New lettings and management agency is a family affair

Having recently made the leap from the building trade to establishing his own company, the lettings and management sector seemed the obvious choice for James Harris.

James and Nicky Harris James and Nicky Harris

Earlier this summer he created Cheshire Brick Lettings & Management and operates from modest offices at 78A King St, Knutsford.  “We’re not in expensive High St premises like other estate agents because the low overheads give us the freedom to put the client first,” says James. “I want to deliver a high level of service for the best possible price in the town.”

That’s not merely grandiose management speak because a partner in James’ business is someone with 18-years’ experience with another estate agency and 6-years specialising in property letting; that’s Nicky Harris, James’ mother.

She is ARLA qualified (Association of Residential Lettings Agents) and deals mainly with the landlord’s side of the business; finding a property which can be rented-out successfully for a landlord. With his experience in the building trade James’ role is to concentrate on the management of the properties, arranging general property maintenance or urgent repairs.

“We spotted a little gap in the market and we are building the business to exploit it.” Most property agents choose to offer either a ‘fully managed’ or ‘let only’ service accompanied with what James describes as high fees, Cheshire Brick offers a bespoke service. “Landlords can pick a package which suits them and they only pay for what they use. If they don’t want a gardening service then, with us, they won’t have to pay for it.”

The company is providing an 8.30am to 8.30pm service 7 days a week. In the event of an emergency there is also a 24 hour emergency helpline which also runs 7 days a week.

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