Before you settle on any particular property finder, we recommend doing a degree of background research. If it’s not possible to arrange a face-to-face, maybe due to time or location, at least try a conference call. Don’t simply rely on sending emails back and forth, as it can be hard to get a sense of someone’s personality or character that way. To help get you started, these are our tips for choosing a UK property finder.
Our Top Tips For Choosing A UK Property Finder
Quality Of Their Local Network
Quite often in property finding, it becomes a case of who you know. The more well-connected a property finder is, the greater the likelihood that they will hear about so-called ‘off-market properties’. These are simply properties that are either not advertised publicly, whether that’s online or in an estate agents, or sell quickly before they can be. A seller’s reasons for keeping their property sale private can vary widely, from wariness of media attention to specialist facilities. However, estate agents and sellers will pass information on to trusted property finders as they know that their buyers are serious and committed individuals.
One of our top tips for choosing a UK property finder would be to find one who lives in the area they represent. Such individuals will be able to provide you with more detailed and accurate insight into what might actually be like to live there. They’ll be able to talk to you about the quality of the local schools, transport networks, healthcare, leisure facilities and shopping.
Testimonials From Past Clients
A quick way to establish whether a property finder lives up to their own marketing is to ask for references or testimonials from previous clients. These comments will help give you a better idea of what the experience is like, and how useful clients felt that the property finder had been. At the end of the day, you’re trusting this professional to provide you with expert advice and guidance on a major purchase. You have to feel confident that you can trust their opinion and negotiating tactics.
At County Homesearch, our fee structure is set up in a way that incentivises our property finders to secure the best price possible for a property. Our fee is calculated one of two ways:
- 1.5% of the purchase price (+VAT), or
- 15% of the saving negotiated (+VAT) if greater.
This ensures that our property finders work hard to secure you the biggest saving possible.
Recommendations For Other Services
Whilst property finders can provide a number of services, including homefinding, area familiarisation visits, a property preview service or school support, there is a limit to our talents! That’s where our extensive networks, built up over years of experience, come in. We can not only recommend you excellent surveyors and solicitors, but also those services that you’re going to need once the sale has gone through. It could be movers, interior decorators, utility providers or more. Whoever you need to hire, we can put you in touch.
Now you’ve read our tips for choosing a UK property finder, why not get in touch? At County Homesearch, we offer a complete end-to-end property finding service as well as the option to just select elements. Contact us at www.county-homesearch.com or call 0333 939 8300.