Ballards
Henley on Thames, RG9
4.7/5, 15 reviews
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“In every way, right from the beginning, Ballards was terrible ......”

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Aug 16,2011
Minithumbdown
By: 'Peter'
Aug 16,2011
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In every way, right from the beginning, Ballards was terrible when it came to being a tenant in a rental property. When we initially went to view properties, we were treated in a way that made it clear the agent thought we were wasting his time, despite making it clear from the beginning that we had to choose something/anything that same day with available cash for up to 3 months rent.

When we had chosen a property to rent, the staff in the office lacked the knowledge and experience on what to do. They did not know where lease contracts were located in their office, did not know where to sign, had to constantly go back and forth checking whether this form or that form was needed, etc. Overall, it was incredibly unprofessional.

Once we moved into the property, the interactions with Ballards did not improve. We immediately reported a small list of significant considerations within the property that either needed addressing or simply documenting. We were informed to wait until we received the inventory report and document it there. We wound up not receiving the inventory report for 2 months despite multiple calls and emails to Ballards. When we did receive the inventory report it was back-dated as if it were delivered within the first week of our tenancy. We would not accept the dates on the documents and after standing our ground they updated the documents to contain the appropriate dates in which we received the inventory report. By then, the problems we initially reported were 2 months past, to which Ballards argued why we didn't report it sooner. It was a back and forth argument which we were able to prove our side with telephone records and emails. Ridiculous.

A few months later the cold water tap in the bathroom broke beyond repair due to age, requiring full replacement. In addition, mold/damp had begun to grow from behind 2 walls. We reported both issues to Ballards immediately in writing. Fast forward 5 months, dozens of phone calls, dozens of emails, 5 or 6 in-person visits to their office, and the tap was still not fixed and the mold/damp was still an issue (we continued to clean it on the surface but it continued to grow from behind the walls). Only after a very stern face-to-face conversation and threatening to withhold future rent payments and reclaim past rent for negligence was any action taken. Even so, it took a further month for everything to be resolved, despite the agent promising it would all be taken care of in 1 business week.

We are a patient and understanding couple who take care of any property we rent as it were our own, doing maintenance work where possible to our own expense. Had Ballards been more professional and taken care of issues when reported, we very well could have resided in the property for years. We obviously did not and when it came time to moving out, the charges attempted to be claimed were ridiculous: they wanted to charge us for the mold/damp damage to the walls, carpet, and curtains. In the end our extensive documentation of phone calls, emails, written reports, and in-person visits to their office held ground that we had done everything we could to report and take care of the issue and that their negligence was the issue at hand.

Now every time I see a Ballards sign next to a property I cringe, hoping and praying whomever is doing business with them is getting far better service than we received. I should note that the overall time frame of our tenancy was 2 years, so this was not an issue with just one or two specific people at Ballards--it was the entirety of their staff, including new ones that started their employment with Ballards during the course of our tenancy. Obviously they have an inherent culture of treating rental tenants unprofessionally and without any consideration or respect. As we are now in the market for buying a house, out of moral and ethical principle I wouldn't buy a house through Ballards even if it were my dream home.
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Ballards
20 Hart Street
Henley on Thames
Oxfordshire
RG9 2AU
01491 411055

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Services Valuation Accuracy Fees Satisfaction Min Price of property reviewed Max Price of property reviewed
Sales 100% 100% £450,000 £775,000
Lettings 100% 99% £950 £950
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Mar 08,2019
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Feb 26,2019
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Feb 26,2019
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Ballards have sold my last 2 houses in Henley. In both cases James Kilkenny was my main contact. Their approach was professional and effective , together with being friendly and supportive. For both properties they were very quickly able to arrange viewings for interested buyers and offers ...
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“Professional approach...”

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Feb 22,2019
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By: 'AB'
Feb 22,2019
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In the current difficult market James dealt professionally and tenaciously with the sale of our property which was in need of modernisation....
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Feb 21,2019
Minithumbup
By: 'Paul'
Feb 21,2019
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very pleased with the sale and purchase through Ballards, they were not over optimistic with the house pricing like other agents and have a more customer centric approach than a pure sales approach whcih makes them a pleasure to deal with as a buyer and ...
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in line with the local market
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“I recently bought a house from Ballards and cannot praise ......”

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Mar 08,2017
Minithumbup
By: 'Neale'
Mar 08,2017
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I recently bought a house from Ballards and cannot praise them highly enough. James managed the process and if it was not for him, I am sure that the deal would have fallen through. They are proactive and accommodating and when I come to sell, ...
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“We bought our home through Ballards and we were extremely ......”

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Mar 03,2017
Minithumbup
By: 'Camilla'
Mar 03,2017
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We bought our home through Ballards and we were extremely impressed with their efficient, professional and friendly service. I would certainly recommend them to friends and family....
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“James is an excellent estate agent. He is honest and ......”

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Mar 03,2017
Minithumbup
By: 'Michelle Kneafsey'
Mar 03,2017
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James is an excellent estate agent. He is honest and trustworthy and is knowledgeable about the area and property. Ballards always has a good selection of properties for sale and the staff are all extremely helpful....
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“An excellent service from James throughout a particularly complicated sale ......”

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Mar 02,2017
Minithumbup
By: 'Huw Morgan'
Mar 02,2017
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An excellent service from James throughout a particularly complicated sale of two properties. Calm, professional, thorough and clear communication between all parties throughout the process, leading to a very satisfactory outcome...
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Good....very competitive
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“We can highly recommend James from Ballards in Henley. He ......”

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Feb 28,2017
Minithumbup
By: 'Oleg'
Feb 28,2017
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We can highly recommend James from Ballards in Henley. He was very helpful when we bought our property and we contacted him again when we decided to sell. James was exceptional with providing very accurate property valuation, attracting buyers and managing the sale. We had ...
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The fees were very fair.
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“Having lived in Henley for the best part of 20 years, ......”

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Feb 25,2017
Minithumbup
By: 'Amanda'
Feb 25,2017
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Having lived in Henley for the best part of 20 years, Ballards were the obvious choice when it came to selling my house. The Ballards team in general, and James in particular, provided a really excellent service - they had been recommended to me by friends ...
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“Oliver kept in touch throughout the course of my search ......”

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Feb 24,2017
Minithumbup
By: 'George'
Feb 24,2017
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Oliver kept in touch throughout the course of my search and eventually found a great little investment property for me in the Town Centre - i'll be going back to Ballards to rent it in the near future...
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“I rented through Ballards for two years and the whole ......”

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Feb 24,2017
Minithumbup
By: 'Chloe'
Feb 24,2017
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I rented through Ballards for two years and the whole process was smooth and hassle free. Huey and Grace did a great job of finding my flat and resolving any maintenance issues quickly....
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“We found Ballards exceptionally easy to deal with on a ......”

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Feb 22,2017
Minithumbup
By: 'Loui Harris'
Feb 22,2017
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We found Ballards exceptionally easy to deal with on a very difficult and stressful purchase! James was always available, very professional and helpful. We would definitely use them again....
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“In every way, right from the beginning, Ballards was terrible ......”

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Aug 16,2011
Minithumbdown
By: 'Peter'
Aug 16,2011
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In every way, right from the beginning, Ballards was terrible when it came to being a tenant in a rental property. When we initially went to view properties, we were treated in a way that made it clear the agent thought we were wasting his ...
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Feb 26,2009
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