Searching for a home can be stressful, and finding that perfect property is not always easy, especially one at the upper end of the market. The internet provides a wealth of services to help you find the exact property you are looking for, but these services are not all the same.

At Sanderling, we are often asked what makes us different from major property search platforms such as Rightmove and Zoopla. Here’s what makes our service stand out.


Sanderling: A Personal Home Search Consultant

I operate an independent home search consultancy for discerning clients who have very exacting requirements. The properties I focus on are first class, high-end properties in the £1 million+ price range in Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire and London. It’s really important to me to only focus on these few areas because it means I really know the local area and can therefore provide more specialist assistance.

I am completely independent so I don’t work for any estate agents or other institutions. It’s my role to find out what you are looking for, source it and help you secure it, taking as much of the hassle out of the process as possible.

Buying a property can be stressful, so I aim to take that stress out of the process and to make it an enjoyable and exciting moment. I source the properties so you don’t have to drive around looking at lots of potential properties on your weekend, and I also deal with the estate agents so you don’t have to.

One of the things I can really help with is unearthing those unique off-market opportunities that are either not yet on the market or are marketed very discretely. These are only available to the most committed buyers, and by working with me you will be in this category.

Once we find a property you like, I can help you get a quicker and better deal;  I know how the market works, so I will help you work out a deal to get you the best possible terms.

I’ll be with you throughout the whole process from start to finish, and I am always your sole point of contact to keep everything simple.


Rightmove and Zoopla: Property Search Websites

Rightmove claims to be the ‘UK’s number one property website’, and it provides a number of tools that simplify the process of searching for a new home. For example, you can search for properties by location, price, bedrooms, property type and more. You can also look at sold house prices and market trends to get an idea of prices in a particular area, and you can even use the Happy at Home Index to provide you with more information about a whole range of factors in a particular area including safety, space, amenities and recreation.

Zoopla provides a similar service in that you can search for properties to buy and rent across the UK. It has a number of tools to help you including ‘Travel time search’ where you can find a property that is within a certain distance from points of interest, or SmartMaps search where you can draw an area onto a map and find properties within that area.

This type of website is popular in many countries. For example, a similar website in the USA is, which is one of the biggest property search websites. This uses a bidding format allowing you to search for a property and then place a bid on it from your computer.

However, despite being useful tools, none of these sites provide any personal attention that I provide to my customers, and simply leave you trawling potentially for hours on end with no progress.


Choose the Service that Is Right for You

As you can see, the two services are very different. The large online property platforms are more like search engines, whereas we provide an exclusive property consultancy service to take the hassle out of finding you that perfect property. So choose the right service for you when you start your home search, and let me know if you would like my assistance.


Call Richard Mottley on 0800 999 5758 or 07769 32 57 58 for further information or submit an enquiry here: