Who We Are: The People Behind Property Assistant…. Simon Longhurst

If you’ve been following our series about the power behind Property Assistant then you wil already know that we firmly believe that the strength of any company lies in the people. Again, we turn our attention to the cogs and wheels of our machine and focus on one man whose job it is to keep these well-oiled. May we take our collective hats off this week to….

Simon Longhurst, Maintenance Engineer

A huge part of our lettings business is keeping the tenants of our managed properties happy in their homes. As all of us will know, the business of maintaining a property is many and varied and requires someone who is a master of many trades. Simon is certainly that and brings attention to detail and professional expertise to the table with all of the jobs that is required of him.

From repairs to decoration, routine and planned maintenance to emergency call outs, Simon has proven himself to be reliable and dependable. He is honest, friendly yet professional and enjoys communicating; all essential traits when you have someone working in your home.

That’s why we use his services and have no problem in recommending him to others.

A busy man, we managed to catch up with him to get some answers to a few personal questions to shine a light on the man behind the maintenance.

Tell us a little about what your job entails.

My job is essentially to fix things and resolve problems that may have been raised by an Agent, a Landlord or a Tenant. My role involves being reliable, communicative and professional, as well as multi skilled.

What did you do yesterday?

Around 10 jobs ranging from a dripping tap, a leaking shower, changing a light fitting, painting, fixing a door lock and sealing a sink.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

Managing time to ensure that expectations are met and that the more urgent jobs are prioritised.

What kind of problems do you face on a day-to-day basis?

I regard them as challenges rather than problems. There is normally a resolution, but it might take more thought, more time or more materials than originally estimated.

What’s it like to work for Property Assistant?

Great. Dan and Julie and the team are communicative, friendly, fair and professional.

If you weren’t working in your current job, what would be your dream career?

I gave up a career as a senior manager in international sales and marketing…so this IS my dream job!

What do you do to unwind after a stressful day?

I like to sing, whether it be with a band or a theatre production, and I also like to cook (and eat!)

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

Doing the same thing as I love what I do.