Martin Roberts discusses couple buying property without driveway
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Martin Roberts, 56, has been at the helm of Homes Under The Hammer for 18 years, since the show first launched in 2003, and there’s lots to love about the property program. Being with a TV show for that long, viewers wondered if Martin had many dislikes, as well.
Only the traveling to get to the locations and the blasted 50 mph roadworks on the motorways
But it turns out, he doesn’t!
Taking to Twitter, Martin encouraged fans to get their questions in for his weekly Q&A session, where he discusses all topics from property to his favourite kind of cheese, and one viewer wondered what the negatives were for him about the show.
They penned: “Hi Martin, what do you dislike the most about HUTH if it appropriate to say?”
After a little think and nothing sprung to mind, the presenter replied: “Only the traveling to get to the locations and the blasted 50 mph roadworks on the motorways.”
Another viewer wanted to know whether the presenters physically get to return to the finished renovations and if they don’t, how do they gauge the standard of work for their voice over.
Martin replied: “No I don’t but the team who do, report back and I look at the videos very carefully.”
And while nothing displeases him much about the program, the property expert has been left speechless on several occasions by what he finds inside a house.
Last week, it was no different as he visited a three-bed mid-terrace property located in the Bootle area of Merseyside. which harboured a rather “strange” floor board layout.
Priced at £35,000 to £40,000, the house was situated in an area that was set for major regeneration with a three hundred million investment plan on the cards.
Commenting on the value, the presenter said: “Doesn’t sound like a lot of money but clearly the road noise could be an issue to some people.
“However, I’ve just seen a bus going past so it’s got good transport links. That is really not a lot of money in this day and age.
“I mean, it’s literally the deposit you’d pay on houses in some parts of the country,” he added before discussing the interior of the house.
After stepping through the porch which created the entrance space, Martin explained: “It looks to be in a bit of state of needing some repair but a fairly standard layout.”
Taking the camera upstairs, the property expert explained how there were two single bedrooms and one double bedroom to accommodate those living in the house.
However, it was during his inspection of the double bedroom that Martin uncovered the “very strange” feature of the property.
The presenter said: “If you look at the floorboards, they go like that, then if you get to this bit here, you notice it goes in a triangle.
“It’s like this wall is at an angle and the rest of the house… very strange indeed. I don’t know why that is. Whatever!”
Despite the odd flooring, he still believed the house was in good nick.
“And what adds to the mysterious triangle is that there is no sign from the outside of bulging brickwork or wonky windows frames,” he pointed out.
“In fact, it looks in reasonably good shape. So one can only guess that something was measured wrong when the house was built.”
“Perhaps the rafters aren’t quite parallel,” he added, before going on to talk about the outside space, which he described as “slightly drab”.
“But there is nothing to make you think that the £35,000 to £40,000 guide price was anything other than good value,” he said.
Homes Under the Hammer airs weekdays at 10am on BBC One.
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