A few things to keep in mind if you decide to work on your own, with listing agents:
Remember that by law the listing agent’s fees are included in the offered price - first confirm this, and the percentage involved (which is unregulated). There is always some room for negotiation in this area;
Build in extra time to your schedule to give the agents a chance to get to grips with what you’re really looking for. Because only by showing you a few properties will an agent get to fully understand your needs;
Be focused in your search - going to loads of agents is not the best approach. Work with those you feel comfortable with and can best meet your needs;
Remember that no two houses are alike so be prepared to be flexible: thinking about what you are prepared to compromise on in advance will be helpful;
Don’t expect to turn up on an agent’s doorstep and have them take you to 10 houses. Call or visit each agent first to arrange appointments;
Don’t let listing agents bully you into visiting properties that are clearly off-brief. They will all have a few properties that they’re having difficulty selling - and may be keen to show you those first.