The reviewer has split the service being offered down into its’ constituent parts and looked at each part individually including comparing the costs. I won’t go into all the details but some points really stood out:
- “I have never met a tenant yet who knows how to read a floor plan, or would care about one. In my experience, most buyers don’t understand them either.”
- I couldn’t disagree more with this comment, most viewers love to see a floorplan and properties with them get 30%+ more views online
- Inventory – Quite expensive, the main cost is the time for the agent to do this on your behalf. Usually less than an hours job.
- I would counter the cost of not completing a thorough inventory would more than outweigh the cost of having a professional do one and most will take longer than an hour even with experience
- An agent won’t care if your prospective tenant looks like a dirty, unkempt mess, they will only care about the money they earn for an hours work.
- What a ridiculous comment! Agents who value their reputation will only put forward suitable tenants to their landlords even if they are not going to be managing them.
- Letting boards are a bit pointless to a private landlord.
- Why would you not want prospective tenants to know your property is available to let?
The most telling part of the review was this:
“It would probably be cheaper and better managed to employ an regular agent.”
There will always be people who prefer to do everything themselves but thankfully most landlords realise that employing a professional to do the job will save them time and hassle.
Invariably a good agent will save a landlord money by getting a higher rent, ensuring compliance with all necessary legislation and by not putting in the wrong tenant in the first place.