Use our list of 'best questions' selectively to create your own list of questions to ask when your short-listed agents come to view and value your house.
What other properties in the area have they recently sold or are they currently marketing? Are any like your property?
What do they think the realistic selling price is for your house?
Where would they pitch the asking price?
Can they back up their valuation with recent examples?
What is the current average selling time for your kind of property?
Which parts of the market do they specialise in, if any?
How familiar are they with houses in your price range and the type of buyer your house will attract?
What suggestions do they have for increasing the buyer appeal of your property?
What is the condition of the local market and what impact will this have on your sale?
How many waiting buyers do they have?
How will they market the property and where? How much input can you have?
How will promotion of the house impact their fees?
What evidence can they give about their marketing and selling ability? For example, how much traffic does their website get?
If your property is likely to appeal to out of area buyers how will they deal with this?
What are their fees and the standard terms of their sales agreement? How much flexibility is there?