Moving Stories – The emotions involved in moving

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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.


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What our clients say


My experience with Sims Williams was exceptional. I bought my property through them not so long ago. I recently had to relocate for work. I needed to get tenants in my property as fast as I could and move. I was managing a full-time job working from home. I also needed information and support as a new landlord. Not only that Sims Williams agents were highly professional in delivering timely services they simply took me in, and went way beyond their official duties to help with a smooth transition. It’s for this “ homely feel” in the way they treated me twice that I give them a 5 star and recommend them to anyone who appreciates being valued.
Damaris - Landlord - Jan 28th, 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…, early days! So far, I have only praise for this agent. Thank you Sims Williams.
Nita - Landlord - Feb 14th, 2022

Extensive Marketing & Regular Progress Updates

Sims Williams well researched advice on suitable house types and values, was very much appreciated at the early stages of our development plan. Their extensive marketing and regular progress updates kept us fully informed throughout the process. I would strongly recommend their services.
Jeremy Napthine - Director Salt Earth Limited -

Excellent Service

We recently purchased a property through Sims Williams, throughout the process, Megan and the team were friendly, accommodating and proactive which made the experience of buying our first property a joy. We are really happy in our new home and would highly recommend them!
Sam & Melanie - Buyers - Aug 3rd, 2022


From first contact to completion of sale and also finding me a rental property service was excellent. I found the staff to be personable, efficient and courteous.
Vendor - Jan 20th, 2021

Excellent service!

Care and courtesy shown. Friendly manner. Professional and efficient.
Andy Peppler - Vendor - Jul 5th, 2021


Richard was completely professional yet friendly and kept us informed every step of the way. Nothing was ever too much trouble and he made a protracted transaction far less stressful than it could have been. Thoroughly recommend him and the company.
Fay - Vendor - Dec 7th, 2021


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


Sims William and Emma in particular were always efficient and helpful throughout our purchase... can’t recommend them highly enough and will definitely use them next time we move...
Tricia - Buyer - Dec 16th, 2020

Absolutely first class service

Jo was our main point of contact and the service her and her colleagues provided was faultless. Fantastic communication and lovely tenants found. I would add that I have also bought and sold properties through Sims Williams over the past 25 years and done another rental too, and not once have they ever slipped on their first class service..and super friendly too. Well done all of you.
Tracey - Landlord - Jun 7th, 2022