommodation as the market rises.  I am often asked what we do for our money and I think in a busy market this is especially true, but this is where a good estate agent truly earns their fee.  Our biggest job is to ensure smooth and constant communication to all parties, so no-one enters into any agreement without a clear understanding of each other’s expectations.  Just google Sewell & Gardner Testimonials for some of the feedback we have received over the last 13 years of trading or click the image below to watch our clients talk about the service they received.

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Click this image to see what our Chorleywood clients have to say about us

So how to choose your agent?  Why not mystery shop them before you look to appoint, go on a couple of viewings, see if they call to confirm the appointment, turn up on time, with a set of the details, are they knowledgeable about the house they are selling, are the aware of what you are looking for and sell the benefits of the house to you, do they follow up afterwards and ask you what you thought and stay in touch with relevant properties rather than just anything on their books.  If you don’t get the service you were expecting then others won’t if you use that agent to sell your home.  We can all say we will do all sorts of amazing things, but the proof is in the pudding.


Thanks, Alex.

Alex Sewell