Choosing a letting agent to showcase your home isn’t easy. There are many attributes you need to look out for before you can ever consider hiring them and if you’re a first-timer, it can be tricky knowing where to start. However, here is a quick run-down of the top things to look out for when researching letting agents.
One of the most important attributes to search for is honesty. You don’t want to end up dealing with a scam artists or an agency that tells you one thing, then the tenant another. You need to be able to trust your letting agent; otherwise you’ll just end up worrying all the time and effectively negate the purpose of outsourcing the work.
You’re also looking for a company that has let out similar properties in the past and therefore has experience within your area. Its rates should be reasonable but not suspiciously cheap and keep an eye out for any quality accreditations hanging on the wall. These can be a good indicator of an agency’s standards and, if it’s accredited by a relevant industry body, all the better!
It’s important to ensure the letting agent offers a fair contract, too. If it doesn’t, then head elsewhere straight away. It’s likely the agency will have a less-than-satisfactory reason for offering an unfair contract, so don’t be drawn in by any cheap but cheerful offers – it’s simply not worth it.
So how can you determine if an agent has these attributes? Well, it’s useful to source recommendations from family and friends who have previously put a house up for let. If you don’t know anyone in such a position, consider checking out the many letting agents reviews on offer on the internet. These can prove really useful in terms of giving you honest, genuine feedback from strangers – who, unlike those close to you, have no reason to lie. You can also ask independently check out past and existing clients of the agent, who should also be truthful when offering their thoughts on the service received.