How to choose the right letting agent
When it comes to renting your property, the choice of letting agents can seem overwhelming! Here are our top tips for choosing an agent that is right for you.
Do they have local knowledge and experience?
It’s important to choose a letting agent that knows the local area well and has experience of successfully letting property in that area. An agent with local knowledge will be able to provide you with the best advice and help to ensure you achieve the best possible rental yield.
Are they qualified?
By choosing an agent that is a member of a professional body such as the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) and Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) you know that you are dealing with a reputable firm. As members of these associations, agents are held accountable for their work and receive on-going training to keep abreast of changing legislation and uphold standards.
Do they provide a range of service levels?
You may only want your letting agent to assist with the marketing of your property and finding a tenant, or you may want them to fully manage your rental property. It’s important to know the different levels of service the agent provides and how they could help you. Remember, the cheapest may not necessarily be the most cost-effective option in the long run!
How do they market the properties?
High quality marketing is key to attracting good tenants. Make sure the agent you choose has an excellent online presence as this is where most people are searching for new properties. It’s also important to know that your agent will be proactive and responsive to any changes that may be required to the marketing.
How well do they communicate with their landlords?
You want to work with an agent that takes care of you as well as your tenants. Ensure that you can easily contact your agent at any time and look for an agent that will behave proactively, keeping you regularly updated with any property maintenance issues or legislation changes.
If you’re thinking about letting your property and would like to know more, please call our dedicated Lettings team on 01904 629629.