Are We Entering the New Roaring Twenties?

The quote is attributed to the English theologian Thomas Fuller from 1650. It could easily be applied now, more than 370 years on. As the weather turns for the better, the vaccine programme accelerates across the UK, and green shoots of the ‘old normal’ start to spring up, here at Martin & Co we’re feeling…

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The Five Most Common Renovation Blunders

If there’s a chance you could sell your Chelmsford home in the next few years, think before you rush into making any major home renovations. While you might read about celebrities investing in fancy wine cellars (David Beckham’s building one for his 7,000 bottles of plonk) or bespoke nature ponds (Ed Sheeran’s has a jetty), the reality…

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Three Stories to Get You in the Mood for Valentine’s Day

Lockdown celebrations One thing star-crossed lovers in Chelmsford don’t have to worry about this Valentine’s Day is bagging a reservation at a candle-lit restaurant.  In “normal times”, even the most mediocre eatery is booked solid on 14 February, but – alas – thanks to lockdown that won’t be the case this year.  So how can couples celebrate…

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What NOT to Buy Your Partner this Valentine’s Day

The Beatles were right when they sang ‘money can’t buy me love.’ But money can buy you a gift to give to your significant other. The trouble is not all ‘romantic gifts’ are created equally and received gratefully. And with Valentine’s Day on Sunday here are seven presents to avoid. Anything weight-related – Slim-Fast won’t…

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Why Hope is on the Horizon for Chelmsford

The past 12 months have been a Mount Everest like challenge for most of us. But hope is on the horizon. Here are seven reasons to stay optimistic in 2021. The vaccine rollout continues to gather pace and is vaccinating millions. Several animal species are expected to be saved from extinction. More governments across the…

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Property Scam Warning for Chelmsford Renters

Renters in Chelmsford should be on their guard against fraudsters using Covid-19 as a cover to swindle people out of their hard-earned cash. Rental fraud is not a new scam – Action Fraud, the UK’s reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime, has been warning about it for years. However, we’re concerned that the increase in property activity…

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