Why should I sell through JBM Estate Agents?
JBM Estate Agents have gained a reputation for conducting business in an open, fair and honest manner, observing standards above and beyond that normally experienced by the public in the residential property market. It is a great source of pride to us that as a result of our standards of service, a very large proportion of our turnover today is either repeat business or by recommendation.
We are often asked ‘Why should I use JBM Estate Agents? Here are a few good reasons (you may find some of them refreshing):
- We work tirelessly to achieve the best available sale of your property
- We provide a written quotation of fees
- We have high impact marketing materials and use the latest technology
- We are knowledgeable about the local market, trends and conditions
- We provide regular contact
- We listen to our clients’ needs and take them into account
- We are open in all that we do
- We value your trust
What makes you different from the competition?
Unlike many other estate agents we are available 7 days a week, including Bank Holidays.
Our office at 10 Northgate in Peebles is open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm and Saturdays 9.00am to 1.00pm. Our telephone lines are open Monday to Friday 8.00am to 6.00pm and 9.00am to 1.00pm on Saturday and Sundays.
Our longer opening hours are essential to maximise viewing opportunities for your property - in fact 39% of our viewings are carried out after work and at weekends.
Our company is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. We pride ourselves on getting you the best possible price, in the shortest possible time. We have a friendly and enthusiastic team who are dedicated to selling your home. By instructing JBM Estate Agents to sell your home, we'll put your home on all the major property websites - the more people that see your home, the more likely you are to get the best price for it. As we are available to buyers 7 days a week - we never miss a property enquiry, this means that any potential buyers can get in touch quickly with a member of our staff to arrange viewings and to answer any questions they may have on your property.
Do you provide free, no obligation property appraisals?
Yes. We are here to help and to offer only but the best professional advice. All our market appraisals are free of charge with no obligation and can be carried out for those considering selling their property, whether it be in the coming weeks or months. Our property appraisal service takes all local benefits into account such as whether you property is surrounded by the best parks, restaurants, schools or transport links.
Can you help on Home Reports?
Yes, we can help you with Home Reports. Since 1st December 2008, by law, nearly all residential property for sale will require a Home Report. The Home Report contains three documents. These are - an Energy Report, a Property Questionnaire and a Single Survey. The Home Report must be available prior to marketing and made available to all genuine purchasers. Home Reports are carried out by a Chartered Surveyor (a member of RICS).Further information on Home Reports is available from Scottish Government website at www.homereportscotland.gov.uk. We can arrange for a Home Report to be carried out for you on your behalf or alternatively, we can provide details of organisations that you can contact to arrange yourself.
What about the legal work?
The successful sale of your property can be reliant on the instruction of an efficient and experienced solicitor. It is a good idea to do some research and make a decision before you put your property on the market as this will help avoid delays. If you do not have a solicitor in place we are happy to recommend a firm of solicitors we use regularly for conveyancing work. The firm offers a professional, friendly service at affordable prices. Please contact us if you would like us to provide you with a no obligation quote for a conveyancing service.
Are you regulated or members of any associations?
For your peace of mind and confidence JBM Estate Agents are members and regulated by the Ombudsman for Estate Agents. Our service standards are closely and regularly monitored. Estate agents signing up to this Code of Practice are required to provide additional consumer protection that goes beyond that required by the law. We always and only act in our clients best interests, giving you confidence and peace of mind that we will act with integrity and professionalism. Further details can be found here at the TPO website, www.tpos.co.uk
Advice for Sellers
First impressions are very important as your prospective purchaser will form an opinion within thirty seconds of drawing up outside your property, so make sure your garden and the approach to your house tidy. A well-kept garden usually looks larger and a fresh coat of paint on your front door and windowsills or even the door knocker can work wonders. Remember it is the first thing a viewer sees.
Be fresh. A well-aired room and fresh flowers can make a room feel more welcoming as can a warm home in winter. Clean a polish, ventilate and scrub and if necessary replace. It is well known that scented candles don't clear a smoky room and often alert a buyer to the problem. Open windows and if possible banish the smoker to the end of the garden for the duration of the marketing. Consider sending your pets out for a walk during the viewings or better still arrange for them to stay with a relative or trusted friend. It will not help your sale prospects if the dog starts to bark from the moment your viewers arrive until they leave.
Tidy up and de-clutter. Some people manage to live naturally tidy lives but most mere mortals require an incentive and it will pay you to bother. A untidy room will not appeal to the discerning buyer and while you are at it, lose the cuddly toys, fridge magnets, kids drawings and family photographs to give a better impression of space and allow the prospective purchaser to visualise their own clutter there instead.
Think neutral decor. A bold or heavily themed room may deter buyers so if you really want to sell you need to get serious and appeal to someone else's taste. It is quite amazing how much smaller dark rooms can look. You can always do your own thing once you move.
Loose Ends. If you have time do all the little jobs you have been meaning to do, but never got round to. From replacing the shower, touching up the paint work, fixing the dripping tap, dealing with a loose door handle or replacing the dud light bulbs. They are essential jobs that you don't want your buyer to notice and wonder what else has been neglected.
Presentation. Present rooms with the appropriate furniture. If you use the fourth bedroom as a study or spare room try staging it with a bed, particularly if the dimensions are such that the buyer may be sceptical. Give them solutions not problems. Likewise, a breakfasting kitchen should be shown with a table and chairs in place.