Here Chris Payne, Manager at Ben Siggins’ newly-opened Ashford office, talks about Ben’s decision to open his doors to Ashford’s home buyers and sellers. 

They say when looking for a home, location is the most important thing. With that in mind, this is the number-one reason people are choosing to live in the Ashford area. Set in the heart of Kent, the garden of England combines the charm and character of the countryside with the convenience of modern living. London is around 38 minutes away now via the high-speed train service, and Paris is under two hours away. The beautiful beaches of Camber are around a 30-minute drive and the historic English cathedral city and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Canterbury is around the same time away.

Canterbury Cathedral

On top of all of this, here in Ashford we are surrounded by stunning countryside including areas of outstanding natural beauty – you can literally walk to the countryside from most areas of Ashford.

Besides the outstanding location, people come from far and wide for the shopping experience offered by the McArthur Glenn Designer Outlet, not to mention the main shopping centre, County Square, in the heart of the town next to our brand-new office. Not forgetting its roots as a traditional market town; you can still find a farmer’s market every month in the high street.

As one of the largest growth areas in the country, Ashford has superb infrastructure with more to come for the local people, including a new cinema complex in the town itself. The town has expanded thoughtfully and has a number of green spaces and parks including Connignbrook Lakes Country Park, The Ridge and Victoria Park – which itself hosts the Create Music Festival which is one of the South East’s biggest free music festivals, taking place every July, traditionally.

The Ashford office

Ben Siggins’ exciting new office in the heart of Ashford is located next to County Square in the town centre. Combining Ben’s philosophy of straight-talking, honest advice with the flourishing reputation the company brings from its Maidstone and Medway branches and the local knowledge of the team in Ashford, you can expect a high level of service.

As I write, the team have already helped five people move before the office has even opened! Two of these have been on the market with other estate agents for months. What do we do differently then, compared to the other agents in the town? Often, it can be taking care and treating a home the same way we would our own when looking at marketing. It’s the detail in the writing; always remembering who we think may buy the property, making sure the photography is as good as it possibly can be. Sometimes we will take the same photo multiple times to get the angle, lighting and scene just right. We are often dealing with people’s largest assets and, more importantly, people’s hopes, dreams and aspirations of that dream home.

It sounds so simple, but treating people how we would expect to be treated and communicating every step of the way are things that we do, and our customers tell us these are the reasons they would recommend us.

Whether you are in Ashford or any of the surrounding villages, our local team will work with you closely, with the right experience and local facts. People who are committed to helping you and who will provide the highest level of friendly, approachable service to help you move.

Our experience doesn’t just help you move, we’re here to guide you through the legal and financial minefields of moving home as well, so you have all the support you need from start to finish.

You can find out more about our Estate Agents in Ashford here.