Moving from Canada to Windsor for Three Year Assignment
The Initial Enquiry
We were recently contacted by a HR Director from an international seafood company who needed assistance relocating a family close to their UK business base in Windsor. The family required a four bedroom home and a school place for their son who would be going into Year 5 in September and a nursery place for their daughter. In addition to the school places they were keen to be in a town location.
How we helped
We set up a Skype call with the family to fully understand their requirements in order to really pinpoint our search criteria. They wished to be close to shops and restaurants, to schooling options and with a maximum commute time of 20 minutes to the Windsor office. They also wanted to be in close proximity to outdoor spaces such as parks, swimming pools and golf courses. We set up a viewing schedule over the course of three days to include the towns of Windsor, Englefield Green, Sunninghill, Ascot and Sunningdale in addition to three school visits.
Day One: We visited nine properties in Windsor and Englefield Green. We also set up a visit to TASIS School in Thorpe. TASIS, otherwise known as The American School in England, is an international school and community near London. TASIS offers the same schooling system that their son was used to and given the family were being relocated for a three year assignment, staying within the same schooling system would also facilitate an easier transition for him on returning to Canada.
Day Two: Today’s viewings started with a tour of Upton House School in Windsor. The family were also keen to explore UK schooling options but were aware that this prep school only went up to age 11, so their son would need to move again after two years. The family viewed further rental properties in Windsor and then explored additional options in Sunninghill, Sunningdale and Ascot. The couple viewed 10 houses and made notes on each one!
Day Three: On our final day we had a further 13 properties to view. Keen to visit another international school, we set up a tour of ACS Egham International School which also offers the International Baccalaureate programmes. Located on the other side of Windsor Great Park this was also a very interesting option.
The problems we faced
The move hinged on finding a school place that they loved which also had availability for a September start date in Year 5. The next challenge was to narrow down the many property options in terms of available rental start dates, proximity to the school and potential nursery schools and commuting distance. Being such an affluent area, we also had to keep a close eye on budget and take into consideration which properties included furniture and which didn’t – thereby possibly incurring additional cost.
The family felt that their son would be best suited to TASIS and the school came highly recommended by a colleague who had also been relocated to the area. They fell in love with a newly refurbished detached house with open plan living space and a generous back garden. The house was located on the edge of Windsor enabling an easy commute to the office and a short walk from Windsor Great Park. The American schooling system offers a door-to-door busing service so this property easily fell within catchment for the bus service.
The move has overall exceeded our expectations, I think a large part of this is due to how much was done by you and your team with the moving process. We really appreciate all of the extra touches.