Principle using the latest technology to enhance its surveys

Principle Estate Management – one of the UK’s newest but most experienced property management companies – is using the very latest technology to make its surveys are faster and even more accurate.

The Birmingham-based company, which manages contracts nationwide, is using the MRI Qube PM Site Survey app as a bolt-on to its property management software system, also provided by MRI Software.

The app is designed to assist mobile operations and keep costs down, enabling staff to easily access and record property information at any time during inspections using a mobile device.

Brett Williams, managing director of Principle, which launched in early 2018, explained that the app removed the need for both paper-based processes as well as separate and expensive specific site survey devices.

Mr Williams said: “The Qube PM Site Survey app has allowed us to configure surveys to our exact requirements, and all the data it gathers is then quickly and fully integrated with our other property, maintenance and accounting systems.

“The diary entry system ensures all surveys are scheduled and carried out when they are required, and our staff are now conducting site surveys and inspections quickly and conveniently on their mobile devices – even when they’re offline.

“They are also able to take and then upload images on the job to further enhance the survey report, increasing efficiencies and providing a greater level of convenience and total transparency of the site survey process.”

Mr Williams added: “This latest technology means Principle is bang up to date and beating the old paper-based clipboard system which many agents still use.

“There is no juggling keys, clipboard and a camera as it’s all done on a smartphone, helping us to out-compete others in the sector with a better and faster service for the benefit of clients and customers, while making life easier for our staff at the same time.”

Dan Foryszewski, business development manager at MRI Software, said: “After Principle had selected Qube as their preferred property management software, they were great to deal with. I could feel their enthusiasm for our product and for getting the most out of it.”

Dave Hards, Principle’s MRI Software account manager, said: “For a young company that has been using our system for less than 12 months, they are already benefitting from the time they invested in setting up the system and understanding its full capabilities beyond basic financial recording and maintenance.”

Mr Williams, of Principle, added: “We’re pleased to be making the system work hard for us and know we are already ahead of others who have been using Qube for a much longer time.”