Finding the right agent is key to receiving a good return on your investment as well as making sure that your property is managed to the highest standards.
When selecting an agent you should always visit their office to meet the team. It is a great opportunity to listen to see how quickly phone calls are answered and the speed at which issues are dealt with. Don’t forget to test their 24-hour emergency line too!
A specialist local agent will be able to give you detailed information on the type of properties that are in demand (usually down to the exact roads) and what rental yield you could expect, as well as how you should ‘present’ your property for viewings.
Professional inventories are essential if you want to protect your property and your agent can do this for you along with ensuring you have met all health and safety requirements and that tenant checks have been carried out.
Having good systems in place with your agent is vital for dealing with ongoing tenancy and property management, especially if you live abroad. So make sure your agent is clear about the service levels you can expect going forward.
On a final note you should always check that your agent is ARLA Propertymark registered, offers client money protection and clearly sets out all fees you can expect to pay.