Property news: Beat the spring rush

If buying or selling is on the to-do list this year, January is the time when many people decide it is time to make the move before the spring rush, say estate agents Harrison Murray.

Choosing the right agent will be the key to selling your home, so it pays to do a little homework before making the selection.

Be sure to select the agent that will go the extra mile to help you achieve your goal. As well as the correct valuation on your property, there is the marketing, negotiating and progressing of the eventual sale to think about.

“Choosing the right agent is paramount if you want a stress free move,” said Nick Salmon, managing director of Harrison Murray.

“We all know that the industry can sometimes be the subject of controversy, but reputable agents like Harrison Murray adhere to professional codes of conduct and provide an expert service to buyers and sellers.”

He added: “Working with your agent and listening to their professional advice can lead to great results.”

Tips on getting the best from Harrison Murray.

- Look for the sold boards in your area, always a sign that an agent is achieving results.

- Choose an agent that takes its code of conduct and professional responsibilities seriously, as members of industry and Government-approved bodies.

- Hand over a key to your agent so they can carry out viewings on your behalf. Potential buyers sometimes want to look around at very short notice! Ask the agent if they will give you prompt feedback after viewing.

-Listen to your agent’s advice on pricing your property realistically in the current market.