The internet has revolutionised the way homes are bought and sold in the 21st century, and though the rise of the online estate agent is prevalent, the traditional estate agent continues to offer the more bespoke, tailored and personal service.
Take the viewings process, for example; a traditional agent will supervise applicants who visit your property, leaving you time to deal with life’s other challenges - whereas you’ll be forced to carry out the viewing process alone should you choose to sell up with an online agency.
This is of course not ideal if you don’t possess the professional touch needed to negotiate the best possible price. This, and the fact that you’ll be allowing strangers into your home unsupervised, which in itself is a potential risk.
Although there are savings to be made by using an online estate agency, many landlords still prefer to deal with their estate agent face-to-face in order to receive a higher level of customer service.
Online agents still offer the capacity to provide customer service via telephone and e-mail, but traditional agents have the added benefit of being able to offer clients the personal services of on-site valuations and accompanied viewings.
The potential to save money by choosing at online estate agent will tempt many a home seller, but it typically involves preparing details, taking photos, conducting viewings and progressing the sale independently. You may save money, but you will certainly have to work for it!
Ultimately, then, handing over the initiative to a fully-qualified, experienced traditional estate agent will give you peace of mind during a period of time when that is exactly what you’re likely to need!