Burton Mail

Town home features on TV

- By GEORGE BUNN george.bunn@reachplc.com

A PROPERTY in Burton made an appearance on BBC property show Homes under the Hammer - and it drew praise from host Martin Roberts.

The two-bed house a mile-and-ahalf from the town centre in an unnamed street was dubbed “a blank canvas’ and a “good little property.”

Upon entering, Roberts said the building “didn’t look too bad” and it was unlikely there would be any “hidden nasties”.

But he flagged up an issue with the tiles in one room, saying it “felt and looked like it may be a little bit damp”.

He also said the bathroom despite being a “superb size” - was missing steps. Roberts jokingly suggested turning it into a wetroom and installing a diving board. The garden featured a former outside toilet as well as an abandoned shed.

The building was given a guide price of £30,000, with estate agents predicting a sale price of £110,000 after a renovation, with a rent of approximat­ely £550 to £575 a month.

The property was bought at auction by karate teacher and fitness instructor “Mark” from Derbyshire, who paid £74,500.

Mark said he intended to do it up with family including son Jake.

He said he was inspired to buy following the success of one of his other properties.

Mark also agreed it was a “plain canvas” and would invest £10,000 to turn it round over 12 weeks.

The improvemen­ts Mark made were clear immediatel­y when the cameras returned.

The walls had been renovated and the damp tiles in the kitchen dug up, Mark used them for his allotment in Melbourne.

With the help of his family, Mark renovated the property, giving it a silver and white modern look, including a bespoke fitted kitchen with a breakfast bar.

However, he did not take Roberts’ advice to convert the bathroom into a wetroom. Instead, he asked his dad to fit in two steps and turned it into a modern suite bathroom

In the end, it took Mark and his family four-and-a-half months to renovate the property, spending around £13,000.

Commenting on the property, an estate agent said Mark had done a “cracking job” and the property would fetch more than £100,000 if he decided to sell, which would mean a pre-tax profit of around £22,000.

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Martin Roberts The property appeared on the programme at the weekend. Inset: host

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