I would like to say thank you for Abbie to finding the perfect property for us and Paige's help troughout the buying procedure. I can highly recommend Coopers :).
I have never in my life taken the time to write a negative review however, given the appalling service my flatmates and I have received over the last 2 years letting from Coopers, I feel compelled to do so.
We are unsure as to whether this abysmal service is reserved exclusively for students, or whether this is received across the board, but we have had the misfortune of letting 2 properties from Cooper's during our final 2 years at Brunel University.
Estate agents, namely in our experience, Jackie (property management) and Jayde, play on the inexperience of student's as first time house renters. We were misled about the facilities of our first house and encountered mathematical administration errors along the whole process leading up to the acquisition of keys for our first property. The service doled out to students is incredibly patronising, despite the multitude of errors made by Coopers staff, we were rudely affronted and made to feel that it was our inability to understand the renting process. Coopers charge an astonishingly high administration fee, in our case, 3 students, totalling £768. £240 of these charges were guarantor fees that we had to pay twice despite there being absolutely no change in guarantor information. It is written into contracts that students will have the price of end of tenancy inspections taken out of their deposits. All this would be palatable if the level of service received from Coopers was exceptionable. However, we have currently been without a functioning boiler in our house for 7 days during the middle of November. There is no out of hours service and the onus is placed on the individual to chase up Coopers with regards to repairs. We were greeted with the answer that, and I quote Jackie: "A boiler costs £1500 don't you know this is a lot of money." However as our rent totals £1650 each month and we have had to leave the house due to it being unliveable this does not seem a satisfactory response.
My only hope for this review is to raise awareness within the management team that the service offered to students is wholly unacceptable and needs serious review. Once again, it is with regret that I have taken time out of my schedule to write such a negative review, but I hope that students looking for estate agencies in the Uxbridge/Hillingdon area think carefully before choosing Coopers.
Miss Rachel Flyn has been managing my property for over a year, I am very satisfied! Rachel is very responsive and accommodating. Highly recommend the agency and Rachel.
I have rented 2 properties really good and return your calls and full of promises until you sign and hand over your deposit.
The first property I moved into was dirty and needed painting I was told it would all be sorted out I had to pay a decorator to paint the lounge and bedroom we could not move in for a week when we checked ou they charged me for 2 light bulbs and cleaning as they were selling the property.
The property I have now moved into the washing machine isn't working properly so my wife has to go to the laundrette and we have other problems but looks like I will have to pay for them myself.
Ben from the Walton office was fantastic in helping us purchase our new home, particularly in the latter stages, he was key in coordinating the chain to exchange and complete at the same time. We always found him professional, friendly, and available. Many thanks!
After listing a property with Martin Flashman, who had tied me into a 6-MONTH contract, I found it to be a very disappointing service. After 2-months on the market they got me an offer of £200k. I told them that was so insulting that it didn't deserve a reply, and when I spoke to Martin Flashman to ask why they would encourage such a low offer, his reply was that I can go and list it with someone else if I want to, but he has a 6-month contract and if I sell it through someone else, I'll be paying 2 estate agents fees. I waited for that contract to expire before I sold the house in Feb, 2010 through Gascoigne & Pees and they found me a buyer who met the full asking price of £250k within 2-weeks!
I had bought through Martin Flashman before and I generally value the idea of dealing with small businesses because I appreciate being able to speak directly to the boss. However, these are not the sort of folks I'd advise selling through, not if you want either a fair price, or a timely transaction. I can only speak for myself, but I will never sell through MF again, and I can't say I found Mr Flashman to be the sort of person I'd want to be dealing with ever again.
Very good agency with responsibility and they handle organization with the rented flat immediately if it is necessary. I would like to say thank you especially for Shaz, who is always here to help us in any query. I am happy with our home and with RSK who looks after us well.
The worst experience we've had with an estate agent. We arranged to view a flat at a certain time. We had to call the agent to see why nobody came at the appointed time. We were assured they were on their way. We waited 15 minutes before anyone arrived. Eventually two young women arrived without explanation but did not have the keys. They said someone else would be arriving and they knew nothing, as they "only work on Saturdays" as if that explained it all. The next woman arrived, by this time twenty minutes late, with another client. She walked right past us with no explanation nor apology and proceeded to enter the building with the other client. It appeared as if she expected us to follow her in. In the circumstances we had no inclination to do so and we left, having wasted a journey and at least an hour of our time on a Saturday afternoon.
James Matthews was so good when we sold my mother's flat that we went back to him and Whitman & Co when we had another difficult property to sell. Exceptionally good and knowledgeable, they deserve their reputation as the best Estate Agent in Chiswick.
In the process of renting a house with Whitman & Co - it's been a nightmare dealing with the estate agent. Perfect house, and we're excited to move in, however Whitman & Co are unprofessional, very fraught in their communication in the sense that one person says one thing and another will say another thing, and overall very difficult to get a hold of. I call and ask for a callback, only to call back 45 mins later and be told that person has gone to lunch - very poor ethic. Only giving 2 stars as the house is great, other than that they are unable to do their job professionally.
Great service form start to finish, very professional and customer focused staff who handled all aspects with superb efficiency and often went above and beyond in order to keep things on track throughout the whole process as well as keeping my updated the whole way through. I would have no hesitation in recommending Camerons Stiff & Co to anyone looking to either buy or sell a property
Terrible. They sent me to one address which wasn't built yet, and one address where the guy never showed up to let me in. Never followed up, useless. Sent bad flats that were irrelevant. Staff are rude. Asked 3 times to be taken off their mailing list and they still have not.