A Day in the Life of Andy Hawkins, Property Manager, City Rental Services
Here at City Rental Services it’s time to interview another one of our property lettings team at the Gloucester Road offices of City Rental Services – over to you, Andy!
Q. What’s your full name and job title?
Andy Hawkins – Property Manager.
Q. How long have you been at CRS?
I have worked at CRS for 13 years.
Q. What are your main duties?
I deal mainly with the property management side of things. I organise the larger maintenance that we carry out, ranging from preparing quotations and then organising the jobs themselves. I also oversee the lettings team and carry out any valuations for Bristol landlords in rented properties we manage.
Q. Why are property inspections so important?
We need to inspect properties to eradicate any issues that could be present both structurally and internally. We also are able to keep an eye on how tenants are treating the rented properties in our portfolio.
Q. How do you deliver rented property inspections?
You have to ensure that you are thorough, and take your time, I use an iPad and take as many photos as possible, so that we can keep visual records.
Q. Why do rented property inspections help landlords to rent properties?
We need to maintain all rented properties to a good standard: any problems left untreated will worsen and eventually cost more. Potential tenants are always wise to issues at the properties they view. A better maintained property usually attracts a better standard of tenant in the longer term, too.
Q. What issues do you help landlords and tenants overcome in Bristol?
I personally help our Bristol landlords in maintaining the integrity of properties and ensure that any problems our student and professional tenants have are dealt with speedily and effectively.
Q. How did you get into the rented property sector as a career and why?
I had spent time in the military and the second hand car industry – both of which had helped with my organisational and sales skills. I felt I needed a new challenge, and had always been interested in property. I originally worked for George Press in a lettings role, and then moved onto CRS.
Q. What do you think of the Bristol rented property sector at the moment?
I feel that a good property in Bristol will have no shortage of good potential tenants. We are always busy and looking for more properties to feed the demand. The market is buoyant in both a professional and student capacity. People love Bristol!
Q. What are your predictions for the rented property market in Bristol in 2015?
I’m sure the market will continue to grow, as many professionals are struggling to actually own their own home. Students are always a mainstay of our business, and they will always be attracted to Bristol as it is a cool place to be.
To find out more about our letting agency services in Bristol, get in touch today: simply call into 58 Gloucester Road to see us.