You may wonder what the advantage are of going with a solicitor estate agent, particularly with the increased visibility of online-only estate agents who market themselves as the cheaper alternative.
But is their claim that they can save you money really the case? Despite the claim of up-front savings and some offering zero commission, it could also mean that your home will not achieve the selling price that it could.
Sometimes it may be tempting to go down the cheaper online alternatives, particularly with the reports of homes selling fast and increases in average selling prices, particularly in Glasgow. However, when choosing an agent, it’s important that they don’t have a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
Selling your home is one of the most stressful things you can do, and you want to make sure you have experts who can advise you from start to finish in how to maximise your selling price, rather than a faceless, conveyor belt process. A GSPC agent won’t just help with all the legal jargon – they spend time getting to know you and your circumstances, and work with you face to face. When you make the move, you want someone who will be on your side, and the best agents have local market knowledge to help you negotiate your property.
One of the reasons online can seem to be a cheaper option is because in many cases the sellers are encouraged to arrange their own viewings, and even negotiate their own sale. Sales negotiating is a skill developed with experience, and doing this yourself could lead you to lose thousands. Instead, the property manager at your chosen solicitor estate agent will be able to guide you through any potential pitfalls.
Another thing to consider is that with an online agent, their selling fees may at first appear cheaper, but you may have to contend with extra costs such as viewing packages, conveyancing packages and their chosen surveyors, which could make the total price more expensive.