Principle boosts property inspection team to assist expanding business

An extra 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 (pictured on left) 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 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.”

Principle Estate Management is based at Cornwall House in Lionel Street, Birmingham, and offers a national property management service.

The company was launched in 2018 by Brett Williams the former head of residential property management at CPBigwood in Birmingham, and a past-chairman of ARMA, and is already the UK’s fastest growing residential estate management business.

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For further information please contact:

Brett Williams, Principle Estate Management LLP, Cornwall House, Lionel Street, Birmingham B3 1AP Tel: 07954 078711 / 0121 289 4315 Email:

Editors’ notes:

Principle is a customer-focused managing agent providing a transparent property management service to the highest standards nationwide, focusing particularly on the management of apartment buildings. Principle Estate Management, based in Birmingham, launched in Spring 2018 and is led by experienced chartered surveyors. The business was born out of a passion for “doing it right” through a director-led, friendly approach combined with robust systems that maximize efficiency. Principle provides a service that sets the aspirational standard for other agents. The company manages modern apartment buildings, traditional blocks of flats, mixed use developments, private housing estates and private rented sector (PRS) or build-to-rent (BTR) developments, as well as portfolios of rented properties for residential or commercial landlords.