How an accurate market valuation will sell your house quickly

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We all want to achieve the maximum amount of money when we sell our homes.

But, going with the estate agent who quotes you the highest suggested asking price for your property is no guarantee that you’ll end up with more money in the bank when you complete on the sale.

 

Why do estate agents price properties differently?

Unfortunately, there are some estate agents who will promise you a higher price than any other agent simply to get your business.

And some people agree to a higher commission level because they believe the increased amount they’ll receive from the sale will offset this.

But, there is always the danger that if you don’t achieve the high asking price, you’ll still pay a higher commission level when you have to drop the price to attract a buyer.

 

How do good estate agents value your property?

At Sims Williams, we don’t tell customers what they want to hear, unless we can back it up with facts and figures.

When it comes to providing a market valuation, we take a structured approach, based on our 35 years’ experience of selling homes along the coastal strip between Emsworth and Climping.

 

Study local housing market statistics

Before we step into your home, we will already have done our homework.

Whether you live in Arundel, Walberton, Chichester or any of the beautiful villages in between, Sims Williams will have reviewed house sale prices for similar properties over the last 12 to 18 months.

We use our own records and detailed analysis we can access from industry sources like Rightmove and the Land Registry.

Our research includes looking at asking prices against the agreed sale price and the time these properties spent on the market.

We’ll take into account access to and the quality of local amenities, including schools, health and leisure facilities.

We also look at the supply and demand for similar properties in your area – if there’s a shortage of homes like yours, this will increase demand from buyers.

We’ll talk you through our research when we come to value your property.

 

Visiting your property to provide a valuation

Thanks to the effort we put in before coming to value your property, we’ll already have a ballpark property valuation figure as a sound starting point.

Once we’ve had the chance to look around your property through the eyes of a potential buyer, our recommended asking price will be based on the following: –

  • Overall condition of your property – an immaculately presented home will fetch more than a property that needs structural repairs, decorating from top to toe, or even an untidy property.
  • Number of bedrooms – if you’ve adapted your home and reduced the number of bedrooms compared to similar properties, this may affect the asking price you can hope to achieve.
  • Living space – properties with good living space that flows nicely and can meet the needs of different potential buyers usually sell quickly. Depending on your target market, that could mean an open plan kitchen and dining room to accommodate growing families or a cosy lounge and separate rooms to appeal to older buyers.

 

Achieving the recommended asking price

At Sims Williams, our aim is always to help our customers receive the highest possible – and realistic – asking price for their property.

Once you instruct us to sell your property, we’ll provide advice and guidance on getting your home ready to sell and how to make the sale process as quick and stress free as possible.

We accompany all viewings so we’re on hand to point out all the benefits and features of your property to prospective buyers we have already taken the time to get to know and understand their property needs.

 

No Sale, no Fee

Unlike some estate agents, Sims Williams operates on a “No Sale, No fee” basis meaning you won’t pay us commission unless we sell your home.

 

Free market evaluation

If you’re thinking of selling your home, please contact us to arrange a free market valuation.

We have offices in Arundel, Chichester and Walberton and our friendly team have over 300 years’ property experience to help you sell your property.

Contact us today and let’s get moving.

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What our clients say

Great Service

Having made the big decision to purchase a holiday rental home we can say that Sims Williams helped make the process extremely easy having received the keys within a month of us first viewing! A special mention goes to Tiffany who offered a wealth of local knowledge and information at our initial viewing and helped us make the decision to purchase. Everyone in the office was friendly and accommodating throughout the process and I would certainly not hesitate in recommending them. Thank you!
Katie - Buyer - Aug 2nd, 2021

Literally unsurpassed, Complete service.

Right from the start of the process with the valuation and discussion about marketing right through to the presentation of the property and keeping on top of the many moving parts, which can go wrong, Sims Williams were all over it. They managed to help us sell our property at exactly the price that it was valued for in a very difficult market. They also listened to our concerns and gave us the confidence to begin at a price below that valuation, creating more interest and facilitating the eventual sale which was agreed in the week of the first viewing. The whole team are completely dedicated and the valuations are not over blind just to attract the maximum amount of clientele. We went with them because we purchased a house from the year before and they were just as professional than as they were this time. I don’t know how else to say this, but I don’t know if another agency could’ve done this job in the timeframes that we expected and got the result that we did. I would always use them wherever they operate in the area that we are buying or selling. Thanks a lot John, Julia, Robin & Susie, you’ve made our year.
Ben - Vendor - Dec 22nd, 2022

Thank you to Sims Williams!

We love Sims Williams! As very happy tenants of a property in Arundel, we would like to pass on our thanks to Jo and team at Sims Williams Chichester. Jo is absolutely fab- making the rental process such a breeze and all steps a very relaxing experience. Thanks again! Marina and Edward x
Marina and Edward - Tenant - Jan 21st, 2023

AMAZING SERVICE

We’d had a bit of a journey with our house sale. All the ladies went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure everything went smoothly and we were happy.
Kelly R - Vendor -

Exceptionally Professional

We want to thank Mel and all the team for the sale of our house. From start to finish all our dealings with Sims Williams have been exceptionally professional but in a relaxed and friendly style. We have moved often and you are the best estate agents we have dealt with. We would unreservedly recommend Them to anyone.
Mr & Mrs Lamb - Vendor - Jul 1st, 2021

Excellent, very professional service.

Letting our former holiday home for the first time was a new experience. We decided to have three agents visit. David and his team stood out. Attention to our personal wishes in terms of a tenant, excellent follow up after the initial visit, good marketing and a very personal approach by the team. The letting process went smoothly. The team kept us in touch and arranged all necessary legal obligations etc. We are a week in to the let…..so, early days! So far, I have only praise for this agent. Thank you Sims Williams.
Nita - Landlord - Feb 14th, 2022

The lovely ladies at Sims Williams!

Tamsin, Emma, Lynne and Helena are a dream to deal with. The sale of my Arundel property was not without hitches but they kept it on course and successfully completed the sale for me. It's not the first time I have sold/purchased through Tamsin and her lovely ladies and highly recommend them. Thank you!
Sally - Vendor - Apr 6th, 2021

SUPERB SERVICE

We found the Arundel office to be both professional and enthusiastic concerning our sale. We were always kept informed and worked with us to achieve our goal. Highly recommend this whole teams approach.
Claire & Tony - Vendor - Jan 6th, 2021

I cannot fault Sims Williams and would recommend them in a heartbeat

The common conception of Estate Agents is that they take a few pictures, write a blurb, publish it, show prospective purchasers around a property, and charge you a fortune for the privilege. From the seller's point of view, that may be how it seems. However, after the sale has actually been agreed, the service provided to the purchaser more than justifies the cost. I’ve recently purchased a property through Sims Williams, and they did so much to help. Ambiguity surrounding a tree preservation order was quashed in a matter of minutes, thanks to them having much more up-to-date information than the council. My survey raised a potential concern about damp. Sims Williams provided a damp expert to go and visit the property and compile a report – again resolving this problem very quickly. Lastly, a purchase further up the chain was causing delays. Sims Williams were constantly checking in with me, assuring me that they were chasing and doing everything in their power to help this complete. Obviously, all of this came out of the fee that would have been paid by the seller, so was effectively free for me. Had I have gone back to my solicitor with all these queries, I dread to think how expensive that bill would have been. Through my experience, I cannot fault Sims Williams and would recommend them in a heartbeat.
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EFFORTLESS!!

Another effortless sale in the hands of the very capable and professional Sims Williams team in Arundel. From start to finish we have been supported, kept informed and advised. The team work brilliantly together, never missing a step. Thank you!!
Vendor - Dec 22nd, 2020