How can you ensure you work with the best Guildford estate agents?

Whether you are looking to buy or sell in the area, working with the very best Guildford estate agents can streamline the process considerably. Moving home can be a little overwhelming, particularly as you try to compete in such an in-demand, affluent location. So, it’s crucial you invest the time into finding the right, local estate agent for you. But, how do you know you’re working with the very best in the area?

There are a lot of different options out there for those selling their property, so when you begin hunting for the right estate agent, it’s almost inevitable for you to feel a little lost. Today, our Guildford Seymours team will be taking you through the insider hints to ensure you are fully informed when it comes to making your decision, and ultimately feel confident in your chosen estate agent’s ability.

Property for sale in Guildford: What should you be looking for from Guildford estate agents?

There are several different factors to consider when selecting an estate agent – wherever you are located. But, with Guildford in particular, it’s essential you work with a local, established agency that can highlight the unique selling point of your property in such a competitive housing market. Yes, it’s a great spot for capital commuters, but it’s also so much more than that! You need a professional that knows the area inside out to showcase the area’s true value, allowing you to achieve the best possible sale price, in less time.

Let’s delve into our handy guide, highlighting what it is you need to be looking out for when searching for your Guildford estate agents…

Marketing your property in the area

Guildford is a popular area for commuters looking to escape the crowded streets and sky-high prices of the capital centre, whilst remaining just 40 short minutes away. However, it’s also ideal for young families in search of a vibrant community, wide-open countryside and exceptional educational establishments to suit all ages. There really is something for everyone in Guildford with a range of properties dotted across the area but, of course, several properties may be marketed in the same way within this area which may lessen your competitive edge.

Innovation within housing marketing methods, therefore, is essential to look out for when searching for Guildford estate agents. It’s not enough for your agency to be doing the same as everyone else! There are a variety of creative tools that estate agents can be utilising from traditional print to modern social media. Visibility sells homes, and failure to stand out from the crowd could have a negative effect on the timescale of your house sale – not to mention the final price achieved.

Meet the team

It’s likely your property sale will last at least a few months at the bare minimum and, therefore, you need to feel comfortable not only in your estate agent’s abilities but also their customer service. A key step when searching for Guildford estate agents is to visit their office and meet the team in person. Are you met with a friendly face and welcoming cuppa? Or are you left feeling dissatisfied?

Remember, potential house buyers will judge you based on the estate agent you choose to work with too. They may be put off and decide to make an offer on a different house should they be left with unanswered questions – it can really have that much of an impact! You want a local team of experts that are available to offer guidance and advice whenever you need it. Buying and selling a property can be a stressful experience so the right support can make all the difference.

Our team at Seymours Guildford are all locals and will support you through every step of the process…

  • Richard Stovold – Owner
  • Franco Orlando – Partner
  • Simon Kelso – Sales Director
  • Daniel Maltby – Marketing Director
  • Luke Minto – Sales Manager
  • Maria Regan – Sales Negotiator
  • Joseph Baldwin – Sales Negotiator
  • Clive Gee – Client Sales Progressor

What services do they offer?

Estate agents vary wildly, some provide you with a complete service from start to finish whilst some may leave you to sort the finer details. You certainly want to understand what you are paying for before signing a contract with your Guildford estate agents; otherwise, you may find a few unwanted surprises in store later down the line! Will you be provided with professional, high-quality images and listings? Will weekend and evenings viewings be included? Will there always be someone on call to assist? Or, will you need to pay extra for these additional services?

Often, sellers are tempted to work with the estate agent that has the lowest commission rate. Remember, you pay for quality – whilst a lower rate could seem tempting initially, it may see you achieve a lower sale price and ultimately walk away with less in your pocket.

Recently sold in the area

Whilst your property is unique, it’s likely there are similar value homes that have recently been on the market too. You need to spend time researching homes that have recently been sold by the estate agent – look at the type of property and compare this to your own. An estate agent may claim to work with a variety of properties and thereby, buyers, but in reality, they may specialise in a particular style of home.

So, you may not be selling your home with the best Guildford estate agents for your property and could miss out on potential buyers.

Customer satisfaction

It may be obvious, but of course, you want to be checking reviews and testimonials to understand the level of service you may receive from your estate agent. And, you want to be searching not only for reviews from other sellers but also from buyers to build a complete picture of the agency! 

Here at Seymours Guildford, we’re proud to provide a 5-star service to all our clients, tailoring the experience to ensure each individual walks away happy. 

“We bought our first house through Seymours Guildford. At every stage (mortgage advising, soliciting etc.) they had worked with us closely and efficiently. We were able to close the deal in just a few months. We are really happy with our purchase and Seymour’s professionalism, especially Simon’s, has played a huge part. I would non-hesitantly recommend Seymours to anyone who has an interest in the Guildford area.”

“Seymours made selling our house easy. Simon was fantastic, keeping me informed and always available if I had any queries. Can’t recommend them enough.”

The facts and figures: House prices in Guildford

Of course, when selling your property a large focus will be on the overall sale price achieved by your estate agent. When searching for the best Guildford estate agents, you should collect a few valuations and ask: “How many properties have met or exceeded their valuation in the past 3 months?” to allow you to make a fully informed decision on who to work with. 

House valuations vary based on the location, condition and multiple other factors. Estate agents may try to ‘wow’ you with a sky-high valuation to win your property, but in reality, they won’t be able to meet this target. Or, they may value your home on the lower side of the spectrum to impress you with the speed and ease of sale. You’ll want to monitor current house market trends nationally and locally to ensure you receive a fair valuation – your estate agent should be working with you to achieve the highest possible price. 

In the last year, the average property price in Guildford has been £561,491 – with detached properties sold for an average of £887,162 and flats fetching £297,170. Choose an estate agent that works with a range of different properties and one that has a proven record of achieving the asking price.

Why work with the Seymours Guildford team?

Guildford is a popular area for house-hunters, from young professionals and families looking to settle to those wishing to retire outside of the capital. To stand out, you need to enlist the expertise of an estate agent that will provide you with the highest level of service, going above and beyond to ensure you leave with property peace of mind. 

With nearly 30 years in the Guildford market, our dedicated team know how to achieve the best possible price for your home. Utilising innovative marketing techniques and unrivalled local knowledge, our clients can relax knowing they are in safe hands throughout the process. 

If you’d like free market advice or need an instant property valuation you can trust for your property in Guildford, get in touch with the team at Seymours Guildford on 01483 576833 or email us directly here.