You can probably think of additional questions yourself.

Take notes during your meeting and ask the firm to confirm particularly important details, especially about costs, as this could prevent disputes afterwards. Get a copy of any contracts that you sign, but don’t be pushed into signing up there and then. This initial meeting is just a first opportunity to interview them. Before you appoint any professional, you may want to do a final check with the relevant regulatory body that they have no outstanding cases or issues against them before going ahead.

You can change your team at any time of course, if you feel that someone isn’t performing the way you want or giving you the service you need, and most particularly if you no longer trust their judgment. But unless there is a good reason to let them go, appoint your professional advisers with a view to building a long-term relationship with them. That way you will get the best out of them.

Just remember that these people are only your advisers and that ultimately you are the one who must make decisions about your property investments and what to do with them. So, while it is sensible to listen to the advice you are being given, it doesn’t mean you have to follow it, particularly if your instincts are telling you that something isn’t right. But developing a ‘gut feel’ for what is right, or what is not so good, can only come with experience, something you only get by becoming actively involved in property.

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