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.

Neil and the team went above and beyond to help me with my rental property. Great communication and professional throughout. Will definitely be using again.

Andrew Beswick

The service was excellent start to finish Clare knew how to help me to purchase my property Thank you e g knight


Brilliant company, looked after and rented my property for 14 years and have just helped me sell it as well. Could not recommend them highly enough. Many Thanks and the best of luck for the future.


Neil and staff, were the perfect estate agents for me. I was remote from the area and had to sell a property. The staff kept me informed at all steps of the process. Each and everyone of them were polite, helpful and efficient, all of which helped tremend ... Read More

Alice Marsh

Great service from Neil and Lorraine, both extremely professional and friendly during the process, they kept me informed during each step of the sale of my property. I would highly recommend Adams Estate agents over other local agents that I have used pr ... Read More

Mike Parry

Have to say that the girls in the office are amazing always there to help always letting us no about everything that we need to do great to pop in and chat with without them we don’t no what we would of done a big pat on the back for all thank you so mu ... Read More

Mr Mark Steggles & Miss Tracey Whitlow

A brilliant service by all staff in Adams branch in Runcorn. They went above and beyond in helping us find the right property.


From my initial contact to present, I've had nothing but exemplary service, politeness, respect, I can not fault any step of the process.

Mr & Mrs Shaun & Pauline Nichols

From the first meeting with Danielle at the house the service was great. Listed promptly and as planned and we had an offer accepted 3 days after listing. Throughout the process the office team, particularly Kate, couldn’t have done more to help. I woul ... Read More

Mike R

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