Is it simple commonsense?!!
Think about it. If you were going to employ someone to work for you, would you just accept they can do the job because they say they can and that they are the cheapest? Or course not, you would want to scrutinise the applicant to ensure you employ the best person for the job.
So when instructing an estate agent, put them through the same rigorous process, as surely you need to be putting your property in a safe pair of hands when dealing with what is likely to be your most valuable asset.
At Peter Illingworth Estate Agents we are that safe pair of hands.