This year Curchods are incredibly proud to celebrate our 80th year in business as a privately owned property business. Over those 80 years, the company has expanded from 1 office in 1938, to 21 sales and lettings offices today, including several specialist departments.
Founded in 1938
The business was founded by Peter Curchod as an independent Chartered Surveying practice in 1938, in the Grade II Listed former Dower House in Church Street, Weybridge. This fine Grade II Listed building continues to operate as Curchods Weybridge residential Sales and Lettings office today.
The second office opened in the nearby Surrey village of Ottershaw in the mid 1980’s, expanding into residential sales and lettings markets.
Curchods Sold To John Slatter & Andrew Dewar
After many successful years Curchod & Co – which continues to this day as a totally separate and unconnected company providing Surveying and Commercial property services – sold their residential sales business to John Slatter and Andrew Dewar – two trusted, private individuals who shared similar high professional values and a passion for the property business which they still possess today.
In May 1990 John and Andrew rebranded the residential sales business ‘Curchods’ and together became Joint Senior Partners of the new company.
When we acquired Curchods in 1990, we did so because it was a business of integrity, recognised by its clients for ‘adding value’ to their sales transaction by delivering honest and professional advice, something that still forms the basis of our company ethos.
– John Slatter, Joint Senior Partner
Growing Our Network Of Offices
Despite the early 1990’s being the worst housing market recession since the 1930’s, the dedication to providing an excellent service by experienced estate agents, proved to be a winning formula.
The business took off, quickly and methodically expanding to 12 sales offices along with Land & New Homes and Financial Services divisions.
We inherited a brand of outstanding professionalism and integrity with tremendous customer loyalty. It was our mission to safeguard and develop these critical three components as we developed and modernised Curchods.
– Andrew Dewar, Joint Senior Partner
In 1998 the partners purchased Barton & Wyatt in Teddington and after keeping the respected name for a few years rebranded it as Curchods to become part of the Curchods network. Shortly afterwards, the Shepperton practice of Wyatt & Sons (no relation to the former Teddington business) was purchased, bringing the total number of offices to 13.
Later the Head Office in West Horsley was added, which today is still home to our Land & New Homes Department, in-house Marketing Department and Mortgage Services.
Acquiring Burns & Webber Estate Agents
In 2007 Curchods expansion continued with the acquisition of the most highly respected business of Burns & Webber. With offices in Cranleigh, Farnham, Godalming and Guildford, this brought us to a total of 19 branches. Burns & Webber enjoy an excellent reputation in the towns and villages in which they operate and whilst retaining their original identity, they are incorporated into the Curchods network, receiving the same training and monitoring from the Joint Senior Partners.
Acquiring Lords Estate Agents
In May 2014, Lords Estate Agents was purchased and the Ham and Kingston upon Thames offices were rebranded under the Curchods name, completing coverage of the geographical areas between the existing offices at New Malden, Teddington and Esher and bringing the total number of offices to 21. The purchase of Lords Estate Agents also expanded our range of services into Residential Lettings.
We have never been the cheapest agent on the High Street, especially true today with the advent of almost ‘do it yourself’ online offerings, but our hope is that clients will see the true value of our service when they see the effort we put in to support, advise and guide them through every step of the way, whilst maximising the true value of what will likely be their most expensive asset.
– Andrew Dewar, Joint Senior Partner
Expanding Into Residential Lettings
In June 2014, Curchods continued to expand the lettings side of the business by acquiring an established independent lettings portfolio based out of Weybridge. Since then we have grown the business into the market leading lettings agency in the area.
Our Walton Lettings office opened in February 2014 and is the home of our dedicated Property Management team which is a central point of contact for tenants and landlords for all our lettings properties. Our Lettings Division has gone from strength to strength, opening a new branch in Guildford under the Burns & Webber brand.
In December 2016 Curchods acquired another residential lettings business and took over a portfolio of properties managed by Aspire Lettings based in Weybridge.
In May 2016, Curchods appointed Michael Ansell as Group Managing Director.
Michael has over 30 years estate agency experience, 29 of which were spent at Countywide – he was Countrywide’s youngest subsidiary Managing Director ever appointed and most recently worked as Countrywide’s London South Divisional Director.
The decision to bring in someone of Michael’s age and experience for the future operation and growth of the company was taken with the same intense and deliberate focus that Peter Curchod had when he first started the company.
Providing a truly exceptional level of customer service is at the very heart of our staff selection, training, retention and development. We believe that customer service is an attitude, not a department or a slogan. Outstanding customer service is provided when passionate experts regularly go the extra mile and in today’s hurried, more complex world, the extra mile is not something visited by many. Yet it is at the heart of every single member of the Curchods team.
We often hear that the descendants of Peter Curchod say how proud he would be of the business if he were alive today – we hope he would have been, as we are told that he shared the same high standards and principles that we use in daily life and which we encourage all of our staff to adopt.