I spent two days with Jacqui for my home search. Everything went smoothly and we quickly secured a great house fulfilling all the criteria my family was looking for. Jacqui was extremely helpful and great company. She identified a promising set of 16 candidate properties but also kept a sharp eye and detected and raised potential issues with each of the properties during the visits. She also toured me around and educated me about the region and the culture and, finally, gave decisive pieces of advice before negotiating the offer on my behalf. I am sure I would be in a lower quality property and paying more, if not for Jacqui's invaluable help.
Joao & Family
Jacqui was a great help for us in moving from Denmark to the UK. Jacqui provided a comprehensive tour for 2 days of carefully selected houses according to our brief, as well as combining a selection of schools to visit for our son in the areas of our choice. Jacqui ensures local knowledge and great planning which is key when moving to a "new country". Most importantly is the result, and we found our new home that is in a preferred area and within 1 mile from the school our son will attend.
Thank you Jacqui for your valued help at a very stressful time.
Thomas & Annette
A 3 bedroom, beautifully maintained ex-showroom house…that is now home, thanks to Jacqui Dawson and Absolute Home Finders Ltd. I was looking to rent something in just one month and Jacqui helped to make it happen. She organised over 2 different days, more than 15 different viewings and organised it such that the gaps between each viewing and the travel time all fitted in well. And, what was more, she helped to negotiate the terms and close the deal.
So once again, thank you Jacqui! I would not hesitate to contact you and Absolute Home Finders if and when I start looking to buy a house. You make home hunting hassle free.
After having worked in Germany for a period of time, I found a new job in the UK and with a few weeks to go, started looking for properties to rent that suited my budget and also catered for large furniture and a dog. At first I thought it would be very easy but quickly realised that is was a nightmarish task and my stress levels were going through the roof. Thankfully my new company offered very good assistance with relocation to the UK and that is where Jacqui came in. Jacqui was sent our requests, type of house, number of bedrooms, budget, need to accommodate dog and furniture restrictions and then she got to work. The level of communication we received from Jacqui and the constant updates on where she was with the search kept all my paranoid fears at bay. She was open and honest about the problems our restrictions caused and advised us very sensibly to reconsider some of our requests. Right up to very late the day before the viewings Jacqui was still searching for properties. In the end she managed an amazing 20 viewings. She came with us to every viewing, asked pertinent questions of the agent and made two very intensive and busy days an absolute joy. I cannot compliment Jacqui enough on an exceptional search, making everything so easy and being an utter professional whilst at the same time bringing a very personal and fun touch to the whole nightmare that can be with an international house search.
Thank you so very much Jacqui.
Sean and Tracey
I was recently offered a fantastic opportunity to take a work secondment in the UK. Even though this was for a short period of time (6 months), where I lived was so important to me - it needed to feel like “home”. In addition I had a very short period of time to find this home.
The minute I met Jacqui I knew I was in good hands– she was just brilliant – professional, polite, discreet but at the same time she was so patient, calm and friendly. I really felt like I had someone who cared. She listened to what I wanted, guided me through the process, asking questions I would never have thought of to ask, and ensuring that I was completely happy with my choice. This was a new experience for me but with Jacqui’s help I found the most wonderful place to live – it ticked all the boxes and I couldn’t be happier.
Thank you so much Jacqui.
Due to an assignment in the UK, Absolute Home Finders were approached directly by a multi national company to assist with their employee’s relocation to the UK. Combining an orientation of areas within an easy drive to the office, as well as a shortlist of properties closely matching the brief, Absolute Home Finders sourced and secured a deal on a perfect apartment for the client.
Jacqui from Absolute Home Finders provided an excellent service in helping me - a Canadian - find a flat for a nine month assignment in Potters Bar. She worked hard to understand our family's needs and preferences, showed me many options and then made sure we closed the deal so I didn't have to worry about not having a place to live when I arrived. Since the flat was not furnished she made arrangements to rent furniture to suit my needs and preferences, ensured it was arranged to my requirements and ready to move in. And - going the extra mile - she made sure there were some basic foodstuffs in the flat and was on hand to meet me when I arrived to show me the flat and how everything worked. I would absolutely recommend Jacqui to anyone who needs a service of this nature.
A couple with very specific requirements approached Absolute Home Finders to assist with their property purchase due to a new job offer that required them to relocate from Scotland to Hertfordshire. Although the brief was fairly flexible, they did have certain criteria of which could not be compromised. Our priority was to find a property that accommodated wheelchair access, or had the potential to be adapted to provide the space and layout necessary to suit their requirements. A level driveway was vital to enable easy access to their car, as well as doors and hallways providing the exact amount of space required to allow easy navigation around the house. The location of the property was also a priority, in order to provide an easy journey to the office as well as a safe environment for their pets.
Jacqui provided an excellent service when I was relocating to Hertfordshire in search of a property to purchase. Her local knowledge, excellent contacts and ability to understand our requirements meant we were able to make good use of the very limited time we had to find a suitable property. Throughout the relocation Jacqui was professional, organised and a real pleasure to work with – the service she provided was well above the service I expected from a home finder. Jacqui not only found a property for us to purchase but also a suitable rental apartment to move into until our purchase completed.
I would highly recommend using Absolute Home Finders to anyone and have already recommended her to a colleague relocating from Canada who has had a similarly positive experience.
Richard & Sara
After sourcing and securing a rental property for this lovely family relocating to the UK from South Africa, and achieving a very successful relocation, the family contacted Absolute Home Finders again 3 years later, to search for a property for their clients to purchase. Understanding the family's needs, expectations and desires in detail, the first property we showed our clients was the one they bought!. Absolute Home Finders negotiated the deal with the agent, saving their clients a substantial reduction on the listed asking price, which covered our fee and much much more! Absolute Home Finders were available for their clients throughout the purchasing process and liaised with all parties to through to a successful completion.
After 15 years living as expats, we know how important is to have professional people helping us with any matter regarding relocation. Absolute Home Finders was indeed one of them. Moving to England was not easy, especially not knowing the areas or the schools, but they were the most professional and friendly. Thank you for listening and giving us the options that suited most for our family. Thank you for always being available. We now have a home and we love it.
Absolute Home Finders is always committed to cover your needs, anywhere anytime... that is priceless!
Robert and Monica
Jacqui helped me to find a house in September 2012. I was relocating from abroad and needed to fit my home search around a business trip to the UK. I didn't have a lot of time for the home search so it was really important to make good use of the time available. Jacqui took care of everything, selecting a large number of suitable properties, planning viewings around my schedule and accompanying me to each property. It was very easy to work with Jacqui and I'd definitely recommend her to others."
A family moving from Thailand contacted Absolute Home Finders to assist with their home search in St Albans Hertfordshire. Due to practicalities and time constraints, the family did not have any spare time to visit the UK personally to view potential properties shortlisting for them, but had the trust and confidence in Absolute Home Finders to find them a suitable home. During the search for a property to suit their requirements, Jacqui was informed by one of her contacts about a property (that had not yet been openly marketed) that seemed perfect for the family. She was quick to respond, and after viewing the property herself, she produced a full report to present to the client. The client was extremely pleased, a deal was agreed, and the property was secured within hours!
We unexpectedly had to relocate from Thailand to the UK at short notice and needed to find a suitable flat to accommodate us upon our arrival. We were thrilled to quickly find, via the Internet, Absolute Home Finders. Jacqui became a real asset to us at a time of intense stress and changes in our lives, as it seemed nearly impossible to us to identify and secure a flat by distance, without any connections in the UK. From the first email communication we had with Jacqui, she was very swift in addressing our queries and in getting the work done. Jacqui provided us with detailed reports, including many photographs and even photos of the local park for our daughter! And made us feel confident to commit to a property she had shortlisted for us. In less than a month, a beautiful flat in a central location of St Albans was secured for us and contract signed! Having Jacqui working for us really made us feel the burden of finding a suitable home was taken away from our shoulders!
Alexandra & Marco
After taking a new job in the UK from the States you could imagine moving to a foreign country even where they speak the same language, so to say, can be quite a challenge. Jacqui made this transition so much easier from the very first phone call/email to well after moved in. She truly is a professional at what she does but she also takes it to another level where I had full trust in her. She knew exactly what I was looking for and she has the knowledge of the market and local area that I would put up against anyone. To the smallest detail Jacqui was right there making sure every 'i' was dotted and 't' crossed. All this to say I'm truly blessed and thankful to have Jacqui help with such an important thing as finding a new home.
At last a property search professional who listens to me! Having used a similar service a few times in the past, Jacqui was by far the best I have used. I used her when looking for a rental property after recently moving to London. She was excellent at taking my requirements and finding the best available options for myself and my family. Jacqui did a lot of prep work and research to maximise our time together touring the properties. I actually went on tour with Jacqui twice, and both times I found suitable properties I liked. I would heartily recommend Jacqui and her services and I plan to use her again in the near future when I start a home search for a property to buy.
A couple with a baby due in 2 months time, were relocating from Germany to work in the UK on a long assignment. With the imminent arrival of their 1st baby it was imperative that we found a location and property to suit their change in lifestyle for the move to be successful for all concerned. I set up a 2 day search covering a range of property styles and locations within easy commutable distance to Mr R’s place of work but also considering his wife's needs with a new baby to care for. We viewed 20 properties over the 2 days and found more than one that was suitable. After careful consideration of their top 3 properties, a decision was made and their move to Harpenden was very successful.
Last year my wife and I moved to England and had to find a home in a very short period of time. Jacqui was referred to us and it turned out to be a blessing. She not only understood our urgency, with me starting work in a new environment and my wife being seven months pregnant, but also our needs. Though we had tried to research available properties online, it proved unnecessary as Jacqui had every possible property covered ( and some more!) She also kept in mind that we were not only new to the area but also the country so she advised us with the pros and cons of every property ( Noise levels, distance to amenities, child friendliness, etc..) She introduced us to areas we would have otherwise been ignorant of. And we ultimately found more than one property that would suit us. After we chose the one we live in now, she didn't just sign off but helped us with information we needed about setting up our new life. We could turn to her with questions about doctors, buying furniture, disposing off furniture and got prompt replies. She is not only up to mark on the properties available but also knows the area she operates in very well, which is very important to someone moving from elsewhere.
Wishing you good luck in finding your dream home as we did.
Mr & Mrs R
Having just moved to the UK from the other side of the world I can simply say that Jacqui is a true professional. She quickly worked out what type of housing I needed within the context of what is available in the UK, well before I worked out what I wanted myself! She was organised, well prepared and showed me a range of properties which helped me build a better picture of what was available and what I could expect. The property that she thought would best suit me was indeed the property I ended up taking. She has a thorough knowledge of the local market and as she has herself travelled and lived abroad is well aware of the requirements in dealing with the uncertainty and anxiety of relocating to another country. Jacqui was great company over the couple of days we spent looking at properties, not only teaching me about the rental property market in the UK but also about life and how to get along over here.
I would unreservedly recommend her for anyone looking for assistance in finding accommodation in Hertfordshire and surrounds.
Absolute Home Finders were asked to assist an Australian client relocate to Hertfordshire. After receiving a detailed brief, outlining his requirements, I arranged a 1 day home search to fit in with his tight schedule. My client’s preference was to find an apartment with 2-3 bedrooms to accommodate his family when visiting from Australia that was also located close to his new place of work and suited to his lifestyle. After thoroughly researching the market, we started our day with a full itinerary of 12 properties to view. Our 1st viewing of the day turned out to be the perfect apartment that offered him everything he was hoping for! Although we continued the search for the rest of the day, just to be absolutely sure the right choice was made. My client moved in to the property 2 weeks later.
Jacqui provided a fantastic service when I was searching for a new home in Hitchin. She was exceptionally well organised and very professional. Having travelled to Hitchin for one day only to find a rental property, I was quite anxious about finding a suitable place. Jacqui had done a great deal of research and scheduled more than 12 properties for me to inspect and made the whole experience very pleasant. She went over and above the service I was expecting and was a great source of local knowledge. By the end of the day I had found a property that I was very happy with and moved in just a couple of weeks later. I would strongly recommend this service to anyone looking for a property in the Hertfordshire area. Thanks again Jacqui!
Absolute Home Finders were approached to assist a family (originally from Australia ) to find a suitable property and a school for their 2 children in Hertfordshire. In order for the relocation to be successful, it was a priority for the right school to be found first. Many areas were explored where schools had places available for the children, also looking at property options within these areas that closely matched the families requirements. The family required a minimum of 4 bedrooms with a quiet room for a home office, 2+ bathrooms and a good sized garden. After deciding on the most suitable school for the children, the family proceeded with a house we found on day 1 of the search.
We spent a week with Jacqui for our home and school search. Jacqui was punctual, professional and knowledgeable about the housing areas we were looking at. She patiently answered my seemingly endless questions that a person moving from overseas might have, but more importantly she made me comfortable enough to ask. Jacqui offered advice and in dealing with Estate agents, she always acted in our interests in trying to obtain the best arrangements for us.
The use of a home finder was invaluable to us particularly in our limited time and having Jacqui was an absolute Godsend. I would highly recommend using Absolute Home Finders to anyone.
Carl & Tracey