As a local independent estate agent, with 10 offices across Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, we’ve valued thousands of properties since we opened our first branch in 1997.
Your home is generally your biggest asset, so when it comes to selling, it’s vital you choose the right agent, and here are some of the questions you should ask.
How many homes like yours have they sold in your area recently?
It is always advisable to choose an estate agent who actually sells property like yours in your area. Ask them to show you what they have recently sold and how long it took. We have a huge database of potential buyers and match properties to likely buyers as soon as we are instructed. Prime examples are houses we sold recently in Churchdown, Linden and Abbeymead. Our team sold those within 24 hours, before they even went live on Rightmove.
How large is their team and how experienced are they?
A single person might be a great agent, but realistically there’s only so much work any one person can do, no matter how good they are. At The Property Centre we have dedicated valuers and considerable experience in every one of our branches. Small teams will struggle to fit viewings in their diaries, and if a potential viewer can’t see your home when they want, there’s a strong possibility they’ll view something else and you’ll miss out. We make sure our teams are large enough to give your home the attention it deserves. We create a bespoke moving plan, around your specific needs and ensure we have time for you and any queries you might have.
How would they promote your home?
There’s often a big difference between agents’ packages and what’s included. Which portals do they use and can they offer you prime position at the top of the search results page? We’re on all the major portals – Rightmove, Zoopla, Prime Location and OnTheMarket and provide Featured Property positions and Premium Listings at no extra cost. What’s their website like? Is it responsive like ours? How good is their property photography? Do they offer video tours and are these additional costs? All our valuers are professionally trained property photographers and we create a video tour of your home, all at no extra cost. These are a great way for potential buyers to view your home before coming to see it in person, especially helpful now. Do the other agents use social media and to what extent? We have 1,000s of followers and lead the way locally as a forward-thinking agency in the way we use Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Our property videos attract thousands of views and are another great way for people to see your home.
Do they appreciate the key selling points of your home?
A good agent should understand your home and which features would attract potential buyers. We share our years of experience with our vendors, giving home-staging advice to ensure your home not only goes onto the market looking as good as it can, but is as appealing as possible to those looking to buy. Ultimately, we make sure we know your home. Buyers don’t react well to being shown around a home by someone who clearly doesn’t know the property and can’t answer their questions.
Are they award-winning?
We’ve won numerous Gold awards for our customer service and picked up 3 in 2019 – Best Estate Agent in the South West at The Negotiator Awards, Gold at the ESTAS and Exceptional at the Best Estate Agency Awards. Any agent can tell you they’re the best, but to have our service actually recognised as being the best by the public and the property industry speaks for itself and gives you the sure knowledge you’re getting the very best for your home and your family.
Why should you choose The Property Centre to sell your home?
Providing the best possible customer experience is at the heart of everything we do. We listen. We find out what you want, what your moving goals are and then we use our expertise to help you achieve those. We excel at negotiation and get the very best price for your home and we strive to make the whole process as stress-free as possible. It’s why our teams receive so many thank you cards – not to mention boxes of chocolates and bottles of wine! – and why we’re rated 4.9 on Feefo. Our people truly set us apart – they’ve grown up locally, live here with their families and know the areas inside out so when it comes to promoting and selling your home, no other agent is better placed than us.
If you’re thinking of selling, or you’re already up for sale, please give us a call. We’re here to help.