Moving Stories – The emotions involved in moving

Back to news

Falling in love with a property from the moment you step over the threshold can be the start of an emotional rollercoaster.

Without an estate agent willing to fight on your behalf for a quick sale of your property and a successful completion, the property chain can collapse, leaving your dreams in tatters.

Claire and Chris White knew instantly that a three-bedroom house in Barnham with a huge garden was everything they wanted in their perfect forever home.

The problem was, their house wasn’t even on the market, and they knew they had to sell quickly if they wanted to buy their dream home.


We were planning to use an online agent

“I previously owned shares in Purple Bricks and was planning to use an online estate agent when we were ready to sell our house.

“However, the house we wanted to buy was on the market with Sims Williams and we decided to trust them to sell ours – and I am so glad we did,” says Claire.


Sims Williams understood how much we wanted the house

“From the moment we instructed the Sims Williams team, they pulled out all the stops to find us a buyer and manage the sale to completion.

“After our offer for the house in Barnham was accepted, we had an anxious wait while the other people in the property chain progressed their own sales and purchases,” says Claire.


Sims Williams shared our passion and managed the property chain

Claire says, “We had a strong emotional attachment to the house from day one and everyone at Sims Williams understood that.

“The Walberton team talked to everyone in the chain every day to keep things moving and provide reassurance where it was needed – including the buyers and sellers they weren’t even representing,” says Claire.


“Mummy, this garden makes my heart happy”

The words of her 4-year-old son Joseph, as he cycled round his new garden for the first time, was all the proof Claire needed that it really is the perfect home for her family.

“As well as being the biggest financial investment most of us make, our home plays a crucial part in our wellbeing and happiness.

“To anyone looking to save money by using an online estate agent, ask yourself if you can really afford to miss out on the dedication, support and personal service you get from a traditional estate agent like Sims Williams,” says Claire.


Sims Williams, local independent estate agent since 1981.

Contact your local branch to arrange a free market valuation.

Be kept up to date

Leave your details with us, so we can keep you fully up to date with property updates.

What our clients say


Would highly recommend Sims Williams. Quality service and responsive. The whole experience was positive. Thanks so much!
Athena - Landlord - Dec 30th, 2021

Professional and friendly service.

We've let our flat through Sims Williams for about 4 years. They have always been professional and helpful and communication has also been excellent. I would recommend them to anyone wanting to let a property in the West Sussex area.
Guy - Landlord - Jun 4th, 2021

Exceptional Service

Sims Williams provided an exceptional service throughout the purchase of our new home. Calum was extremely professional every step of the way, would highly recommend.
Guy & Teresa - Buyers - Dec 3rd, 2021


I recently purchased and sold through this company. I have had some terrible service in the past. These people were a pleasure to deal with. They kept me informed, managed my purchase and sale with total professionalism. I have no reservations recommending them. Thank-you SW.
Alan Colbran - Buyer - Sep 5th, 2020

Excellent Service

John Wyatt from the Bognor Office office was exceptionally helpful all through our recent Purchase. He was the lynchpin in making the whole transaction happen. He always replied to emails and telephone calls, and nothing was too much trouble. Without his help in liaising both with the vendor, and both sets of solicitors, I am convinced that we would have taken an awful lot longer to get to completion. I really cannot praise his helpfulness enough, but I would like to add that on the odd occasion that John was unavailable, all the other staff both in Walberton and Chichester were also extremely helpful
Buyer - Jun 29th, 2021

Absent Landlord

I live in the United States, so I cannot manage my property in West Sussex. Sim's Williams has been managing this property for just over a year now. I cannot adequately express my gratitude and pleasure in the service I have obtained. I highly recommend Sim's Williams.
Dennis - Landlord - Mar 19th, 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

Would recommend!

We bought and sold properties through the Bognor Regis team and would certainly recommend them. We spoke with all the team - who were very nice - but dealt a lot with John, as neither transaction was straightforward - and he worked really hard to make things work out for us. He was very approachable and we never felt pressured to agree to anything we weren't happy with. It really felt as though he was on our journey with us and wanted the best for us. I would certainly recommend Sims Williams, Bognor Regis
Ms Brookes- Vendor - Aug 25th, 2022

One Word - Fantastic.

We don’t normally write reviews, but on this occasion we had too. In life you get what you pay for, whilst I’m sure that there are cheaper agents out there; if you want a stress free move with knowledgeable, friendly and dedicated agents, that give excellent communication, then look no further than Sims Williams. We dealt with John, Annie and Vanessa, we sold and purchased through them. The Team in the Bognor Branch is fantastic, we couldn’t of hoped for better agents to support us through the journey which wasn’t always the easiest but they communicated to either side of the chain fantastically, keeping stress to a minimum and helped us through the bumps to complete in 11 weeks. A big thank you to you all, and in the future we wouldn’t look anywhere else. Sam and Lisa.
Mr & Mrs Poston - Dec 7th, 2021

Would definitely recommend!

I had been with another agent for quite a long time and was being messed around. When I decided to instruct Sims Williams they got very quick results and I had accepted an asking price offer3 days later. Linda and Louise were very proactive and efficient and I would highly recommend them.
Daphne - Vendor - Mar 12th, 2021