When should you invite an estate agent to see your home?

If you’re having conversations with your nearest and dearest about the possibility of selling your home, and moving on, how do you decide when to invite an estate agent into your discussions?  Maybe you’re worried you’d be wasting an agent’s time, or that you’d feel pressured to put your home on the market right away. After all, if you ask most estate agents when would be a good time to put your home on the market, the answer will invariably be ‘now’. But that isn’t always the right advice.

 

When should you ask an estate agent to come and see your home?

The sooner, the better. Phil and Sam often get asked to appraise, evaluate and assess a home’s suitability to go on the market now, or whether it should be at some time in the future. Through a detailed process of discovery, we determine the motivations and key factors that could influence their decision, identify exactly what they want to achieve, and gauge the homeowner’s motivations for waiting, or selling now. Without all the information to hand, we’d be like a doctor prescribing a headache pill, having no idea as to the symptoms and the cause of a headache. We can diagnose the situation you’re facing and prescribe exactly the right course of action for you, with your specific set of challenges and goals.  Every situation is different, and every person is unique. That’s why we take the time to talk to you in depth about exactly what you’re hoping to achieve, and understand the journey you’ll be taking along the way.

We bring experience, knowledge and creative thinking to the issue, and these attributes are vital if you have some tricky obstacles to face in the coming months or weeks. Maybe you live in a home that you know needs some work, but you’re not sure if you should rectify the issues, or leave them for the new buyer to address. You don’t want to leave money on the table, but nor do you want to invest in work that will pay you no return.  That’s where we can help you. There’s a world of difference between selling your home as a project, and selling it in move-in condition. Not only do we need to position a home appropriately in its marketing, we also need to avoid low offers, haggling and a lack of initial interest, that can see a home on the market for too long, and ultimately achieving too little. 

 

Do you have Yorkshire tea?

We understand that homeowners need time to make sure their decision is the right one for them, and any of the family members that may be involved. They need to know we are patient and ready to guide, but not pressure. It’s a fine balance, but when you care as much about clients’ happiness as we do, it’s what we aim for, every day in AshdownJones.

So whether you’re thinking of selling now, next month, or next year, or perhaps even never, we’re here to help. Over a cup of Yorkshire, we’ll listen to your plans, hopes and dreams, and only then, share our thoughts and ideas with you.

You’re not wasting our time. You’re asking for impartial advice when you need it most.

And that’s what we’re here for.

Sam and Phil

Sam: 07812 794967

Phil: 07792 036444