16 February, 2021
We are delighted to have won the Feefo Platinum Trusted Service award, an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, for a second consecutive year! In a normal year we would be incredibly pleased with this achievement, but to have gained this recognition once again following such a challenging period, makes us exceptionally proud of our hard-working team.
At Michael Hardy we strive to give all our customers the best possible experience. In addition to the efforts we go to in selling a property quickly and for the best possible price, we pride ourselves on excellent communication throughout.
It is of great importance to us that our customers feel listened to, understood and that they feel fully updated on developments at every step of the journey.
It gives us great pleasure to know that we must be doing something right for so many customers to have awarded us top marks for our efforts over the past 12 months.
What is the Feefo Trusted Estate Agents Service award?
Created by Feefo, Trusted Service is awarded only to businesses that use Feefo to collect genuine customer reviews and insights. A highly valued badge of approval, this accreditation remains unique, as it is based purely on the interactions with real customers. They go to great lengths to verify all reviews as genuine to instil public trust in the accreditation.
Feefo have given Platinum Trusted Service awards to businesses who have achieved Gold standard for three consecutive years. The Feefo Gold Trusted Service award recognises those who have collected at least 50 Feefo reviews in a year and have achieved a service rating of at least 4.5
How have we achieved the platinum rating?
We’ve mentioned our dedication to excellent customer service but what also sets us apart from the rest, is the maturity and experience of the sales and lettings teams as well as our forward-thinking attitude.
We offer the benefit of our accumulated experience (a staggering 120 years between us) alongside the peace of mind that we embrace the latest in cutting edge technology (including accompanied virtual viewings) when we market a home.
From the outset, we invest heavily in marketing, employing the services of one the UK’s leading agencies to produce top quality professional photographs, detailed and accurate floorplans, as well as state-of the-art 3D virtual tours. We receive lots of compliments about our photography and firmly believe it is best to leave this to the professionals, rather than sending an agent out with a camera.
Of course we do everything we can to negotiate as much money as possible from a prospective buyer, but we also believe in ‘Smart Selling’. Successfully negotiating a sale is so much more than just putting forward an offer. Before any offers are submitted to vendors, we investigate all relevant details about the buyer including their property chain and their affordability in terms of either mortgage lender or proof of cash. We always prefer ‘the right sale’ to ‘the next sale’. No one gains when a chain collapses!
How a traditional estate agency can offer better service levels
Having a high street presence allows us to give our clients the comfort of a friendly face to offer help and advice during what can be a very stressful process.
With Sales and Lettings under one roof, all calls answered by our sales teams, and with dedicated staff constantly updating customers at crucial points in the selling process, everyone is reassured that we do go the extra mile to see a sale through to completion.
By contrast, recent statistics show that online agents sell far fewer of the properties they market. Often their business model is to rely on inexperienced staff and budget marketing techniques. When an upfront fee is involved, there is little incentive for a negotiator to close a sale! Read more about the benefits of a high street vs. online service (link to previous blog).
Kind words from a couple of recent happy customers:
“Michael Hardy Wokingham team were so professional in every way. The photos for the brochure were excellent and all the viewings were carried out expertly. We would definitely use them again and would highly recommend the team.” Mr and Mrs P. Stocker
“Brilliant service throughout the whole process, we will not look any further if we need an estate agent in the future. Always contactable and move very quickly to solve issues encountered and in responding to all correspondence required.” Mr and Mrs R. Walker
Michael Hardy has worked really hard over the years to earn and maintain a reputation for being one of the most respected estate agencies in the Wokingham/Crowthorne areas. We were already proud that almost 70% of our clients are repeat business or by recommendation but being honoured with a Feefo Platinum Trusted Service award for a second year has been the icing on the cake.
If you are interested to find out more about selling your home through Michael Hardy or would like to book a free no obligation valuation, please telephone our office in Wokingham on 0118 9776776 or Crowthorne on 01344 779999.