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I was contacted by Ricardo after a colleague recommended our services to him. She is also a professor at Manchester Metropolitan University and moved to Manchester at the beginning of this year.

Ricardo and his wife Cathy, an artist,  were looking for a quiet leafy neighbourhood with easy access to Manchester Metropolitan University by public transport. They like to walk but also like to be able 'to pop out for a coffee or a bite to eat.' They also wanted to be able to walk to an 'organic grocery store.' Chorlton seemed the obvious and best choice and we managed to secure a house within short walking distance of both the infamous Beech Road and the Mersey Valley's Ivy Green, and not forgetting Unicorn Grocery, the whole food co-op.

Ricardo was moving from California and I picked him up from Manchester Airport on an early Sunday morning at the end of May, on what turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far. I was slightly concerned when he called me in the evening to say that his heating did not appear to be working properly! Hopefully he will acclimatise before January!

Here is what Ricardo had to say:

'I have moved a week ago from the USA in order to work as a professor at a university in Manchester.  Everything went smoothly and easily thanks to the assistance of Gallica Relocation.  In just three days Hilary helped us to find a great flat to rent in a neighborhood that we love.  She put us in touch with shipping services that did an outstanding job.  More important of all, she is a caring and knowledgeable person, as well as a great listener who figures out what the client needs.  I heartily recommend her services to anyone moving to a new city.'

Update November 2016

Cathy and Ricardo invited me along with my family to join them for afternon tea and it was wonderful to see them settled in their new home in Chorlton. Their house, close to Beech Road, looked fabulous full of the precious belongings we had helped them to transport from California. Manchester folk have been their usual welcoming selves and Ricardo and Cathy were already feeling part of the Chorlton community and were going to the Beech Road bonfire later that evening to meet up with new friends. Cathy has a good friend who she initially met in Manchester City Centre when Cathy asked her for directions. Only in Manchester!

Ricardo is cycling to the University and was only caught out by the Manchester rain once. Waterproofs are now very much the order of the day. The weather may look fine but Ricardo learnt very quickly that Manchester weather can be very changeable. What is the saying, if you don't like the weather wait 5 minutes?

Here at Gallica Relocation we pride ourselves on providing relocation services that continue to help our clients to settle and do not disappear once a client has moved into their new home and the inventotry has been checked. Being local we are available to help with any issues that may arise in the early weeks or throughout a client's time in Manchester.