Phil Spencer says most house hunters don't do this simple thing that could help get their dream home

Don't forget about your local high street estate agent

The last two years have changed a lot about the way we hunt for a house, the biggest change being the shift to house hunting online. However, according to Phil Spencer if you want the best chance of snapping up a fair deal when buying a house you should always make the effort to visit an estate agent in person.

New research by local services marketplace Airtasker has revealed that 20 percent of Brits are planning to move home this year. In the research, June was identified as the most popular month for moving house, with that date approaching if you're looking to move you better get going.

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Phil Spencer house hunter estate agent advice

Phil Spencer spoke exclusively to Ideal Home about the new report and revealed that in the current heated market he would always recommend making yourself known to the estate agents. He points out that it is something most buyers neglect doing.

'I'm not sure there are any good deals to be had at the moment. They're fair deals because they're what people are prepared to pay,' says Phil. 'My top tip would be to make yourself known, physically to the estate agents. Most people are relying on the internet.'

Thanks to the likes of Rightmove and Zoopla it might seem easier to do your entire house hunt from a laptop. However, with houses being sold or rented out in record time, it pays to strike up a relationship with an estate agent.

'You need to get yourself ahead of the game,' points out Phil. 'Information is power, and if you get in early you give yourself the best shot.'

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'I always recommend that, and I say that because most people don’t. So if you do, people remember faces rather than names or emails, and then they’re more likely to pick up the phone to you and let you know.'

Once you have found your dream home and exchanged contracts the hard work of moving house starts. 'Write yourself a moving checklist and do it early so you can map out your to-do list and the timeline for what’s involved with your move,' says Phil. 'I’d recommend writing your checklist as soon as you've decided you’d like to move or at three months before you move.'

If you are feeling overwhelmed by moving, Airtasker is a great tool to use to help connect you with skilled service providers who can help you move house or handle odd DIY jobs in your new home.

Rebecca Knight
Deputy Editor, Digital

Rebecca Knight has been the Deputy Editor on the Ideal Home Website since 2022. She graduated with a Masters degree in magazine journalism from City, University of London in 2018, before starting her journalism career as a staff writer on women's weekly magazines. She fell into the world of homes and interiors after joining the Ideal Home website team in 2019 as a Digital Writer. In 2020 she moved into position of Homes News Editor working across Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc, Real Homes, Gardeningetc and Ideal Home covering everything from the latest viral cleaning hack to the next big interior trend.