Managing Vacant Property: VPS initiative to provide store of expert services for estate agents

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Any estate man­ag­er, let alone an agent, can recount tales of hor­ror from long or short-term vacant prop­er­ties under their man­age­ment. From graf­fi­ti through to drug dens, storm dam­age to squat­ters, the longer a prop­er­ty remains emp­ty, the more chance it has of falling into dis­re­pair and becom­ing even more dif­fi­cult to find new own­ers or tenants.

Over the last 25 years, a team of spe­cial­ists in man­ag­ing void prop­er­ties, VPS Group, have built up a strong rep­u­ta­tion with many of UK’s biggest Estate Agents, sur­vey­ors and prop­er­ty own­ers, pro­vid­ing a unique store of exper­tise for the sector.

They pro­vide lit­er­al­ly an A to Z of ser­vices, from alarms and assess­ments through to cre­at­ing 247 mon­i­tored secu­ri­ty zones, geared to pro­vid­ing time-sav­ing tasks and peace of mind in sup­port­ing estate agents’ spe­cif­ic require­ments. This week they have launched an ini­tia­tive to high­light these ser­vices to the sec­tor, including:

  • Pro­tec­tion of long-term vacant prop­er­ty, to opti­mise chances and improve turn­around speed for sale or rental
  • Prop­er­ty Main­te­nance ser­vices, to mit­i­gate cost and has­sle of prop­er­ty dam­age, includ­ing drain downs, grounds main­te­nance, fly-tip­ping removal and pre­ven­tion, graf­fi­ti removal, pre­ven­tion of aggra­vat­ed tres­pass and lock box­es to sim­pli­fy con­trac­tor works or viewings.
  • Pre-ten­an­cy and mid-ten­an­cy inspec­tionsto deliv­er increased cost-effi­cien­cy and time sav­ings, with pho­tographs of the con­di­tion of prop­er­ties, meter read­ings, and inven­to­ry lists, all avail­able on an award-win­ning real-time cus­tomer web portal
  • Guardians for com­mer­cial prop­er­ties – free secu­ri­ty through occu­pan­cy, mit­i­ga­tion of busi­ness rates lia­bil­i­ty, pre­vent­ing build­ing decay, and also sup­port­ing future plan­ning appli­ca­tions for change of use

The aim is to inform Estate Agents who haven’t used us before, that VPS’ estate agent ser­vices are designed to sup­port their in-house resources, so they can opti­mise effi­cien­cy and prof­itabil­i­ty.” Says Tom Acland, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of VPS Secu­ri­ty Ser­vices. Our teams of trained, expe­ri­enced per­son­nel can com­plete all types of pre‑, mid- and post-ten­an­cy inspec­tions to cap­ture prop­er­ty con­di­tion via track­able vis­its, pho­tographs, inven­to­ry lists, meter read­ings and oth­er infor­ma­tion, mak­ing this data avail­able in real-time through our secure, on-line por­tal. And in short, sav­ing estate agents’ time, mon­ey and admin­is­tra­tion across their prop­er­ty portfolio.”

For more details call 0330 005 5300 email UK@​vpsgroup.​com or vis­it https://​www​.vps​group​.com/​v​a​c​a​n​t​-​p​r​o​p​e​r​t​y​-​s​e​r​vices

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