Homes Under the Hammer buyer boosts value of ‘battered’ home by £225k

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Homes Under the Hammer visited Erdington in a recent episode where Dion Dublin looked around a home which had been stripped back to the bones and left in a very poor state. The spacious semi-detached property had a surprisingly low guide price of just £25,000 and was purchased by Amardeep for £152,000. As an experienced renovator and construction business owner, Amardeep was drawn in by the location of the house, though unfazed by the amount of work required to transform the property into a liveable home.

The three-bedroom home was tucked away in a small cul-de-sac, located in the northwest suburb.

A damaged exterior made the house look “battered and bruised” as described by presenter, Dion Dublin, who was just as disappointed by the interior.

Most of the house had been gutted out, with only the remnants of what would have been the kitchen, bathroom and living room downstairs.

A concerning leak stemming from the top of the house had “caused havoc” in the downstairs reception room which was damp and left without heating.

A large, yet cluttered garden had great potential outside, with two good-sized bedrooms and a smaller third room in need of some work upstairs.

Despite being incredibly run down, the home was spacious and largely empty – providing a great blank canvas for the buyer, Amardeep.

With a budget of £30,000 and a six-month timeline, he planned to extend the property outdoors to repurpose part of the large garden and add more living space downstairs.

The leak meant a new roof was also factored into the budget to make the property structurally sound.

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Thirteen months after the first visit, Dion returned to the property to find a “very spacious” family home in place of the run-down property.

Amardeep had successfully added a six-by-three metre extension as planned, as well as rewiring and re-plumbing the entire house.

New UPVC glazing could be seen throughout, with contemporary black window frames to update the exterior of the home.

The non-existent kitchen had been replaced with a sleek charcoal grey suite, contrasted with a gloss white island.

Modern grey tiles with underfloor heating were used throughout the open plan space with soft grey carpet elsewhere.

The new layout made for a bright and airy home, filled with natural light thanks to the front-to-back open plan living, dining and kitchen area.

Upstairs, rotten boards in the roof had been ripped out and replaced with new ones to solve the leak and damp issues. All three bedrooms had also been completely refurbished with a brand new bathroom suite also included.

Now the perfect family home, the “very spacious” property was finished to a high standard, though it came in £27,500 over budget.

Amardeep spent a total of £57,500 on the renovation in addition to the £25,000 for the property itself at auction. 

In July 2021, a local property expert named Ian Tudor visited the property to value the “top-notch transformation”. 

He noted that Amardeep has turned the property from “one of the worst houses in the road to easily the best”, estimating a £225,000-£250,000 sale price.

This would give the buyer a pre-tax profit of between £15,000 to £40,500 based on his £209,500 total investment.

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