Homes Under the Hammer buyer turns 'mouldy' home into 'unique' space – boosted by £425k

Homes Under the Hammer presenter Jacqui Joseph visited a property in Hambledon, a small village south of Guildford. Jacqui said: “I’m here in this lovely village setting within the South Hills area of outstanding natural beauty. It has a wonderful rural feel, but with its good nearby transport links, you can be in central London in about an hour, so it’s ideal commuter territory. The property I’m here to see is a three-bed, end-of-terrace house, which had a guide price of £290,000.”

On first impression, the property was sat on a sizable plot, with an overgrown but large front garden.

Upon entering the home, the presenter said: “Well, it’s a little bit faded. It’s a little bit dark and oppressive here. Just dusty and mouldy. The windows definitely need to be sorted and made new and fresh.”

On the ceiling there were polystyrene tiles which needed to be ripped out as they posed a fire risk to the property. 

Towards the rear of the home was the kitchen which was dated and needed complete renovation. 

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There was also enough room in the extension for a small utility area, great for families as well as a downstairs toilet.

Upstairs there were now four bedrooms, one with an en-suite. The family bathroom had also been moved and given a great makeover, with neutral tiles and a white suite. 

George said: “I ended up spending around £150,000, but I think that was partly down to the type of finish that I wanted in here, and the fact we did decide to completely change everything, including the garden work, which is a bit more than I expected.”

A local estate agent visited the property to see how much value the work has added to it.

The expert said: “This transformation of this property is so unique to the market and it’s been so cleverly done and designed. I think the extension was the right thing to do.

“The kitchen is the biggest selling point on this property. I think this property would sell for between £650,000 to £750,000.”

Taking the top valuation means George has managed to boost the value of the home by £425,000.

The homeowner plans to sell the home and take on another renovation project.

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