Getting to Know You: Damian

Published on 19 October, 2015

Damian Smeaton  - Hatched.co.uk Leeds Regional Consultant

What do you love most about living in Leeds?

I love the location. We are very lucky to live so close to the open spaces of the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park yet still have the extensive shopping and entertainment facilities on hand in the centre of Leeds. You can be in the vibrant atmosphere of the city centre one minute and with half an hour be enjoying the countryside and fabulous villages on offer on the outskirts of the Yorkshire Dales..

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

If you want to add value to your home you need to offer more in terms of space or functionality and desirability. That could involve extending to create extra living space, a new kitchen, utility areas or an additional bedroom. You don't have to spend a fortune however to get the most out of what you have. Good presentation is incredibly important when it comes to selling you home. Present your property to viewers as the best it can be to get the best price, make sure it is clean, tidy and clutter free to show off the floor space you have.

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

The property market in Leeds at the moment, as long as you are realistic about the value of your property, is good. It's convenient position for both the M1 and M62 motorway networks, its open spaces and parks plus the excellent transport links to all corners of the country from centre of Leeds means it will always be popular for both families and professionals alike.

What advice would you give to first-time buyers?

Get professional mortgage advice before you set your heart on anything and be realistic as to what you can afford. Save as much as you can before you take the plunge and don't over reach yourself. Making an informed and sensible decision when buying your first home will benefit you massively when taking your next step. Take your time when looking at properties and don't discount areas that you may not feel are 'on trend', you may be missing out on a bargain that could set you on the ladder on a really strong footing.

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

There is something for everyone in Leeds. If you are wanting to explore your artistic and cultural side, there are renowned galleries such as the Leeds Art Gallery and the Henry Moore Institute showcasing work from around the world. There are also many independent galleries and also the Leeds College of Art. Leeds is also proud to be the only UK city outside London to boast both its own opera house and ballet company.

The Yorkshire Dales

If it is the great outdoors that is more your thing, the stunning Yorkshire Dales is right on your doorstep. There is also Roundhay Park, Golden Acre Park and Chevin Forest Park all a close to the centre of Leeds. You can follow in the footsteps of the Bronte sisters in the villages of Haworth and Keithley and if you want to absorb some local history, there is Saltaire, a world heritage site which is set alongside the Leeds-Liverpool canal.

After some retail therapy? Leeds has plenty to offer. Named the best shopping destination in the UK by the rough guide to Britain, Leeds offers a wonderfully diverse sopping experience. Combining quirky boutiques with high-end luxury and big name high street brands. With shops housed in beautiful arcades and listed buildings, in a centre that can be covered on foot in a few hours. A good place to start is Trinity Leeds, it is the city's newest and biggest shopping and leisure destination with over 120 shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and is home to the only Everyman cinema in the north of England. Trinity Leeds has been names of the UK's coolest brands by CoolBrands and is housed under a giant iconic glass roof.

The city comes alive at night, you can catch a show at the historic Leeds Grand Theatre which dates back to 1878. There is also City Varieties which has welcomed the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Houdini onto its stage over the years, making it one of Leeds most iconic theatres. If its live music you are looking for, opened in 2013 there is the First Direct Arena which was voted the 'Best New Venue in the World' in 2014. If you get a thirst after all that excitement go for cocktails at the Alchemist where you can watch their mixologists work their magic or head to Call Lane which is a very popular and lively part of the city full of bars, many playing live music. If you want to give your taste buds a treat there is the Michelin Star restaurant, The Man Behind The Curtain whose chef Michael O'Hare has been a part of BBC series 'The Great British Menu'.

How would you describe the culture at Hatched?

Everybody at Hatched shares the same goal and are focused on making our service the best it can be for our customers. There is a very friendly and down to earth attitude making everyone very approachable and personable. While I may be  150 miles away from the guys at head office, it never feels like they are more than just round the corner.

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