How to Find the Best Estate Agent when Selling a Period Home

publication date: Feb 24, 2010
author/source: Kate Faulkner, Property Expert and Author of Which? Property Books

How to Find the Best Estate Agent when Selling a Period Home

Period properties need a little bit of care and attention by a quality agent that knows the pros and cons of period properties and especially understands whether a price premium can be attracted, or not! 

Choosing the wrong agent could mean you end up having lots of viewings and no offers for weeks on end, or worst still no viewings at all as buyers know it’s overpriced!

Once you have found similar properties (see our article How to Sell a Period Home), then find out who has sold these properties and ideally choose two to three agents that have sold more than one period property similar to yours, so you know it wasn’t a ‘fluke’.

Visit the agents first and explain what type of property you have and ask them what similar properties they have sold. It’s also worth quizzing them with a few more questions.

Five Questions to Ask an Agent when Selling your Period Home

1.   How many buyers did it take to sell the property (the norm is 10 viewings to receive an offer)

2.   Where did the buyers come from – within the local area or outside the area?

3.   Did the property sell for the original price asked or not?

4.   How many weeks was the property up for sale before they accepted an offer?

5.   Were there any problems post offer stage, for example with the mortgage valuation or survey? 

You can also check what these properties sold for if they sold a few months ago, just to check the agent was being honest.

Do bear in mind that the price of the property you are selling could determine which agent you should use. For example, if your property is worth a lot more than £500,000 or a £1 million, you may need to tap into the buyer network of the more premium agents such as Hamptons. However, be warned that you may have to pay a higher commission, and pay separately for things like brochures, photos and even newspaper advertising.

If your home is Listed, it is worth contacting and even joining the ‘Listed Property Owners Club’ if you want to tap into more information about selling the type of home you have such as Georgian, Victorian or Tudor property.

If you need to find a good estate agent to sell your period home – then contact us at or tel 0845 838 1763.

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