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Relocating to Manchester: A Case Study

One of the things I enjoy most about being a relocation agent is meeting lots of lovely and interesting people; helping them to manage the stress of moving home and then catching up with them to find they are settled and happy and enjoying life in Manchester. Matt and Coral are no exception……….

Matt and Coral were relocating to Manchester from Paris. They were in a slightly unusual position in that most people relocating to Manchester do so because they have a new job role but Coral and Matt were moving to Manchester and going to seek new job roles once they had relocated.

Why Manchester? Manchester offers good job opportunities for both Matt who works in the financial sector and for Coral who is an artist and also means they can travel easily to visit family and friends on the Isle of Man, in York and in London. They are also keen indoor sky divers and the window tunnel at The Trafford Quays Leisure Village close to the Trafford Centre was an added bonus. The Chill Factore, the UK’s longest indoor ski slope is also located at the Village.

Many letting agents and landlords will not consider renting a property to those not working full time and even though Matt and Coral were able to pay a substantial period of rent upfront, many agents refused to even show them properties. Having worked with the local agents previously we were able to convince them to consider them as good potential tenants. Matt and Coral had some quite specific requirements: a semi-detached house with enough parking for 3/4 cars. Matt had had a ‘bad experience’ with parking and Christmas visitors and wanted friends and family to be able to visit and park easily. Matt was unable to join us on the home search and this requirement did keep Coral and I amused! We viewed houses in Prestwich, Urmston, Sale, Didsbury, Timperley, Altrincham and Hale over a two day period and Coral and Matt secured a newly refurbished and extended house in Urmston (with parking for at least 3 cars!)

Here is what Coral had to say

Hilary recently helped us to find a great rental property in an ideal location and I couldn't be happier with the excellent service we received! 

We were looking to relocate from Paris to Manchester but had very little knowledge of the area. Having discovered Hilary's website and spoken to her about our situation by phone, we decided to utilise her expertise. We discussed our requirements in depth, and when we met in person she had a full itinerary of potential houses for us to view. She had clearly taken on board all of our requirements and had a strong understanding of what would suit us, both in terms of house and location. This was reflected in the calibre of places she had to show us.

The overall house hunt experience was relaxed and enjoyable. Hilary was very friendly and helpful, and was able to answer the multitude of questions I had. She was attentive and honest, pointing out pros and cons of the various houses and locations, whilst also giving us time to process and discuss the options privately. She helped to give me an excellent overview of the area and even the places we were taken for lunch were well thought through. After our initial search she continued to assist us over the course of a few months, dealing directly with the agents on our behalf, and was on hand right up until we received the keys, which made an otherwise stressful move much easier.

I don't think I can stress enough the quality of service Hilary provided. She went above and beyond to assist us in our hunt for a suitable home in an unfamiliar area. She gave me all the information I needed, so that I felt I knew the area myself, she took the stress of communicating back and forth between different people upon herself, and even took us to places for lunch that I would go back to on a regular basis. Needless to say I would happily recommend her services!