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What is the difference between a high street agent and a DIY agent?

There are more and more ‘DIY’ agency options available to the public, but are the services offered by DIY agent clear to home movers? Low, up-front costs are tempting, but the services included in those costs or the amount of work a seller should expect to do, may not be so straightforward.

The Guild of Property Professionals is a network organisation of exclusively chosen independent estate and letting agents across the UK. As a representative of the industry, The Guild recommends the ‘no sale, no fee’ agency model for a number of reasons:

 

  Typical High Street Agent Typical DIY Agent

No sale, no fee

X

Up-front, flat-fee 

X

Fees based on using associated in-house services

X

Realistic valuations based on comparable properties

X

Excellent local knowledge

X

Marketing: photographs, floor plans, brochures, advertising in print and online

X
Potential buyers vetted to avoid time wasters or people who cannot afford it X

Accompanied viewings 

X

All viewings followed up and feedback given to seller

X

All negotiations professionally handled on your behalf

X

All offers checked for mortgage requirements and complete chain details

X

Proactive sales progression

X

Professional counter-survey negotiations

X

Local, community-minded support and sponsorship

X

Hidden costs

X

 

A DIY option may be right for some people, but there can be more to selling your home than it might at first seem. Doing your research is key and can save you losing money instructing a DIY agent which turns out to be a poor fit for you and your property. 

Find your nearest Guild Member here to start a no-obligation discussion about what you might be looking for.

If you would are looking for more advice on moving home, take a look at our easy-to-follow guides.

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