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The guys who never give up! I always wanted to get into property, having seen my dad move up the ladder by developing our family home and taking advantage of house price increases over the years. I started by saving £250 pm towards a deposit for a buy to let (BTL). It felt like a million pounds and meant living like a hermit for two years to achieve my goal of being a landlord. Eventually £250 pm turned into a deposit of £6,000 and I managed to get on the property ladder. With the combined efforts of my brother Nigel, we managed to scale this up to 150 plus properties in 18 months.
I am passionate about what I do. Perhaps I work crazy hours sometimes – I can be in the office at 5am and finish at 8pm. I truly understand that property is there to provide a return and also that tenants are customers. I look forward to sharing the passion, commitment and knowledge I have built up over the last ten years.
“Begin with the end in mind”
I’ve worked for NGU from the day we first started, 10 years in total now. As a result I’ve worked in almost every role within the company – from prospective tenant viewings, rent collections, arranging maintenance to tenant evictions. I have a wealth of experience in the lettings sector and I feel this helps me in my role within the refurbishment department. My job is to attend all properties, pre and post tenancy, which require development work. The amount of work required is wholly dependent on the property, prospective tenant and local area. The easiest thing in the world is to “throw money at a property” whereas my job is to assess the amount of money required to let a property while also taking into account the landlords budget. From this I will arrange quotes and project manage any subsequent development.
Our developments vary from a quick clean and touch up to full scale developments involving replacing kitchens, bathrooms, central heating systems etc. In over 10 years at NGU I must have managed 100’s of developments and have come across almost every situation a landlord is likely to encounter. My job is to tell landlords “as it is”, not hiding what work is required but also ensuring a property is developed correctly. This is the hardest but also the most essential part of my role.
“He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being man”
I am a fully qualified gas engineer and have been qualified for over 10 years.
I started working for NGU as an external contractor whilst running my own gas engineer business. During this time I built up a professional relationship with a vast amount of tenants through NGU. Since then, I have become a full time member of staff as of April 2017.
My role is to complete all gas and plumbing jobs for the company as well as to give my expert opinion so that issues are rectified as quickly and cost effectively as possible to save our landlords money.
“Work hard and be proud of what you achieve”
Quality of service as well as fees are important to landlords. Our management fees start from 5% + VAT to landlords who take up our managed service.
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