The advantages of an expert

Written on 23 April 2013 by Alistair Boscawen in Company Updates


Ever thought about the benefits of using an estate agent? There's a lot more to it than showing buyers round property.

The recession has impacted us all in the last five years, with the property market rising and falling and now rising again. Central London has benefitted from overseas buyers snapping up properties, maintaining buoyancy in exclusive areas. If you’re interested in housing in these areas, you need a guide to ensuring you find the best investment for your money.

The principal job of estate agents such as Best Gapp is to ensure the smooth transaction between two parties trading in property or land. The estate agent is an important middleman, ensuring both parties experience the minimum stress and delay and making sure all the relevant boxes are ticked in the eyes of the authorities.

However, an estate agent offers far more than simply oiling the wheels of a property deal. Below are some of the other ways in which an estate agent can assist you with your property and land requirements.

Knowledge Of The Local Area

We pride ourselves in having first-hand and in-depth knowledge of the areas we cover. Belgravia, Knightsbridge, Chelsea, Pimlico, South Kensington, Mayfair and Westminster are not areas of London where one can simply bowl up and buy a property without knowing the dos and don’ts.

We can help you with detailed information on not just properties, but also specific streets, amenities nearby, any areas that have experienced crime in the past, where to be seen and where not to be seen. We can even lay out a little of an area’s history for you if you are keen to get to know a bit more about where you’re going to be living.

Knowledge Of The Market

With our inside information of one of the most fiercely contested property markets in the world, we are in a position to let you know that a property is about to become available in the areas we cover before that property even hits the market. With our help you could find yourself the proud owner of a new Knightsbridge or Belgravia residence while the competition is left bewildered by the speed and skill with which you do business.

Knowledge Of Other Professionals

Having worked in the industry for over a century, Best Gapp are in a position to be able to offer you sound, comprehensive advice on other professionals working in the property business. We can tell you which local agents and tradesmen are best suited to your circumstances, and which are best avoided.

Property Valuation

We have been conducting central London property valuations for over 130 years in the areas we cover. Whether it be a land dispute, a marriage settlement, a ground rent review or matters involving the lease of land, we can offer a comprehensive service covering far more than simply the standard sale of a property. We also provide historic valuations for probate or for tax.

We will visit the property, take measurements and photographs where required, analyse the current market trends and carry out detailed research of comparable evidence to arrive at our valuation figure.

Structural Surveys

Alongside our valuation services we can offer a full building surveying service to both residential and commercial clients. This includes contract administration and project management, defect analysis and full building surveys.

We can also provide dilapidation schedules which identify where the condition of a property has fallen below the expected standard, as determined in the lease.

Whatever your requirements, make sure that you find yourself an agent who knows the pitfalls to be avoided, and can guide you honestly through the complicated maze of property purchase in central London. 

Alistair Boscawen

Alistair has 32 years’ experience as an estate agent, starting in the country house department of one of London’s main international agencies before moving to the Knightsbridge house department of the same agency and learning the difference in values between freehold, long lease and short lease houses in Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Chelsea and Mayfair.

All articles by Alistair Boscawen

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