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  • 3.0 star rating
    12/3/2010

    Forget the estate agents. What about the fact that they sell bacon and sausage sandwiches for £1.50, with loads of ketchup!

    And homemade soups too.

    Who needs a roof over your head when you've got succulent juicy food?

    Not I.

  • 1.0 star rating
    13/1/2010
    First to Review

    This estate agent has four branches in Manchester, and really capitalises on the student population by offering hundreds of student lets. These lets are never honestly advertised and the landlords are rarely decent.

    As students, my friends and I let our first house through homes4u and had an awful experience. I would definitely say that homes4u put their profits ahead of the comfort and safety of the students living in their 'managed' properties.

    The houses we viewed in our second year of uni were all with homes4u, because we wrongly assumed that the most advertised estate agents would be the best, and they were all horrible. The standards at homes4u are clearly very low, because we viewed some really nasty houses, one with black damp mould covering the entire living room ceiling and a bathroom that was rotten.

    We ended up in an OK house, but with the worst landlord ever. I really felt that homes4u totally side with the landlord, because they own the property and hold the cards. Our landlord would 'pop in' three or four times a week, totally unannounced, and got us to cancel our direct debits so he could come round and collect our rent as cheques or cash. As four girls we felt really threatened and uncomfortable, and homes4u paid absolutely no attention to our complaints.  In the end, one of our number dropped out and we were in the process of looking for another housemate for her room, when our landlord evicted us and kept a lot of money from our deposits. Again, homes4u did not want to hear about it.

    Unless you're ready to fight against laziness and bad property management, steer clear.

  • 1.0 star rating
    5/3/2010

    I was with Homes4U for two years.

    As a student, it represented my first dealings with estate agents - my first proper house, as it were - having "graduated" from University Halls of Residence. I'd made it and I couldn't wait.

    They were all smiles and kindness in helping us to find a place - and find a place we did. As a house it was far from perfect, but I liked it so much I stayed there for two years.

    However, once the deposits had been paid, the contracts signed, the standing orders set up...that was it.

    They're probably paid on commission - which would explain the initial interest they vested in us - but once they knew that we were in, that was it.

    That was it.

    We never even got to meet our landlady. Everything had to be done through them.

    Whenever there was any problem at all, we had to visit their office in person.

    Phoning them was no help - there was no guarantee that they were listening. At least when face to face you could see them writing things down. You can trust your eyes, can't you?

    Not that their "writing things down" entailed that they'd actually do anything. So - leaks were allowed to worsen, damp was allowed to spread - at one point the gutter fell from the roof at the back of our house - it took three months or so for them to fix that.

    There was also, for some reason, a nail jutting up from the bathroom floor on which I once gashed my foot.

    And, no matter how many times we told them, they just didn't seem interested. They seemed bored, if anything. I swear I once saw one of them roll their eyes when I entered their office for the third time in a week.

    Of course, when, for whatever reason, we were a day or two late with the rent - suddenly they wouldn't leave us alone. Oh yes. Reassurances were never enough. Eight months of paying without fail insignificant. No. They weren't satisfied until we'd paid in full - plus an extra, penalty amount for being late. Which is fair enough, I suppose - but the message was explicit - profits, not people.

    I can remember upon finally moving out and dropping off my key at their office - I'd miss my friends, but it felt incredible to consider that I'd never, ever, ever be prithee to their patronising drawling aloof ways again.

  • 3.0 star rating
    5/3/2010

    You're a student. You've lived in halls. You might have shifted around the campus accommodation blocks. You want to branch out into private. DON'T, I tell you! It's a minefield of electricity bills and arguments over water usage. But Homes 4U takes the difficulty out of it and finds you houseshares all over Manchester. From Ancoats to Withington, it encompasses the whole of the city.

    Talk about cosy and welcoming - right next to Kro on Oxford Road you can have coffee and a chat while perusing your options. The staff are friendly and there's free internet access so all your needs are met in one place. Epic! Definitely a good one for the massive student population of Manchester.

    Afterthought: I realise this place has less than positive reviews with students who've actually used them... what I'm simply reviewing is their facilities on Oxford Road so please take into account Rebecca and Elliot's experiences.

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Specialties

Property Sales

Our Sales Team are committed to offering honest advice to buyers and sellers alike, and to making the sales process as smooth and quick as possible. Their experience is varied, and we know that communication is the key to success, whether it is a first-time or a portfolio purchase.

Property Rentals

We advertise a vast range of property across Manchester, from Private Student Halls to City Centre apartments, and everything in between. We offer a full range of lettings services for Landlords, and have experience in every aspect of the rentals market, from Company Lets, to Student AST's.

Property Management

homes4u Property Management means a stress-free tenancy for landlords and tenants alike. Our dedicated Property Management Team is based in Withington, with Maintenance and Repair support in each of our branches.

History

Established in 1990.

homes4u was founded on March 17th, 1990, and operates from four offices across Manchester, in Altrincham, Withington and Manchester City Centre.

homes4u isn't just another estate agency - anything but. From day one we have offered added value services that put customers at the heart of our brand. Things like coffee lounges with free hi-speed internet access, a property website that's updated every evening, and access to all the specialists they need to make home-moving a stress-free experience. Most importantly we are really good at matchmaking people and properties.

As a company we have armfuls of vision and ambition. Put all this together and you can see why our proposition is 'for all of your property needs'.