Getting To Know You: Simon

Published on 12 January, 2016

Simon Barnett

What do you love most about living in Bradford?

Without question the proximity to the fantastic countryside areas of North Yorkshire.  My wife and I are lucky enough to live a few miles away from the Yorkshire Dales and the stunning Lake District.  In recent times Bradford has benefitted from large investment into the new Broadway shopping centre located in the city centre and the city has benefitted generally from investment into new businesses opening. If you are a curry fan (which I am), knowing that you are never far away from some of the best curry houses in the country is a good enough reason to live in Bradford. 

What would be your top tips for increasing the value of your home?

In order to increase the value you should really consider the possibility of extending your property which of course costs time and money.  If you are wanting to move house, really you only want to add some APPEAL and spend very little money…

  • Maximise the feel of space by removing unnecessary items. 
  • Encourage as much light as possible by removing large imposing furniture and keep curtains/blinds open for viewings. 
  • First impressions are vital; if you have a front garden, make sure it is looking its best for viewings and if your front door needs a lick of paint, paint it!
  • Reseal around the shower/bath and re-grout in between tiles.
  • If you have had problems with damp or perhaps an old leak from the bathroom, make sure these things are fixed and redecorated before the property goes on the market.
  • Often I will find that a box room is used only for storage, but if you are marketing it as a bedroom it would make sense to find alternative storage and put a single bed in there. That way viewers can see that it will fit a bed.
  • Clean up!

How would you describe the property market in Bradford at the moment?

The local market in Bradford is generally very buoyant.  First time buyers working in Leeds consider Bradford as a good option as you tend to get slightly more for your money and there is a good transport network into Leeds City Centre.  As with anything,  if a property is priced in line with the current market,  it has a good chance of finding a buyer. 

What advice would you give to first-time buyers?

Do your homework. If you are relocating from out of the area, make sure you get a feel for the different parts of the city before you take the plunge.  Get good financial advice from a mortgage advisor who will scour the mortgage market for the best deal for you.  Remember, your bank will only tell you about the products they offer so you may be missing out on a better deal. 

For people looking to move to Bradford for the first time, what are some great things to see and do?

Visit the famous World Heritage Site at Saltaire and visit Salts Mill where you will find the work of David Hockney and you can also eat in the popular Salts Diner.  There are many great parks in the area but be sure to visit St Ives where you will be able to follow the nature trail and stretch your legs around the lake there.  If you want to take in some of Bradfords historic textile industry be sure to visit the Industrial Museum which is ideal for a childrens day out. There is also the National Media Museum in the city centre which has a fantastic educational tour and also has the Imax 3D cinema screen. If you are wanting to spend some of your hard-earned cash then make sure you visit the recently opened Broadway shopping centre.   

How would you describe the culture at Hatched?

The culture at Hatched is one of positivity and making sure that we provide a complete estate agency service whilst saving sellers considerable amounts of money when selling their property.

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