Principle boosts property inspection team to assist expanding business

A further full-time property inspector has been recruited to join Principle Estate Management to help manage the company’s fast-growing portfolio.

Matt Hill’s new role was created after the number of developments the Birmingham-based company manages across the country reached more than 150 since its launch in spring 2018.

Principle’s property inspection team is already using the MRI Qube site inspection app to make thorough inspections of all properties, normally every six weeks for all apartment developments.

Mr Hill has worked at two national managing agents and has spent the last two-and-a-half years as a property inspector.

Ian Smallman, a director at Principle, said: “We’re delighted to have appointed Matt to our growing team. He has just the right experience and an excellent attitude to detail.”

Mr Smallman explained that Principle’s bespoke surveys ensure full quality checks, looking at building conditions for long-term property maintenance planning, identifying any reactive or proactive maintenance requirements and checking the quality of any recently carried out repairs.

The inspections also monitor standards of services such as cleaning and grounds maintenance, and check compliance issues for health and safety, and fire regulations.

The Qube app surveys are immediately fed back into Principle’s office system, with pdf-style reports available to clients, flagging up any maintenance issues for the office team to instruct contractors.

He added: “We see many agents not undertaking routine inspections when we take over existing developments. We feel it’s a good solution to have dedicated property inspectors and are pleased Matt is joining us to improve visibility for our customers.”

Mr Hill said: “I’m thrilled to be working for Principle which is making such an impact in the managed properties sector. Undertaking inspections is an important part of the overall property management function, and I look forward to helping Principle’s quality expansion.”

Mr Smallman added that as well as regular inspections property managers also visit their developments, but that this can then be to meet someone to discuss or inspect something specific.

He said: “Matt’s experience as a property inspector means he will quickly pick up the new job and make a swift impact on our expanding portfolio. We’re all about high standards and Matt makes a great fit in our ever-expanding team of quality people.”