Moving Stories – The Blumers

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Andrew and Pauline Blumer had been trying to sell their beautiful Grade ll Listed cottage in the heart of Walberton, West Sussex for a number of months, without success.

They decided to change Estate Agents and approached Sims Williams, who have operated in the village for a considerable number of years, to value their home and explain how they would market their very individual property.

Thirteen viewings were arranged and within a matter of weeks, a sale was secured at 98.2% of the asking price.

After helping Mr and Mrs Blumer to sell their property, Sims Williams went one step further and found the couple their perfect next home.

Mr and Mrs Blumer were keen to stay in Walberton and Sims Williams helped, including notifying the couple about suitable properties before they were launched to market.

Pauline says, “Richard rang us one day and simply said, “I’ve found it!” and, he was right!

“He showed us a bungalow in exactly the part of the village we wanted to live and we knew straight away that it was the right property for us.

“It’s pretty impressive when your estate agent just “knows” they’ve found you the perfect property!” says Pauline.


Accurate valuation was vital

Before marketing Mr and Mrs Blumer’s cottage, Sims Williams partner Richard Moores explained individual older properties with the restrictions that come with being Listed do not appeal to everyone.

Identifying genuine potential buyers, proactive marketing and providing an accurate valuation, based on sales of similar properties, is vital.


Providing honest, professional advice

Pauline says, “Sims Williams explained our lovely cottage wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea and the asking price needed to reflect the number of potential buyers who would want to take on an older Listed property.”

“The Walberton team took on the challenge of marketing and selling our property with real enthusiasm and, knowing they were in our corner made the roller-coaster ride of selling a house far easier.

“Everyone in the Sims Williams Walberton team was so friendly and knowledgeable and, once they found our buyer, Lin Peter progressed the sale and kept the chain moving – especially when the sale nearly fell through,” says Pauline.


Respect for our clients

Richard says, “At Sims Williams, we believe serving our clients means treating them with respect and providing honest, professional advice. This includes recommending a realistic asking price, rather than inflating a valuation just to get business.

“When clients place their trust in us, we work hard to earn our commission and that means really taking care of our clients and understanding their property needs,” says Richard.

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What our clients say

A very professional service

The team at Sims Williams, Chichester afforded me a very professional service. I was looking for tenants at a difficult time of the year, but the team found and offered numerous applicants and never rushed me to choose. They thought of everything I needed including the gas and electrical safety certification. The team made the whole process as easy as it could be. I wholeheartedly recommend Sims Williams Lettings. They are very approachable, thorough professionals dedicated to providing the best service.
Ally - Landlord - Feb 7th, 2023

Couldn't of been happier with the team

John and all the team were fantastic so helpful all throughout the sale highly recommend
Mr & Mrs Haimes- Vendor - Aug 12th, 2022

Professional and highly recommended

We have been with Sims Williams (Chichester branch and recently Bognor Regis) for many years and they look after our rented properties very well. The property/ Letting managers (David, Nicola, Jo & Sheila) are professional, helpful, good communication, excellent follow up and always put us at ease. We are very happy with their service and highly recommended them. Thank you for looking after us.
Gee- Landlord - Aug 18th, 2023


I have recently rented my property through Sims Williams and I was impressed from day one. They were professional, kept me updated throughout the process and took away the stress!!
Lindsay - Landlord - Dec 1st, 2021

The fastest ever

What an amazing experience from initial valuation through viewings to selling/buying and moved in a smidge over five weeks, professional and supportive throughout, would heartily recommend, many thanks.
Rich & Yvonne - Vendor - Mar 31st, 2021


I have bought and sold houses through sims williams over the past few years, in October we decided to rent our house for a year. We were very uneasy about should we, what if etc. We called David to have a chat, he put our minds at rest and we went ahead and went on the rental market. 4 viewing within 48 hours and its rented. The Chichester branch is just brilliant and you feel they are there for you. Give him a call if you're wondering about selling/Renting.
Patricia w - Landlord - Jan 7th, 2021


The whole team in Walberton did a fantastic job. Despite a few problems, they worked so hard to get the purchase completed. I was kept informed at all times. Lin in particular worked very hard to ensure the purchase did not fall through.
Dave - Buyer - Dec 7th, 2020

Amazing Service

We are now well and truly settled into our new home and I wanted to thank Sim Williams for all you did to manage a speedy sale of our home. You said it wouldn't take long and with three offers within 36 hours we couldn't have asked for more. Having not been through the buying/selling process for 33 years we were immensely grateful to Mike and Mel for all their support, answering questions and following things through. The regular contacts and updates were extremely welcome and was something we hadn't expected.
Richard & Anne - Vendors - Mar 5th, 2021

Exemplary service

Buying through Sims Williams was made as stress-free as possible, with friendly and professional management of the sale. I was kept up-to-date with progress regularly. Really highly impressive. Many thanks especially to Mel and Calum at the Chichester branch.
Peter - Buyer - Feb 8th, 2021


A pleasure to deal with through a testing time for sellers and purchasers. Always available and most helpful. Hopefully not selling soon but when it happens, they'll be first on my list.
Jim B - Buyer - Sep 8th, 2020