Which? tells sellers to choose cheapest online estate agents

Consumer watchdog Which?, a persistent critic of estate agents, has advised home sellers to shop around for the smallest fees and to save money by using an online estate agent.

Which? said that estate agent fees are a major cost in moving home and can be as high as £4,800 on a £200,000 home.

However, it said this morning, using an online estate agent (such as turtlehomes.co.uk) could cost as little as £455.

It also advised home sellers to shop around for an Energy Performance Certificate, saying charges vary from £35 to £120.

Altogether, said Which?, consumers can knock £6,000 off the ‘expensive extras’ of moving home simply by shopping around and finding the cheapest services.

It said that the average bill for selling a £200,000 property now comes to £7,400 and that the cost of moving has ‘never been more difficult’.

But Which? did say that whilst vendors could save on estate agency fees, it was important not to scrimp on areas that could protect their interests, such as surveys and legal fees.

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