Why they chose Sussex?
Enrico asked his company Aon to transfer him from Chicago to the London office so they could be nearer his family. His wife Bintou was keen to have a more bespoke service than Aon was able to offer. After contacting a number of smaller relocation companies she decided to engage us as we offered exactly the type of service she wanted. Bintou asked us to help her and her family with a combined home and school search. Their two girls needed places in different year groups at school. Enrico wanted a good broadband service at home and an easy commute into the London office in Charring Cross.
Short- term accommodation
We also undertook a short-term accommodation search as they needed somewhere to stay until their shipment arrived from the States. Pavilion found them the perfect place to stay in a beautiful village in Sussex.
The School Search
Our initial brief was to research two different areas – one search in Surrey and the other in Sussex. We identified the areas based on their criteria, an easy commute to London and good local schools. First step, following on from Bintou’s selection of a suitable area in each county, we started the searches by contacting the local education authorities to identify the schools with places. When tasked with a combined school and home search we tend to start with the school search and once we have established school place availability we focus our home search in those areas. Having established which schools had places we compiled a school report which included the relevant Ofsted rankings. Bintou decided on Sussex as there was less availability in Surrey
Next up we booked and accompanied Bintou on tours of the selected schools over a two day period. Once the school was decided and the application form submitted we began the home search in close consultation with Bintou.
The Home Search
Pavilion conducted the home search using our database of well-known contacts as well as useful websites such as Rightmove, Zoopla, On the Market and Primelocation, Open rent. We pre-viewed and then arranged to see 10 properties with Bintou in one day. She fell in love with one of them and we started the negotiations. Having successfully negotiated a reduction in the rent, we agreed the rental terms and organised connection of the utilities through one of our contacts in the industry. We provided a comprehensive bespoke settling – in pack of the local area, including doctors surgeries and dentists, shops and local activities. We also sent our usual welcome hamper.
As soon as Bintou had her permanent address the girls were able to take up the school places. The family moved into their new home for Xmas and have settled in well. The girls love their school and Bintou and Enrico have already become part of the local community. We keep in regular contact with them . Bintou told us on numerous occasions that she was thrilled with our hands on professional approach.