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At Sims Williams, we value integrity above all else. From our very first conversation, we promise to be open and honest with you. We understand the significance of entrusting your property – one of your most valuable assets – to someone else for sale. That’s why we want to invite you in, giving you a deeper understanding of who we are as a business.

We’re excited to share more about life at Sims Williams, straight from our team members. Learn about our roles, what makes working for this local independent estate agent unique, and why we’re proud to be a part of it.

What does your daily routine look like? 

We caught up with Susie Jones, Senior Property Consultant from Sims Williams’ Bognor Regis branch, and she shared an insight into her working day:

“We usually start with a morning coffee and team debrief from the previous day- setting the plan of action for the day. Overall, my job is centred around communication – it’s non-stop! There are so many moving parts, and people, in the home-buying and selling process; everyone needs to be kept up to date with news and developments otherwise the communication chain breaks down. I love the variety my job offers through working with so many people and being in constant communication, it’s how relationships are built and trust is formed. On Friday last week, I offered to pick up some paperwork from our vendor who is selling her property. She has been unwell so was unable to drop this off to her solicitor. It was a small gesture from me but made a big impact on this particular vendor. Every day can be varied and getting out and about is what I like so much about the job. It helps me become a better agent too. I have weekly catch ups with vendors and follow up calls from viewings which takes up a large part of my week, speaking to both parties – gathering feedback and then reporting back to owners (hopefully bringing an offer with me!) When we have had a particularly good week we sometimes celebrate with a beer in the office which is a fun way to kick-start the weekend!”

Melinda Fretter, an integral part of the Land and New Homes Team lifted the lid on what it’s like to work in this part of the Sims Williams team:

“No day is the same in my role as a key part of my job is dealing with people, so my diary can change in an instant and is heavily reliant on other people’s schedules. As a Sims Williams land agent, we get a good balance of office based tasks and site visits. I regularly visit various types of landowners to discuss their sites and any development opportunity, whilst also gaining an understanding of their needs and expectations too. The land opportunities we visit vary from gardens and possible land assembly to large open plots as well as Greenfield, Brownfield and commercial property sites .

As well as subject-to-planning sites, we also work with landowners on the disposal of their sites that have permitted planning to find them a suitable buyer .

More ‘in-house’ jobs include monitoring the local planning applications and data whilst communicating with our landowners on planning applications that have been submitted on their land.

Working with SME developers is also a key part of my day, whether it’s discussing new land sites with them or catching up with them on land they have in planning as well as development sites where they have commenced construction”.

Now to answer some of the most frequently asked questions:

You’ve just listed my property on the market, now what happens?

In a nutshell, here’s an insight into what goes on after your instructions have been received by Sims Williams.

  • Your property details are discussed in detail in our daily Morning Meeting.
  • Our sales team familiarises themselves with your property and completes necessary forms.
  • Professional photos and a walk-through video are taken, along with arranging an Energy Performance Certificate.
  • You approve the sales brochure before we go live on property portals and circulate details to potential buyers.
  • We arrange viewings and provide feedback afterward.
  • When an offer comes in, we verify the buyer’s position and finances.
  • If everything checks out, we proceed with solicitors and keep you updated throughout the process to make your move as stress-free as possible.

Where are the team members from?

The vast majority of our teams are from within the Sim Williams catchment area and are fully aware of our communities and the benefits on offer. Many of our staff have had children go through schools locally so we know all about that. Likewise, with out of school activities such as sports clubs and other social activities. Having lived and worked in the area for many years, we’re well positioned to offer help and advice.

How does Sims Williams differ from other agents?

Who better to answer this than some of our team – working in very different areas in the business!

Lara Silverson, Letting Property Consultant from the Chichester branch shares

“Sims Williams is a company full of REAL people that put all their time and care into what they do. Every member of staff is warm and welcoming and always happy to help whenever you’re unsure on anything. Also happy to sit with you and retrain if you’re not 100% sure on what you’re doing. Every single day is different and I’m never not busy doing something. There’s a great mix between serious work and being able to have a laugh with your colleagues every now and again”

“In comparison to other jobs and agencies I have worked in, Sims Williams is different… which does sound so cliché but it’s true. There is a friendly feel no matter your position within the company, no question or opinion is ever ignored”.

Susie Jones, Senior Property Consultant from Sims Williams’ Bognor Regis.

“I honestly love my job; it is so varied. Although the land team operates independently from the estate agency area of the business, I do work very closely with the branch sales teams , as they have first- hand knowledge and understanding of the local market and can advise on what property types they feel suit the location”.

Mel Fretter, Land and New Homes Team.

Richard Moores adds:

“That’s simple, it’s all about the staff. We are fortunate to have some of the most experienced estate agents in the area, that combined with some wonderful young estate agents and a ‘nothing is too much trouble’ ethos. We work in a very stressful profession dealing with people at their most vulnerable and with the pressures moving home can bring. It’s so important to us that we genuinely enjoy coming to work and helping people move house”.

Tell me about the significance of staff qualifications and how does Sims Williams support ongoing career development?

We encourage all our staff to sit industry recognised exams both in the Sales and Lettings side of our businesses. From initial apprenticeship schemes through to the National Association of Estate Agents exams. The property industry is sadly unregulated, it is our strong belief that the profession should become regulated to protect the public. Until then, we will do our best to make sure our staff are qualified and have access to the appropriate resources.

We are fortunate that both the NAEA and the major property portals provide useful legislation and training videos and courses which staff have access to, to help better their knowledge and skill sets. NAEA and MARLA members are required to carry out a minimum of 12 hours CPD per year.

Sims Williams are estate and letting agents with offices in Arundel, Bognor Regis, Chichester and The Six Villages. For expert advice on all things property or for a free no obligation market appraisal, do contact your local Sims Williams office. We are here to guide you through every step of your journey, providing professional advice, support and guidance you can trust. 

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What our clients say

Fantastic service

Excellent service throughout the sale of our property. The whole team was brilliant and kept in constant communication with us, especially Susie and Julia. Friendly, professional and knowledgeable, the Bognor team made the experience as smooth as possible, and were always available to talk through any issues that arose in what can be an extremely stressful process! We chose Sims Williams to sell our house because of how impressed we were when attending the viewing of a property they had for sale. We lost out to another buyer who was able to complete more quickly on that property, but knowing that we were interested the branch manager called us personally to let us know that the property had gone under offer so that we wouldn’t just find out from seeing it updated on Rightmove. These personal touches are indicative of the customer service that we received all the way through from Sims Williams. Thank you.
Sarah - Vendor - Sep 20th, 2023

EXCELLENT SERVICE

Sims Williams did a fantastic job securing our new home for us despite some difficult circumstances. Totally impressed with their friendly professionalism and would definitely recommend them.
Linde M - Buyer - Dec 7th, 2020

Sim-ply the best!

The ladies of the Arundel Sims Williams branch are magnificent! Friendly, helpful and patient. Always call back. Genuinely caring. Professional and cool in a crisis. They hold your hand every step of the way, and make the very stressful process of selling and buying as smooth as it could possibly be. Would thoroughly recommend.
Freya - Vendor - Jun 22nd, 2021

Outstanding Service

We sold our first home of 9 years, and bought our new forever home with Sims Williams. The service provided by John and team was outstanding. We had a very long and at times, stressful sale/purchase, however, John and his team kept us up to date as much as possible and the communication was brilliant. This made things a little less stressful. We can't fault John and his team and are so thankful for all their hard work and patience to make our sale and purchase possible. We would highly recommend using Sims Williams!
Mr & Mrs H - Nov 3rd, 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

Fantastic Service

The team were fantastic from start to finish, efficient, always letting me know updates, kept pushing the completion right to exchange! Great staff, friendly and would 100 percent recommend Sims Williams.
Nikki - Vendor - Apr 6th, 2022

Fabulous Service Thank you

We bought a wonderful house in Burpham through Sims and must compliment the entire team on their professionalism, follow through and continuous efficiency. Tamsin, Emma, Lynne & Helena, thank you all for your amazing work. House buying is stressful but helped when communication is clear and efficient, Sims excelled in this area. Linda & Mark x
Linda & Mark - Buyers - Nov 29th, 2021

Excellent service from the Arundel offfice.

All the staff in the Arundel office were very professional, friendly and easily contactable. It can be a stressful time selling a house but Helena and Lynn were very reassuring and chased up any queries promptly and efficiently. From the valuation by Tamsin to the viewings by Helena and the ongoing following of the chain by Helena and Lynn we felt they were completely in control and very enthusiastic about our house and the sale. We would highly recommend them to anyone.
Mr & Mrs Osment - Vendor - Mar 13th, 2021

Great Customer Service!

Emma and Helena at Sims Williams gave exemplary customer service. We dealt mainly with Emma. She responded to questions and emails in a very timely manner which was very helpful to us being out of town. She made sure we were kept informed during the purchasing process and was very effective in prompting others to help things to move forward. She is very polite and professional and is an asset to the Sims Williams team. Our overall experience was very positive and we will use their services again.
Zoe & Mark - Buyer - Jul 9th, 2021

Good working with Sims

Thank you Sims for navigating our purchase of our new home in Arundel. They kept on the case and were cheerful and professional throughout. Thank you.
Chris & Sarah - Buyer - Nov 25th, 2022