Using an online agent can simplify the selling process and for those looking to relocate this will be the prime benefit above any potential cost savings, which providers claim are significant compared to the high-street competition, writes Joanne Hunter.
From packing up and shipping out all your belongings to saying farewell to friends and family, relocating for professional purposes can be a very difficult and trying time.
And when the moving process involves the selling or letting of your existing property, you are faced with yet another complex task to complete, hopefully before you leave for your new destination.
But rather than going through the usual rigmarole of finding a letting or selling agent that offers a competitive rate, an option that can speed up and simplify the entire process is to sell or let your home through an online estate agent.
It’s a logical solution. After all, these days, most people thinking of moving turn to the web as their first port of call to research the market. Some 90% or more of prospective buyers hunt for properties in their price-range say online estate agencies, which are part of a burgeoning sector in the UK.
Online estate agents advertise properties across some of the UK’s most popular property sites, increasing the chances of finding a suitable buyer or tenant before you depart.
With a huge market reach within the UK and across the globe, a further benefit is a clear cost structure.
For example, online agent myonlineestateagent.com says it sets a one-off fee for helping clients to advertise their property, carry out a valuation and screen potential buyers or tenants. It won’t ask for any commission and promises “not to sting you with any last minute fees or charges”.
It may come as a surprise but online providers, just like their high-street counterparts, give a personal service that includes face-to-face meetings at the vendor’s home. This is highlighted by housesimple.co.uk, which says it follows through with professional photos, floorplans and sets up viewings.
All of which leaves you free to take care of the rest of your moving tasks in peace.
Look out for the property feature in the Spring issue of Re:locate Magazine.