A global finance executive from the Netherlands has relocated to a waterside apartment in Manchester city centre with help from Beeby Relocation.
Barbara Beeby was contracted in to manage the home search and support package by a leading London-based relocation company. Based in Manchester, Barbara is a freelance relocation consultant specialising in the North West region.
Barbara started the relocation assignment by working through the background documents. The young executive and his partner were moving to Manchester from their home in Holland within a month. He was due to start work on a short-term secondment at his firm’s UK office in Salford Quays and was looking for a fully furnished one bedroom apartment to rent. The couple had expressed an interest in viewing properties in a residential area to the south of Manchester and also in the city centre.
After researching the Manchester property market and contacting local letting agents, Barbara scheduled a day of viewings. The Dutch couple were on a short visit to the UK when she met them at their hotel in Salford Quays.
Barbara says: “We spent the morning viewing properties in a popular south Manchester suburb. The couple liked one of properties, which was in a former residential home that had been converted into modern apartments. However the area lacked a tram route into Manchester, making it a long commute by public transport to Salford Quays.”
During the afternoon, Barbara had arranged viewings of apartments in the city centre. “As they were a young couple, I felt they might appreciate the kind of lifestyle that city living offers,” she says. “I chose vibrant areas, close to shops, bars and restaurants, that would allow them to enjoy life outside work. My client’s partner was giving up her job to accompany him during his secondment, so it was very important for her to be close to amenities and places of interest to occupy her time during the day.”
The couple viewed a one bedroom property in a new development at the heart of Manchester’s former industrial centre. Situated in a conservation area overlooking the canal basin, the apartment was within walking distance of the tram stop to Salford Quays.
Barbara says: “When we viewed the one bedroom apartment, it was tenanted and not in a particularly tidy state. The letting agent then showed us a two bedroom apartment on a higher floor in the same building, which was not on our schedule. It was furnished to a high specification and ready to move into, but it was actually over my client’s budget.”
The vibrancy of the area and appealing prospect of city centre living persuaded him to negotiate on the budget with his employer. The couple moved into the two bedroom apartment just over two weeks after the initial viewing.
Barbara was also assigned by the relocation company to undertake a Check In service before the new tenants moved in. This involved making a thorough assessment of the state of the property with the tenant, as well as checking and photographing items against the letting agency’s full inventory.
Barbara says: “This assignment really demonstrates that you can only get a true feel for an area by visiting it in person. Although the young Dutch couple had expressed an interest in living in a suburban area, I knew that public transport might be an issue. When they were able to compare it to city centre living, they were bowled over by the vibrant urban lifestyle on offer and the ease of commuting.”