Our Branches

Runcorn Branch

54 High Street, Runcorn
Cheshire WA7 1AW
t: (01928) 574401
e: runcorn.sales@adamsea.co.uk

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Stockton Heath Branch

12-14 Walton Road, Stockton Heath
Cheshire WA4 6NL
t: (01925) 398343
e: s.heath@adamsea.co.uk

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Widnes Branch

53-55 Albert Road, Widnes
Cheshire WA8 6JS
t: (0151) 4204055
e: widnes.sales@adamsea.co.uk

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Estate Agency Explained

What is the difference between a High Street agent and a DIY agent?

There are many services available to the public with varying degrees of support. The table shows a guideline and will give you a better idea of what to expect from your estate agent versus a DIY agent. Before you decide to instruct an agent, we advise you do your research and know exactly what is included in their fees and what you would have to pay for.


Typical High Street Agent Typical Online/DIY Agent
No Sale, No Fee Yes X
Up-front, flat fee X Yes
Database of potential buyers your property can be marketed too Yes X
Realistic valuations based on Local knowledge Yes X
Marketing: brochures, advertising in print

(local, national newspapers and magazines)

Yes X
Potential buyers vetted to avoid time wasters or people who can’t afford it Yes X
Arrange viewings on your behalf Yes X
Accompanied viewings at no extra cost Yes X
All negotiations professionally handled on your behalf Yes X
All offers checked for mortgage requirements and complete chain details Yes X
Proactive sales progression at no extra cost Yes X
Professional counter-survey negotiations Yes X
Local community-minded support and sponsorship Yes X
Presence on the High Street Yes X

A DIY option may be right for some people, but there can be more to selling your home than it might at first seem. Doing your research is key and can save you money instructing a DIY agency which turns out to be a poor fit for you and your property.

Don’t waist your time looking with any other estate agent. This team listens, are totally professional, happy to help, and they really do care. They held my hand through my parents home sale. Tracey was off Ill but still emailed to reassure me not to wo ... Read More

Tracey Batten

Neil and his team were first-class from start to finish. Despite the pandemic, they maintained regular contact and were hugely supportive. We would certainly recommend them!


would recommend adams. friendly and helpful staff. if you are selling your house look no further, they will sell it no problem

Trusted Customer

Very professional and knowledgeable

Trusted Customer

Recently put my house up for sale due to my original estate agents being closed down, had a bit of rough luck with my previous agent but these have been amazing so far, Liz has been a god send keeping me up to date with offers and viewings and giving me g ... Read More


Neil and his team sold my home quickly. They have extensive knowledge of the local housing market and helped me find the home I was looking for. I would highly recommend there services.

Chris Jones

Exceptional staff and service, would highly recommend to anyone .

Mr & Mrs Craig & Sandra Mountford

Claire was fantastic, really helpful, informative and supportive through the process of selling my property. Secured a quick sale too. Would highly recommended!

Katie Anderton

Really good, friendly service from everyone in Runcorn office.

Mr & Mrs Ian Waller

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