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    We are Delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted in the top 10 of the Estate and Letting Agents Awards 2014

    Final Results 9th May 2014

    "Thanks to all who voted for us"
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    Who We Are.
    IPS is a dedicated, privately owned and Licensed residential Estate & Letting Agency specialising in the sale and letting of property within Chelmsford, its surrounding areas and villages of Essex
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    Directors, David Gilvray, Martin Bird and James Neville have worked together for many years and do not consider themselves to be your stereotypical Estate Agents, but instead aspire to the principle values of honesty, transparency, sincerity and integrity and who's interest are with their clients before their own.
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    With a combined 64 years experience in Estate Agency the three directors have witnessed significant changes in the way agents operate and feel privileged to now combine the modern approach with the fundamental ideals which are all too often neglected, yet underpin the basis of good Estate/Letting Agency practice.
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    Our Company Ethos
    To provide a professional, enthusiastic and transparent approach in everything we do!
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    Independent Property Services have a long standing enviable reputation in residential lettings and have been established in Chelmsford since 1994.  We are proud to be Licensed ARLA agents ( Association of Residential Letting Agents) and consider ourselves one of the most experienced and successful independent residential letting agents in Chelmsford. Unlike most letting agents with the exception of referencing, which we insist is carried out by a professional referencing company, the remainder of our services offered are carried out in house, to include inventory, periodic visits, energy performance certificates, check in & check outs, viewings, etc. We believe this gives us a greater intimate knowledge of each of our Landlords properties. We are highly experienced hands on directors who would welcome the chance to assist you, whether you are looking to let your own property, portfolio of properties or looking to enter the buy-to-let arena.
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    Inventories
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    We produce our own APIP (Association of Professional Inventory Providers) paper inventory that details every room within the property and gardens if applicable. On check in we meet the new Tenant(s) at the property and go through the inventory room by room also taking meter readings and listing the keys released to the tenant. At time of check in we insist that the Tenant(s) sign and agree the inventory prior to us leaving the property therefore reducing the likelihood of any disputes at the end of the Tenancy.
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    Full Management
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    • Carry out the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) if required
    • Introduce a prospective Tenant Instruct a recognized referencing agency to carry out reference and/or credit checks
    • Prepare the Assured Short hold Tenancy Agreement
    • Prepare the MAPIP inventory
    • Collect the first months rent and deposit
    • Registry the deposit with the Tenancy Deposit Scheme
    • Check the tenant in and agree the inventory
    • Take meter readings Advise the Utility companies and Council Tax office of the Tenant's details
    • Collect the monthly rent
    • Be the Tenant's first point of contact during the tenancy and deal with any issues
    • Transfer the rent less any fees or expenses electronically to the Landlord's nominated bank account
    • Send you a monthly statement and invoice
    • Conduct a quarterly internal inspection of the property
    • Approximately two months before the Agreement expires contact the Landlord and the Tenant to ascertain whether the parties wish to renew or if notice is to be given
    • If a renewal is to go ahead, we shall Prepare the new Tenancy Agreement or if not deal with notice requirements
    • Check the Tenant out
    • Advise all utility companies on final meter readings
    • Remarket the property
    • All the above is based on a monthly % fee only  (NO UPFRONT COST)
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    Tenant find Service
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    Market your property

    • Introduce a prospective Tenant
    • Instruct a recognized referencing agency to carry out reference and/or credit checks
    • Prepare the Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement
    • Prepare the MAPIP Inventory
    • Carry out the EPC if required
    • Collect the first months rent and deposit
    • Registry the deposit with the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (if required)
    • Check the Tenant in and agree the inventory
    • Take meter readings
    • Advise the utility companies and Council Tax office of the Tenants details
    • Arrange for future payment of rent directly to the Landlord
    • All the above is based on a competitive upfront fee taken form 1st months rent (NO UPFRONT COST)
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    Referencing
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    When applicants wish to apply for a Tenancy, they have to pass a referencing procedure. We use Homelet a professional referencing agency to carry out checks which include - electoral roll, credit history, employment reference, accountants reference if self employed and previous landlord reference if applicable. We will not proceed with a tenancy unless the applicants have been approved. Unlike some agencies we don't rely on verbal or written information given by applicants.
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    APPLICATION A non-refundable referencing and administration fee is payable  
    REFERENCES We use a professional referencing agency. Each applicant, including any guarantor or company will be required to complete a reference/application form.The reference and application will not proceed until pay ment of the reference and administration fee has been received.A series of enquiries will be made about each applicant by the referencing agency and these will include confirmation of status from the following: Current Landlord,employers, bank/building society, Accountant if self employed, electoral roll, credit reference database including county court judgments, tenant's database. If you have any doubts about the result of any reference enquiry being satisfactory, we advise you to disclose this at the application stage. 
    DEPOSIT We require 1 1/2 time's one month's rent to be held as a deposit.This is returnable at the end of the tenancy provided the terms of the Tenancy Agreement have been complied with. 
    INITIAL PAYMENT The reference and administration fee must be paid prior to referencing forms being submitted.The first months rent, and the deposit must be received by IPS in full in cleared funds before we can check you into the property. If you pay by cheque, this must be received seven working days before the commencement of the tenancy. 
    FUTURE PAYMENTS OF RENT All rental payments are required monthly in advance of the due date.A bank standing order form will be provided for payments by this method. Please ensure that your bank details are completed correctly and that the form is signed and returned to IPS. Unless otherwise stated, all payments are to be made payable to IPS. 
    INSURANCE The landlord is responsible for the insurance of the buildings and any contents they own.We recommened that you have your own contents insurance for your belongings. IPS can provide you with information about tenants contents insurance under which various levels of cover are available, including the landlord's items against accidental damage by the tenant. Please ask for details. 
    INVENTORY A detailed inventory, which will also include a Note of Condition as applicable, will be prepared for your signature at the time the tenancy commences.This will be agreed with you when you are checked into the property and checked again when you vacate it.This is important in connection with regard to the return of your deposit.The landlord will also sign an identical copy of this document. 
    KEYS One set of keys to the main entrance door will be provided for each adult tenant.You are not permitted to cut new keys or change locks to the property without the permission of IPS or the Landlord. Please advise us immediately if the keys are lost or you believe that some unauthorized person has come into possession of them. Alll Keys must be surrendered when you leave the property. 
    UTILITIES Meter readings will be taken when we check you into or out of a property. IPS will write to the local authority in respect of Council Tax, the relevant water authorities and gas and electricity suppliers.Tenants must not change any utility supplier without informing IPS. We will need the full contact details for the new supplier and your customer reference number. 
    DAMAGES Accidents and repairs, damage to the property or repairs required, must be reported immediately to IPS who will take the appropriate action.We endeavor to undertake repairs quickly with the least inconvenience to you as possible. Please understand the difficulties that we sometimes experience with contractors particularly certain times of the year, for example holiday time or during adverse weather conditions. 
    PROPERTY VISITS If the property is to be under the management of IPS, we will visit subject to prior arrangement with you approximately every three months and report back to the landlord. 
    GENERALFurther information may be provided to you during your tenancy. IPS wishes you to be happy in theproperty and will make every effort to make your period of tenancy enjoyable.We would ask you to cooperate withus to ensure that you, the landlord and IPS benefit from a cooperative relationship
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    Martin Bird MNAEA, Dip Dea
    Martin has lived in Essex all of his life, with Chelmsford having been his home town for more than 20 years. He started his Estate Agency career in 1986 working for an Independent multi office company and progressed to managing their Chelmsford office. In 1996 he moved to a corporate agent again working from their Chelmsford office until 1999 when an opportunity arose to join Independent Property Services.Being the landlord of a small portfolio of properties himself and having had the experience of buying and selling property for refurbishment, Martin appreciates all the more the challenges that landlords, sellers and buyers sometimes face.Best known for his sympathetic, unassuming and professional approach. Martin still gets a great deal of satisfaction helping people move, even after 25 years in the business.During his spare time Martin enjoys the outdoors especially gardening, he is also a keen cyclist and has a particular interest in aviation and gained his private pilots licence in 1989 followed by a commercial licence in 1998!
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    David Gilvray
    David started his Estate Agency career in 1980 when he joined a highly respected Independent firm of estate agents in Braintree as an office junior. David then progressed to sales manager and met and worked with Martin Bird for a number of years until 1994 when he joined a large corporate agent and ran two very successful sales offices. In 1999 he joined Independent Property Services where he teamed up again with Martin and has been successfully running the lettings department since 2004.David has a reputation for being a very diligent, considerate and conscientious worker and prides himself on giving a very high standard of service which has been demonstrated over the last 30 years in the business.David resides in the village of Silver End with his wife Nicky and two teenage children, Leanne who is at university studying teaching and son Carl at Colchester Sixth Form College.During his spare time David managers his sons rugby team and enjoys gardening and surprisingly decorating.
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    James Neville MAPIP
    James started his Estate Agency career when he joined Independent Property Services in 2000 as a trainee negotiator and rapidly progressed to a senior negotiator. Since then James has gained a wealth of experience in residential lettings property management and residential sales.James specializes in the residential lettings arm of the company and deals with all aspects associated with lettings. He has a reputation for delivering a highly trustful and professional service and has an implicit understanding of finance in residential letting. In 2011 James successfully qualified as a member of The Association of Professional Inventory Providers.James resides in Chelmsford and has three young .
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Chelmsford
21 Duke Street,
Chelmsford,
CM1 1HL
Buying: 01245 762043  Local call rate
Letting: 01245 762042  Local call rate

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21 Duke Street,
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INDEPENDENT PROPERTY SERVICES (IPS)
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    Since its inception in 1994 IPS has established itself as one of Chelmsford's more successful Estate/Letting agents. We are an Independent privately owned company with a proven track record of having helped thousands of people move home over the past 16 years.
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    WHO WE ARE.
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    IPS is a dedicated and privately owned residential Estate & Letting Agency specialising in the sale and letting of property within Chelmsford, its surrounding areas and villages of Essex 
    Directors, David Gilvray, Martin Bird and James Neville have worked together for many years and do not consider themselves to be your stereotypical Estate Agents, but instead aspire to the principle values of honesty, transparency, sincerity and integrity and who's interest are with their clients before their own
    With a combined 64 years experience in Estate Agency the three directors have witnessed significant changes in the way agents operate and feel privileged to now combine the modern approach with the fundamental ideals which are all too often neglected, yet underpin the basis of good Estate/Letting Agency
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    SELLING YOUR HOME
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    At IPS we appreciate just how difficult it can be to know where to start when choosing an agent to sell your property! Striking the right balance between selling themselves and their company whilst at the same time delivering clear, concise, well qualified advice is far from guaranteed with all agents,particularly those less experienced. 
    At IPS you can be assured that only one of our highly experienced directors will visit you to discuss your requirements and offer simple yet effective advice on how best to achieve your objectives.
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    Absolute KEY to a successful sale is dependent on a combination of good marketing and quoting the right price, getting one right without the other simply won't work. Contrary to the belief of some agents it is the market that dictates property values not the Estate Agent. The idea that an agent will achieve a higher price because they charge a higher fee or have a chain of other offices is of no relevance to a buyer either! Assessing the value of property has in many ways become much more scientific and therefore easier than it was 20 years ago, largely due to the plethora of information available from the various property portals & websites. At IPS we advocate the use of this information and combine it with our many years experience and intimate knowledge of Chelmsford and its ever changing market dynamics!
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    PROMOTING YOUR PROPERTY IN THE MARKET PLACE
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    The way in which a property is presented to the market really can influence the outcome, particularly in a buyers market and when supply exceeds demand. Accurate informative and well written sales brochures, with the right balance of photos will ensure your property is seen before others! Similarly we recognise the importance of using a varied and diverse range of marketing tools to ensure we reach the widest possible audience which will increase your chances of securing a sale at the best price!
    At IPS our service will include: 
    Honest Straight forward advice Accompanied viewingsTransparency in everything we do Up to the minute advice on market trends Well written property particulars Floor plans (optional) Property placed on all major property portals Local media advertising Eye catching for sale boards Energy Performance Certificates Internal photos MNAEA Qualified Members of The Property Ombudsman Scheme CRB Checked Directors
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    SALES NEGOTIATION AND POST SALE SERVICE
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    Sales negotiation is perhaps the most critical aspect of an Estate Agents responsibility, if conducted well a sale will be agreed at a figure in-excess of the seller's minimum price, if mishandled the opportunity could be lost or the seller may feel pressured into accepting a disappointingly low offer. At IPS we strive to exceed our client's expectations whenever possible and all negotiations will only be conducted by one of our experienced Directors.
    The most stressful part of moving can often be after you have agreed a sale on your property. For prolonged periods of time you can find yourself left in the dark not knowing what's happening and more importantly not knowing when you are going to move. At IPS we make it our business to know what's happening throughout the chain at all times.
    The key to a smooth hassle free move always starts with a well negotiated sale conducted by the agent who should ensure that you are fully briefed on your buyers expected timescales,circumstances and ability to proceed.
    Time spent communicating this information between buyer and seller at the beginning often removes the likelihood of problems occurring later on and also reduces the sale fall through rate which for IPS we are proud to say is significantly less than there recognised industry norm!
    After the sale has been agreed we will maintain close and regular contact with the lawyers, mortgage brokers and other agents in the chain to ensure you are aware of the progress throughout enabling you to plan ahead with confidence!
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RESIDENTIAL LETTINGS
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    OUR LETTINGS ARM
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    Independent Property Services have a long standing enviable reputation in residential lettings and have been established in Chelmsford since 1994.  We consider ourselves one of the most experienced and successful independent residential letting agents in Chelmsford. 
    Unlike most letting agents with the exception of referencing, which we insist is carried out by a professional referencing company, the remainder of our services offered are carried out in house, to include inventory, periodic visits, energy performance certificates, check in & check outs, viewings, etc. We believe this gives us a greater intimate knowledge of each of our Landlords properties.  
    We are highly experienced hands on directors who would welcome the chance to assist you, whether you are looking to let your own property, portfolio of properties or looking to enter the buy-to-let arena.
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  • Team Member

    Martin Bird MNAEA, Dip Dea
    Martin has lived in Essex all of his life, with Chelmsford having been his home town for more than 20 years. He started his Estate Agency career in 1986 working for an Independent multi office company and progressed to managing their Chelmsford office. In 1996 he moved to a corporate agent again working from their Chelmsford office until 1999 when an opportunity arose to join Independent Property Services.Being the landlord of a small portfolio of properties himself and having had the experience of buying and selling property for refurbishment, Martin appreciates all the more the challenges that landlords, sellers and buyers sometimes face.Best known for his sympathetic, unassuming and professional approach. Martin still gets a great deal of satisfaction helping people move, even after 25 years in the business.During his spare time Martin enjoys the outdoors especially gardening, he is also a keen cyclist and has a particular interest in aviation and gained his private pilots licence in 1989 followed by a commercial licence in 1998!
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    David Gilvray
    David started his Estate Agency career in 1980 when he joined a highly respected Independent firm of estate agents in Braintree as an office junior. David then progressed to sales manager and met and worked with Martin Bird for a number of years until 1994 when he joined a large corporate agent and ran two very successful sales offices. In 1999 he joined Independent Property Services where he teamed up again with Martin and has been successfully running the lettings department since 2004.David has a reputation for being a very diligent, considerate and conscientious worker and prides himself on giving a very high standard of service which has been demonstrated over the last 30 years in the business.David resides in the village of Silver End with his wife Nicky and two teenage children, Leanne who is at university studying teaching and son Carl at Colchester Sixth Form College.During his spare time David managers his sons rugby team and enjoys gardening and surprisingly decorating.
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    James Neville MAPIP
    James started his Estate Agency career when he joined Independent Property Services in 2000 as a trainee negotiator and rapidly progressed to a senior negotiator. Since then James has gained a wealth of experience in residential lettings property management and residential sales.James specializes in the residential lettings arm of the company and deals with all aspects associated with lettings. He has a reputation for delivering a highly trustful and professional service and has an implicit understanding of finance in residential letting. In 2011 James successfully qualified as a member of The Association of Professional Inventory Providers. James resides in Chelmsford and has three young .
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Our branch location

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Chelmsford
21 Duke Street,
Chelmsford,
CM1 1HL
Buying: 01245 762043  Local call rate
Letting: 01245 762042  Local call rate

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Where we're active

Our Branch

Our Branch

Current Properties

Previously Marketed Properties

Note: Markers represent the centre of postcodes, not exact locations

Find us

21 Duke Street,
Chelmsford,
CM1 1HL

Telephone us

Buying: 01245 762043  Local call rate
Letting: 01245 762042  Local call rate

Email us

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    At Ips we take customer feedback very seriously, it enables us toconstantly monitor our performance and helps us identify waysin which we may be able to improve on what we do. Listed below is just a small compilation of some of our customer feedback

Testimonials from Sellers

  • Seller Testimonial

    Thank you for all your help. It is only when aproblem occurs that you can fully appreciate thata good agent is worth their weight in gold andin our opinion you fit that category exactly.(Vendor) Mr & Mrs Gibbs
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    At last the time has come to move on. I must thank you all forthe kindness shown to me is such difficult circumstances . The way you have treated me was very professional and considerate.(Vendor) Mrs Halladay
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    To Martin and James, just a short note to thank you very much forall your help with our house move. We will recommend you to any friends in the future.(Vendor) Mr & Mrs Baines

Testimonials from Buyers

  • Buyer Testimonial

    Martin you and your colleague James helped me with my move. I wanted to write to indicate how pleased I was with the service I received. The purchase was not as smooth as I would have liked because of the vendor's solicitor, but you both helped out by phoning around, and gently educating a beginner like me in the crazy ways of real estate! Many Thanks.
    (Buyer) Mr Witcomb
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    To Martin & everyone at IPS for your help in my move. Although we are the purchasers, not sellers you gave us more help and advice than our own estate agent, despite problems on completion.(Buyer) Mr & Mrs Staples
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The content on this Microsite has been uploaded by Independent Property Services, Chelmsford. Rightmove Group Limited makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the content, any queries should be sent directly to Independent Property Services, Chelmsford. Where properties are displayed on a page, this comprises a property advertisement. Rightmove Group Limited who operate the website Rightmove.co.uk makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the advertisement or any linked or associated information, and Rightmove has no control over the content. These property advertisements do not constitute property particulars. The information is provided and maintained by Independent Property Services, Chelmsford. Please contact the agent directly to obtain any information which may be available under the terms of The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 or the Home Report if in relation to a residential property in Scotland and if you have any query over the content.

Welcome to Independent Property Services, Chelmsford

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    Since its inception in 1994 IPS has established itself as one of Chelmsford's more successful Estate/Letting agents. We are an Independent privately owned company with a proven track record of having helped thousands of people move home over the past 16 years.

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21 Duke Street,
Chelmsford,
CM1 1HL

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Buying: 01245 762043  Local call rate
Letting: 01245 762042  Local call rate
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