Location: Villages south of Guildford, Surrey.
Budget: £10,000 pcm for principal house and £3,000 pcm for staff house
Search Profile: Spacious character family house with high ceilings and plenty of light, with accommodation for three staff members on or near the property.
These international clients, moving from the USA, required an 18-24-month rental property. They were open to a range of architectural styles, but required a substantial, unfurnished, high-quality family home, together with additional provision for staff members.
Through an intense search, I was able to identify 10 homes that matched their brief. The clients made two short visits, one month apart, in order to orientate themselves and narrow the shortlist down to their preferred options.
After careful consideration, two properties were clear frontrunners. One had enormous period charm and a small lake and the other was a bright, spacious home with high ceilings and in pristine condition. Ultimately, the wonderful natural light of the latter option won over the clients who had previously lived on the sunny coast of California.
The property rental was initially offered off-market at £10,000 pcm, and was successfully negotiated down to £8,200 pcm – a significant 18% reduction.
I also secured an additional rental house in a neighbouring village for the client’s staff at £2,250 pcm.
My clients were absolutely delighted with the result.
"It was such an enjoyable week of viewings...even with the silly masks it was made fun. Michael you have a very wicked sense of humour that I found just delightful. This was all a very pleasant unexpected addition on top of your professionalism, guidance and knowledge. Thank you so much for everything and making the process so very easy and enjoyable. You and Helen will definitely be invited as our first dinner guests!"
Mr & Mrs T - Switzerland
"Thank you Michael, without your expertise we most certainly would not have found our UK base. You provide a fantastic service and we consider ourselves lucky to call you a friend. We both look forward to the future in our new home".
Mr & Mrs D - LA, California
"Having sold our house for us many moons ago, we knew you would be the right person for our next move! Your support, assistance and guidance is invaluable. Thank you so much!".
Mr & Mrs F - West Sussex
"Michael we can't think of anyone better to provide such a service, with your local knowledge, reputation, discretion and sheer tenacity. Our transactions with you over the years have been hugely successful".
Mr & Mrs M - Surrey
"Michael, I don't know what I would have done without your expertise in guiding me through the numerous architect meetings to orchestrate the planned gutting and refurbishment of my London home. The team of professionals you introduced and managed impressed me no end with a first class job! I will be recommending you without hesitation".
Mr P - Chelsea, London
"Michael, now that we have moved in, we wanted to thank you so much for all of your hard work, guidance, expertise, assistance, dependability, service (above and beyond) and just plain good enjoyable company! We are looking forward to having you over next week to toast our new house...seems only fitting!"
Mr & Mrs W - Guildford
"Michael was an incredible help finding a new premises for my business, a process that was proving difficult given my new specific requirements. There was nothing immediately available, however Michael used all his skills and connections to identify several potentially ideal locations, one of which we have now agreed to move ahead with. Michael is highly professional, an excellent communicator, full of sound advice and he's good company!"
Mr C - London
"Thank you so much for all your wonderful help and for being there for us. I'm so thankful we were on this rollercoaster ride with you by our side! Cheers Michael and a BIG thank you for all your support and hard work."
Mr & Mrs S - London