The question ‘how much does a property finder cost?’ is something frequently asked and when considering whether or not to employ the services of a property finder, most people tend to treat it as an additional cost in an already costly home buying process or a service only available to the super-rich. However, if you are short of time, moving long distance or a to a completely new area, this service could actually save you money.
For example, if you are looking to move back to the UK from abroad or from one end of the country to the other, a good property finder could save you a significant amount in travel and wasted journeys. Flights, car rental and hotel stays can quickly add up to thousands of pounds but it is hard to put a figure on the stress and frustration of multiple viewings that don’t meet your expectations.
But one of the main benefits of a good property finder with years of experience and strong local knowledge is that they are perfectly placed to negotiate a reduction in price, and increasingly they have access to property that is never advertised which you would certainly not be aware of by searching through the property portals. At County Homesearch, our fee structure is designed to incentivise our property finders to negotiate the best price possible on your behalf, so you can feel confident in our service.
So, How Much Does a Property Finder Cost?
Wherever you are in the country, all the property finders at County Homesearch base the fees for their homefinding service on the same model. While we would always prefer to have an in-depth discussion with you about your requirements and scope before quoting fees, our fee structure is either based on 1.5% of the purchase price of the property, or 15% of the saving we negotiate for you – thus providing an incentive for us to get you the best deal possible rather than just spend all your budget! This compares very favourably to some of the fees charged by London based property finders where fees can reach around 2-3%.
As well providing a comprehensive end to end property finding service, we also have a menu of shorter services staring from £450 + VAT per day. For example, if you have seen a potential property online yourself but don’t have the time to travel, we can view it for you and provide an independent assessment as to whether or not it meets your requirements. Only you can decide whether it feels like home but at least you can be sure the time required to viewing it yourself is well spent.
Another option is to help you with one or two specific parts of your search. For example, we offer area familiarisation tours and assistance with school selection / admissions. Both of which can be a valuable addition to ensure you are settling in the right area for you and your family; making the transition as seamless as possible.
After thirty years in the property finding business one thing we have learnt is that one size definitely doesn’t fit all when it comes to finding your new home. That’s why we will always take the time to discuss your needs – ideally in your current home so that we can really understand your lifestyle – and suggest a package of support that suits you and your budget.,
In summary, it is probably better to look at the value offered by a property finder, rather than the cost, it is very likely that you will be asked to pay more in Stamp Duty to the tax man who will have done very little to help you to find your dream home!
County Homesearch are a group of highly experienced property finders who work to secure you the perfect house at the best price possible. If you need more help understanding how much a property finder costs, contact us on 0333 939 8300 to discuss how we can help you.