We have successfully sold many thousands of homes since the Company was formed in 1894 and every single client and every single property transaction is just as important to us now as they were then and no house is ever identical.
We are often asked how we arrive at the value of somebody’s home. It is certainly not an exact science but comes from our long experience in our industry and the data that we have at our fingertips. We first of all take into account any similar properties we ourselves have sold; adjusting for size, location, condition etc. We do this first because we know these homes well and how they compare to your home. We then look at data of homes sold through other agencies and again we use them as comparables. We use a mixture of completed sales, homes that have been sold subject to contract and properties currently available in the market, market trends, and of course we take into account extensions, improvements, such as new kitchens, bathrooms, and the size of your garden and whether it has been landscaped and the aspect and indeed anything else that we think may add value.
We know of some agents who simply value high to impress the owner and gain the instruction and then persuade their clients to enter into a long sole agency contract. This never works, our valuations are always what we believe we will achieve although sometimes we would suggest asking a slightly higher figure to test the market depending on your own personal circumstances.
You should choose the agent whose reputation you are most comfortable with and then tell them the price that you would like to achieve rather than choosing the agent that simply values the highest in order to gain the instruction.
We have been voted the “Best Estate Agent in Essex” by the Daily Mail in 2006, 2008 and again in 2009 and we received the highest accolade possible in being chosen as the “Estate Agent of the Year” by CARTUS the premier provider of relocation services worldwide in 2009.
If you would like a valuation of your property by an experienced estate agent please call your nearest branch or simply complete the contact form.