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Property: The common estate agent tricks you must watch out for when selling your house

“The main thing is that the house is presentable and clutter-free at key times; evenings and weekends.”

“Spending money to improve your home will be recuperated when you sell”

Putting money into big renovations will not always give a worthwhile return, the expert continued.

Tom explained: “This potentially works, but not always. This massively depends on the work done, its quality and market demand.”

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“Many properties actually look less desirable and smaller empty,” Tom said.

“Viewers can be negatively impacted as they think the seller is trying to make it look bigger, but the endeavour can work against that as without furniture, it’s more difficult to picture yourself living there when there isn’t a sofa, bed, etc.”

“All agents have the same applicants”

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Tom suggested that working exclusively with one agency can actually stop some potential buyers from finding it.

He continued: “Estate agents are very protective about their buyers and sellers.

“They market and speak to their own regularly but that simply means that other prospective buyers, who could be perfect, will never see your property as that agent won’t reach out beyond their net.

“Often selling with more than one agent increases demand.

“Each estate agency has their own pool of buyers and sellers so by choosing more than one, you’re increasing the potential people who will see your property.”

“Selling will be stress-free”

While homeowners will want the selling process to be as simple as possible, they should prepare for possible bumps in the road.

The expert added: “Of course there are ways to mitigate this process by using the best, trusted and reviewed providers.

“However, inevitably, some things will not be as straight-forward as one desires.”

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