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Buying and selling

  • Buying a property

    Buying a house is one of the biggest financial decisions that you will make in your life. It can be a fairly complex process, but luckily there is a lot of good advice around helping you to make your home-buying experience as easy and problem-free as possible.

    It is important to have a good understanding of the process as it will help you to avoid some of the most common hazards of home-buying. Home.co.uk has prepared an introduction to the home-buying process to help you to understand how it all works, how to plan it and what to watch out for.

    Step by step guide

    1. Mortgage advice – how much can you afford?
    2. Get a mortgage agreement in principle
    3. Find your new home and make an offer
    4. Hire a Solicitor
    5. Organise a survey and valuation
    6. Everything OK? Legal work begins
    7. Get your paperwork in place – final mortgage offer & life assurance
    8. Exchange contracts – you’re almost there!
    9. Start packing! Organise your move, bills, post redirect
    10. Finalise your contract details and complete the purchase
    11. Move in and have champagne!

    • Established in 1988, we have 3 office branches providing extensive coverage west as far as Fareham, north to Petersfield, east to Emsworth and the whole of Portsmouth
    • Residential, commercial, land & new homes
    • Experienced, dedicated and performance driven staff
    • Expert and free advice
    • State of the art yet welcoming high street offices
    • Unique 3D colour floor plans
    • Professional photos (drone cam if required)
    • Advertising in local property press
    • Bespoke property details
    • No sale no fee
    • Instant email and text mail out to buyers for immediate response
    • Distinctive and highly visible “for sale” and “to let” boards
    • Extensive internet advertising on: rightmove.co.uk, zoopla.co.uk,
      primelocation.com, bernardsestates.co.uk


    • We will utilise the full power of the internet to advertise our sales and letting instructions 24/7 to an international audience of thousands of potential buyers and tenants
    • We list all properties on the key leading property portals including: Rightmove, Zoopla, Primelocation, Vebra and of course our own website at www.bernardsestates.co.uk
    • We will supply and erect distinctive high quality full colour printed “for sale” and “to let” boards
    • We will feature sales and lettings property details in our illuminated high street windows displays in each branch
    • We use high quality photographic images of all properties to maximise the number of qualified viewings generated and often employ the services of professional photographers
    • We market every property effectively to ensure it reaches the largest possible audience
    • We will utilise local press advertising when it is beneficial to do so
    • We regularly telephone, text and email potential buyers and tenants with details of new instructions.
    • We produce bespoke, full colour, printed property details which are also made available to view and download from the internet. We include concise and well thought-out information to ensure every property attracts as much attention as possible


  • Landlords

    We have 4 types of residential lettings service options we supply to hundreds of landlords. We can help you choose the one that is best for you.

    Fully managed

    We will collect the rent and pass it to you promptly and arrange for any repairs and maintenance to be carried out on your behalf. This service includes:

    • Marketing, advertising and accompanied viewings of your property
    • Careful tenant selection and professional referencing
    • Preparation of tenancy agreements
    • Full photographic inventory preparation
    • Full rent collection service
    • Landlord paid via Faster Payments each month
    • Regular property inspections
    • Full property maintenance service, if required
    • Serving of legal notices
    • Notifying utilities at the beginning and end of tenancy
    • Landlord buildings & contents insurance available
    • Detailed monthly and end of year landlord statements



    Tenant introduction only

    We will locate a suitable tenant for your property using our extensive marketing capabilities. This service includes:

    • Marketing, advertising and accompanied viewings of the property
    • Careful tenant selection and professional referencing
    • Preparation of tenancy agreements
    • Setting up standing orders for direct payment to the landlord’s bank account
    • Checking tenants into property
    • Optional photographic inventory service


    Rent collection

    We will locate suitable tenants for you, undertake thorough professional referencing and collect the rent for you each month. Please contact us for more details.

    Guaranteed rental

    This option offers you extra piece of mind. If the tenants fail to pay, we pay you. No void periods. No set up fees. Please contact us for more details.

    Read about Landlord Obligations →

  • Tenants

    Looking for somewhere to live? Whatever your wish list and budget, we will quickly find you the right property.

    Bernards have flats, houses and apartments located around Portsmouth, Southsea and Waterlooville available to view. We can help with specialist rental requirements, holiday letting and short term tenancy agreements.

    It’s quick and easy. Just register with us and we will find your first selection of suitable properties.

    Priceless experience

    There’s 100 years’ of combined letting & sales experience in our team – that’s hard to beat!

    We have been independent since we started in 1988. It means we are passionate about our reputation, the services we offer and the experience you have with us. We guarantee to exceed all your expectations.

    How do we stay at the top?
    Technology makes us quick.
    Local knowledge ensures we are accurate.
    A friendly smile makes the serious business of property more fun for everyone!

    Visit our lovely bright offices in central Southsea , Waterlooville and Portsmouth. We would be delighted to help you.


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What our clients think

  • I had Robbie Osborne from the Waterlooville Office assisting me with the letting of my flat. Robbie was highly professional but also very personable and really easy to deal with. He provided excellent customer service and a stress free service, unlike the other estate agents I have had this misfortune to deal with in the past. I would highly recommend Robbie to anyone looking to let out their property.

    Mrs Agar - Landlord
  • We found Bernards Estate Agents in Waterlooville one of the best agents we have ever been with, everyone was extremely friendly and very helpful they did exactly what they said they would do. We felt we recieved a very good service and they all made you feel at ease every time. We would recommend Bernards Estate Agents to anyone and give them 5 stars for their service.

    Mr & Mrs Coyle - Buyers & Sellers
  • A massive thank you to Tom and all the team at Bernards Waterlooville. Extremely helpful and made the whole experience easy. If I were to need assistance with anything property related Bernards would be my first call. Thanks guys.

    James Mclatchie - Seller
  • I can't praise and thank Bernards enough for all of the hard work, time and effort they put into helping me buy my property. From the very first viewing of the house I found the agent, Charlie, completely knowledgeable about the property and the surrounding area. Subsequently, any queries or concerns were dealt with swiftly...even out of usual office hours. I honestly felt that Charlie went out of his way to ensure that I was kept completely up to date on the purchase of the property. I would have no reservations in recommending Bernards as my experience was so positive. I am loving my new house and say thanks to Charlie and the Bernards team for being so approachable, friendly and professional and for getting things moving along! Thank you so much.

    Deb O'Rourke - Buyer
  • Viewed through Bernards today absolutely great customer service! The agent who attended could answer all my questions and the office when called were just as good! 5* to Bernards and the North End team.

    Mr Jones - Buyer
  • Jim and his team at Bernards have been professional and helpful from the start and would highly recommend them for selling a property! Having looked at 2 other estate agencies we decided to go with Bernards for their friendly and personal approach, they got us the price we wanted and dealt with all issues swiftly and efficiently! Will 100% use in future and recommend to family and friends.

    Ryan - Seller
  • I can highly recommend Bernards at Waterlooville. I found the staff to be honest, trustworthy and reliable, which you do not always feel. I have bought and sold many houses over the years and feel I would definitely recommend them to friends and family.

    Sue Hogarth - Seller
  • Bernards came to value our home and after deciding to sell, our property was on the market the next day with professional photos included. We held an open day due to difficult working hours and had over two hours of active buyers round to look at our home. Offer over the asking price was massively appreciated to purchase our next dream home. I highly recommend Bernards and will be using next time we sell.

    A. Upson - Seller

Contact us

Established in 1988, Bernards are well reputed, independent estate agents ideally located in high street locations in Southsea, Waterlooville and Portsmouth. Our aim is to provide a first class service by combining our wealth of experience with full use of the latest information technology. The range of services we provide and the diversity of our client base requires a flexible approach that can only be provided consistently by well trained staff who genuinely care about our clients’ needs.

Opening hours

Monday - Thursday   8:45 – 6:00
Friday   8:45 – 5:30
Saturday   9:00 – 4:00
Sunday   Closed

Bernards, Portsmouth
129 London Road, North End, 
Portsmouth, P02 9AA
Telephone: 023 9269 6811

Bernards, Southsea
8 Clarendon Road, 
Southsea, PO5 2EE
Telephone: 023 9286 4974

Bernards, Waterlooville
47 London Road,
Waterlooville, P07 7EX
Telephone: 023 9223 2888

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