21 Jan How to sell your house online this year – and why you still need an estate agent
How to sell your house online this year – and why you still need an estate agent
The business of selling homes – as with every other type of industry – has moved online and selling or buying a home in Buckinghamshire is no exception.
Vendors now have a bewildering choice of websites to market their properties on, with zoopla.co.uk and rightmove.co.uk being the major ones.
The homebuyer’s first port of call nowadays is online.
What does that mean for us estate agents? Do you still need us?
Zoopla chief executive Alex Cheterman, quoted in The Times last year, thinks you do – and here at Place, we agree. Of course we do, I hear you say, and sure, it’s in our interest to say this, but there are very good reasons why we believe you’ll always need estate agents like us to sell your home.
Do they need to have an expensive high street office? Not any more. The money spent on an office should be spent marketing your home.
5 reasons why still need an estate agent to sell your home – online
Yes, there are many sites out there now where you can try to sell your own home – and many try in the hope of saving money. But if you want to go down this route, you better have lots of time on your hands and hair on your teeth – because it won’t be an easy ride.
Local area experts
Even though we don’t have an office, we’ve all worked as estate agents in Rickmansworth, Beaconsfield, Gerrards Cross, Chafont St Peter and Chalfont St Giles for many years – and we know the market inside out.
If you were to invite us to do a valuation, we’d probably be able to tell you what your house should sell for and what you’re likely to get in five seconds flat.
Sure, you can get lots of info about how much properties in your area sold for online, but vendors often don’t know the full story or get carried away and take chances with unrealistic prices which can cause a house to linger on the market and lose value in the eyes of the buyer. Once your house has a reputation for lingering– you’ll have real trouble getting your price.
Do you really want to conduct your own viewings?
Really? Fine, then get ready to rush back from your job, the supermarket or the school run to let complete strangers into your home, who will probably tell you the children’s bedroom has a weird smell or your recently fitted kitchen is really old and dated.
Not all online agents offer viewings, but we believe it’s one of the most important parts of selling a home. Again, nothing beats industry experience and expertise when it comes to ensuring a home looks its best and dealing with demanding requests and obnoxious comments.
Also, we’ll be available when you can’t – while you’re at work, away on holiday or doing a yoga class in the evening. Now, isn’t that worth paying for?
Quality photographs sell houses – particularly online
So, your mate got a camera for Christmas and has offered to take a few snaps of your home, but in our humble experience unless you’re prepared to fork out a good sum for decent quality photographs that show off your home to its fullest advantage, you’re wasting your time. By the time you’ve paid for those photographs and worked out where to use them to get the best results – you’ll have spent more than our fees!
Getting the word out
Reputable estate agents – those registered with the National Association of Estate Agents and do check, because not all of them are, will spend a big proportion of their budget on ensuring your home gets decent coverage on the big name portals such as Zoopla and Rightmove. We have gold membership on these sites.
Negotiating the best deal
Unless negotiating deals and driving a hard bargain is part of your job description, don’t even think about doing this yourself.
We’re a bunch of nice girls – but we know when to show our teeth and can turn into a pack of rottweilers if we need to – to get the best deal for you.
This skill – honed after years in the business – alone – is worth you paying our fees.
If you do decide to go it alone, let us know how it goes – and we’ll eat our hats if you get a better price.
If you don’t want to go it alone and you’re trying to sell your property in Rickmansworth, Chalfont St Giles, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross or Beaconsfield, give us a call for a free valuation today.