You know the feeling. It happens during so many important events in life. You go on a viewing, it’s such an interesting and exciting process that you become a little flustered. You walk from room to room, loving what you see. You are enamoured and excited, so you forget to ask an important question. While you can always contact your agent at any time to gain more information, it's important to remember that your agent is an invaluable partner in your moving journey. So here are a few questions that you might not think to ask to add to your list.
If you are selling
If you are selling
- How long will it take to sell my home?
Your agent is an expert in the market and area you want to buy or sell. So, while your agent can’t look into a crystal ball, they will be able to give you a good indication of how long it will take to sell your home. Agents are also dialled into local property trends. Your home is unique and may sell quickly.
- What are the terms of your contract?
It’s important to communicate with your agent about all aspects of your move and never be afraid to ask too many questions. Different agents offer varying contracts, so it’s important to know the terms of yours. Talk to your agent about your individual requirements, and a good agent will meet your needs, and create a contract which will reflect them.
- How quickly will my home appear on the market?
A good agent will value your home at the right price and take care of all marketing swiftly, from photographs to getting your property advertised. Estate agents today have a vast database of buyers ready to buy. Add to this the vast number of home movers that agents are in daily contact with, and chances are they may already have a buyer for your home in mind. And when it’s time to accept or reject an offer, your agent will keep you on the right path.
If you are buying
- What is this area like to live in?
Whether you need to know the proximity to local transport links, schools, or places to carry out your hobbies, your agent will know. They will have sold properties and dealt with many clients in the area you want to move to or from. You will want to enjoy your new life as much as possible, and your agent will answer other key questions, such as where you can find the nearest good pub!
- Can you help me negotiate an offer?
When it’s time to make an offer, a good agent is invaluable. Their vast market knowledge and experience when it comes to judging the market and the condition of the property in question are crucial. Ultimately, it’s your choice, but with the right guidance, you can pay the right price for the home you want.
- If I improve the property, how much value will it add?
Whether you have already made some alterations or are thinking of buying a home with a view to updating it, your agent can tell you all you need to know. It could be that you are interested in making small improvements, like painting or decorating. Or you may decide on a grand design with the very latest in energy efficiency. The same goes if you add an outdoor space, a new kitchen, or convert the attic. Sometimes it’s better to get this information before you buy to see which property will give you the biggest returns.
- From your mortgage to your big move
Modern estate agents can help with every aspect of your move, from getting the right mortgage to discovering a great buy-to-let investment. You will have many questions and maybe a few concerns. Moving can be stressful and full of legal pitfalls. You want every aspect of your new home to work for you, and a good agent can make that happen while supporting you, making for a happier home-moving experience.
Contact us today to see how we can begin your successful moving story