Getting to Know You: Martin

Published on 14 September, 2015

Martin Tune

What do you love most about living in Sheffield?

There is always something to do in Sheffield or nearby, I could quite easily never be at home if money (and time) permitted. We’re very well catered for with theatre, film, music, sports facilities, green spaces, education, shopping districts, eating out and if that’s not enough the Peak District, Wentworth Estate and Rother Valley are all within a short distance for a casual visit. If you really still aren’t happy with this, Sheffield is nice and central to get to Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham and London…

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

Set a budget and see how far you can get with it before spending. Sounds obvious, but a tidy well maintained home will be memorable for the right reasons, buyers struggle to see past lots of personal items and untidiness, so get the jobs done you’ve been putting off done first before getting the estate agent out.

If you are spending money, it’s worth bearing in mind that I find most buyers remember kitchens, bathrooms and gardens in a house and don’t often remember the rest if these are right.

How would you describe the property marketing in Sheffield at the moment?

It’s a mixed bag, some areas in Sheffield remain incredibly popular with bidding wars becoming the norm and under these circumstances, we think that the way we work and the prices we charge should be very appealing if you’re thinking of selling. Other areas are now continuing to find a bit more traction, especially so with families looking at nearby towns and outer suburbs that offer a bit more house for their money.

What advice would you give to first time buyers?

Get plenty of financial advice first before you do anything else. You might not get everything you might want in your first home, but it’s worth considering how much money you’ll save rather than renting if you are prepared to sacrifice the size of your current home or move to a different area.

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

They should check out the local theatres, The Crucible (yes the one with the snooker in it), The Lyceum and The Library theatre to name the city centre ones. The live music scene in Sheffield provides plenty to see from small pubs like The Washington (once co-owned by Pulp drummer, Nick Banks) to the larger venues such as the legendary Leadmill, the O2 Academy and Motorpoint Arena.

Once you’ve decided if you’re a blade or an owl, you might decide to visit either Bramall Lane or Hillsborough. (If it’s the former, you’d better learn “The Greasy Chip Butty Song”.)

“Eccy” Road is well known as the area of Sheffield for independent shops such as The Famous Sheffield Shop as well as drinking and eating with lots of individual bars and restaurants such as The Pointing Dog, Nonnas and Smith and Baker as well as the usual chains you’d expect to see.

Shopping in Sheffield City Centre is less of a chore than some cities as it’s not a massive city centre with the more individual independent stores located around Devonshire Green and Division Street. I should mention Meadowhall, but walking around a huge shopping mall just gives me a headache, so I’m not going to say you should visit there…

Sheffield’s landscape is constantly changing and most of what’s left is now thanks largely to the industrial revolution alongside distinctive but perhaps questionable 60’s architecture, some of which is no more although the prominent landmark of Park Hill which had been in a poor state of repair is currently being renovated and is one of the largest Grade II* listed buildings in Europe. The Kelham Island Museum is well worth a visit if you want to know what life was like in Sheffield and nearby for many of the steel workers and their families over the years. There is a lot of green space in and beyond Sheffield’s “Seven Hills” and it’s definitely worth venturing out to the rugged Peak District and Hope Valley.

If you like independent cinema, it’s worth visiting The Showroom in the centre of Sheffield, they also have many other events but it’s really known for showing a variety of foreign and independent film.

How would you describe the culture at Hatched?

It’s a hard working, fair and friendly environment. The common goal we all work to is getting the best results, providing the best service for the customer with minimum fuss and the most competitive price.

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