Mum-of-two transforms South Cheshire house plagued by damp on TV’s Homes Under The Hammer


A South Cheshire property – which used to be a cheese factory- has undergone an amazing transformation after being featured on the popular TV series Homes Under The Hammer.

Mum-of-two Kelly snapped up the damp plagued Nantwich property at auction for just £110,000 in March last year.

Now it has undergone an £11,000 makeover and Kelly and her husband Jake have decided to put the property up for rent.

The Nantwich property on Homes Under The Hammer was plagued with damp

And the three-bedroom end terrace has been given a rental value of £625 per month by estate agents Butters John Bee.

The property does not feature a garden, but instead has a garage at the front of the house that Kelly had hoped to convert into another reception room.

But Kelly, who formerly worked in the fashion industry, says she doesn’t have the time and budget at the moment.

The Nantwich property does not feature a garden, but instead has a garage at the front of the house that Kelly had hoped to convert into another reception room
The Nantwich property does not feature a garden, but instead has a garage at the front of the house that Kelly had hoped to convert into another reception room

She said: “It’s a great location, it’s really close to the town centre and it’s close to where I live so it’s easy for me to be able to manage it in the future.

“I have rented out properties before, but not done them up before renting them out. I’ve got two young children, so I’m currently not working and it just felt like a good opportunity to get my hands stuck into something and keep myself busy.

“There’s quite a big issue with damp in the back of the garage/utility room area so that’s the first thing I want to tackle, getting all the guttering replaced. That plaster will need to come off, dry out and be re-plastered.

“I want a new bathroom upstairs, I think the kitchen is ok, but I’m going to redecorate the room. The whole house needs a complete redecoration, new carpets and I’m looking into the possibility of, maybe not now, but in the future, getting the garage converted because I think that has potential for another reception room.

“I’m going to look to get people in, normally I would get stuck in. I have done DIY projects before and I try and do as much as I can but with a young baby I can’t. So, I’ve been looking at getting quotes for the work to be done.

“I was thinking of around a £5,000 budget, but now I’ve got the keys and had a look round I’m thinking more towards 10. It doesn’t matter, I’m still pleased with the property.

A hole in one of the bedroom's floors meant that the whole floor needed to be replaced at the property in Nantwich
A hole in one of the bedroom’s floors meant that the whole floor needed to be replaced at the property in Nantwich

“The time scale is two to three months really I want to get it done quite quickly and then rent it out.”

Kelly went £1,000 over her £10,000 budget as a hole in one of the bedroom’s floors meant that the whole floor needed to be replaced.

She said: “We got the utility room done because there was a lot of damp in there, so I had to get all the guttering replaced on the outside of the house because it was causing the damp on the back wall due to the blocked down pipe.

The utility room after Kelly tackled the damp at the Nantwich property
The utility room after Kelly tackled the damp at the Nantwich property

“I got the bathroom completely ripped out and a new one installed. There was quite a bad hole in one of the bedrooms, so I had to have the floor completely replaced.

“It came in at about £11,000 because I ended up having a consumer unit replaced and the floor I hadn’t really planned for that needing to be replaced, but I’m still happy with how much I’ve spent.

“I was really keen to convert the garage, but I think at the moment time and budget wise I just don’t have it there at the moment.”

Kelly employed local tradesman Phil to help her with the redecoration at the Nantwich property
Kelly employed local tradesman Phil to help her with the redecoration at the Nantwich property

Kelly employed local tradesman Phil to help her with the redecoration while she balanced renovation work with caring for her three and a half-month-old daughter Tamsin.

And she says she is ‘really pleased’ with the result.

She added: “I’m really pleased with it, it looks like a different house really, a lot less colourful, but I think it looks fresh and clean and I’m hoping that someone will be really happy to move in here.

Kelly and her three and a half-month-old daughter Tamsin
Kelly and her three and a half-month-old daughter Tamsin

“I found a really good tradesman which helped to complete the project quite quickly. So, initially he came in to do the bathroom and then he ended up helping sort the utility room out and he ended up doing all the decorating as well. So that saved a lot of time and he was really reliable and helpful which was great.

“I think trying to fit it around having young children was the most difficult. Tamsin comes with me every time I come to the house which is great, but obviously it gives me a time limit on what I can do because I bring toys for her to play with while I do stuff, but they’ll only play for so long before they need attention.

“It was quite nice to get stuck into something other than caring for the children, which I love, but it’s nice to have another challenge as well. “





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