What’s the best way to sell your house? Selling a house is one of the most stressful life experiences, alongside having a baby, starting a new job and getting married. It is usually the most expensive asset people will ever own so the pressure of getting it right, mixed with the length of time the process takes can be very daunting.
There’s a lot to consider, not just the price you want to achieve. There’s no right or wrong way to sell your property but deciding how is one of the most important choices you’ll make. Gone are the days when you had to use a high-street estate agent to sell your house through pictures in their shopfront window, now there are other options to suit all types of client.
Do it yourself
If you are time-rich and have a keen eye for marketing, this option could save you money on estate agent fees. Big property listing sites such as Rightmove, Zoopla and On the market don’t allow private sellers to advertise but there are online platforms, like Purple Bricks and Strike, you can use to market your own home for a fixed fee. You will be in charge of taking and uploading the photos, choosing the price, organising all of the viewings of the property and managing the legalities of the sale.
Local online estate agent
For those wanting to reduce the stress of the sales process and the cost of agent fees, an online agent could be the perfect fit. Still local to the area, with an extensive knowledge of the housing market, an agent with no showroom has reduced overheads, which often translates to smaller agency fees.
The agent will come to you to assess, recommend a price, take photos and arrange all of the viewings for you, so all you have to do is make sure your house is looking its best. They will have access to all of the online property listing sites and a local contact base of potential buyers.
High street estate agent
Traditional high street estate agents are still an option, with new branches opening up all the time. They will offer the same service as a local online estate agent, with the added bonus of being able to showcase your property, in their window, to passers-by. The agent fees will vary so you will need to shop around.
The housing market is always changing, so if you’re not set on taking on the process yourself, having local estate agent market knowledge can be really helpful. Personal recommendations are always valuable, so investigate your potential agents’ feedback online.
Removing the stress from the sales process is something we actively try to combat at Hallways Estate Agents. As an independent, local online agent, we offer the personal touch and will take the pressure off you.