Last week I helped some new clients find a house in the Cotswolds/Stroud area. They were quite specific with their requirements – which was great because it helped me create a short list fairly easily. And what was more important it only took them one trip to Gloucestershire to find their ideal home. All in all a great result. What could have taken many weeks (possibly a few months) was compressed into just three well-spent days. They travelled the five hours (by car) down to Gloucestershire, stayed three nights in a pleasant country inn, spent the mornings looking at houses and the afternoons checking out the local environs; doing the journey to the relevant main line stations (just to see how long the trip would take from the house they were buying) and generally looking at the local villages and nearby towns. Also checking and trying out out the facilities which were particularly germane to their requirements. Yes, the trip was certainly “full-on” and I’m sure pretty tiring, but it was only one trip – not three or four as it easily could have been.
We started the property search process about three weeks ago; finding out just what it was they wanted and in what areas, registering with all the local estate agents (and calling them on a regular basis), speaking to contacts made to see if they’d been to see “anything new” – or to see if there was anything “in the diary” which might fit the bill. So prior to their trip down to the Cotswolds/Stroud area I had prepared the ground, been to see properties on their behalf and discussed my findings with them. A schedule was arranged – and between you and me I had a pretty good idea of the house they’d go for (and by George I was right!).
I also carried out the negotiations on their behalf – after all I was an estate agent for about three decades myself – so I had a fairly good idea, having spoken with the selling agent, of how things might go. A successful purchase was negotiated on their behalf, solicitors instructed and a good surveyor subsequently selected to carry out the building survey.
So what was the main saving? Time – that invaluable commodity – Time. This was a classic case where hiring a property search agent to look in the Stroud/Gloucestershire area paid back in spades . Not being a clever Dick but I really do believe it was worth it’s weight in gold. Well I think it was anyway!