A Stoke-on-Trent house has undergone a major refurbishment on popular daytime TV show Homes Under the Hammer.
The three bedroom terrace, in Sneyd Green – was featured in the television show after being bought at auction for £57,500 – £17,500 over the guide price.
Buyer Darius, from Poland, told the show’s host Dion Dublin he had a budget of £25,000 to renovate the property which needed new doors and windows, as well as work on the roof, a damp proofing course, a new bathroom and kitchen.
Darius, who lives in South Wales and was planning to rent the house, said: “I bought the property because I like the fact it is close to the city centre, parks and schools.
“I will need to make a few changes – a damp proofing course, plastering, a new kitchen and bathroom and I need to get new doors and windows.
“I’m worried there may be a problem with the roof as there is water coming through into the house.
“I have a budget of £25,000 but I could go a bit higher.”
During the renovation works – which included clearing the back yard which was full of rubbish and overgrown weeds – the house was cleaned up and decorated throughout making it bright and airy. New double glazing and doors were also added.
Darius – who did the renovation within his timescale of three months and had potential tenants looking to rent straightaway – said: ” I did have a few problems. There was a crack in the out building and the roof needed repointing.
“While doing the roof it was discovered there was a crack in the chimney, it wasn’t safe and there was water leaking. We had to put scaffolding up and have the chimney removed.
“We also discovered there wasn’t enough insulation in the loft so that had to be done and I had to replace a partition wall.”
Following the renovation works, estate agent Dino Vella from Samuel Makepeace valued the property in excess of £120,000 with a rental value of between £625-£650 per month, which meant, after spending £30,000 on the house, Darius could have made a potential pre-tax profit of £32,000.