Original article from Kent Live
The horrifying state of a Chartham house for sale left Homes Under the Hammer co-host Dion Dublin at a loss of words when he first visited.
The three-bed semi-detached house a mile from the village centre was in desperate need of some love.
Dion waded through the overpowering smell of mould in the dark and dingy rooms, full to the brim with garbage items covered in cobwebs and grime.
"This whole place needs to be gutted," the presenter said in between exclamations of disbelief.
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"Now I've been in some really bad places on Homes Under the Hammer.
"This is one of the most cramped I've ever seen."
The garden was good-sized, but "slightly overgrown", as Dion wittily observed.
The property, near Canterbury, was to be auctioned at a starting price of £175,000. And, apparently, if one "could see beyond the mess", it actually had potential.
According to the estate agent that joined Dion to give his expert opinion, if the new owners completely cleared and renovated the house and possibly built an extension, it could achieve a £300,000 resale price.
So who were the brave new owners?
The house was bought in the auction for £254,000 by developers Alison and Andrew, two seasoned veterans in the property market. In fact, Alison had already appeared in the TV show twice before.
The couple wanted to move in for long-term after they finished with renovations – which they intended to do themselves.
Almost a year later, the interior had undergone a complete overhaul.
Alison and Andrew's DIY – apart from where a professional was needed, such as for gas – transformed the place into something that could indeed sell for £300,00, while the couple's £30,000 budget was not exceeded.
The proud owners recounted the difficult year before them; Alison recalls that they even got investigated because they went forth and back to the tip fifty times.
Work still needed to be done to the exterior and the garden. But the semi-detached house now really felt like home for them, who loved living in Chartham and becoming part of the community.