Firm boss is star of Homes under the Hammer
‘We knew it needed a lot of work doing’
AVALLEY property is set to feature on TV series Homes Under The Hammer after being transformed with a £40,000 make-over.
Michelle Procter, who runs her own independent financial services business, snapped up a former beauty salon on Newchurch Road in Stacksteads after attending an auction in January.
The building has been lovingly restored by Michelle’s partner Chris Dalton and father Jack Procter over the last eight months and Michelle and her staff moved into the premises earlier this month.
The project has been filmed by the popular BBC series Homes Under The Hammer with presenter and former England footballer Dion Dublin visiting the premises.
Michelle, from Rawtenstall, previously ran her business at King George Chambers in Bacup for eight years and has worked in financial services for 23 years.
She told the Free Press: “I bought the property at auction and while I was there they were filming for Homes Under the Ham- mer. They asked me once I had won it what would I be using it for and they asked if they could take it to film.
“I was very surprised. I was thinking ‘oh my word’. Do I do it or not do it? If it had been a two-up twodown property then I probably wouldn’t have agreed to it but it’s my business and it’s been nice advertising for me.
“Dion was a lovely guy. He was really bubbly and myself and my dad at ease. I took my dad because my partner was working.”
Michelle, who is originally from Stacksteads, bought the property for £38,000 and spent more than £40,000 on the transformation - around £10,000 over budget.
However she said she has been delighted with the results.
Michelle said: “We knew it needed a lot of work doing. We needed a new roof but what we didn’t know until the ceilings were dropped that there was a massive hole in the roof and water had been coming in over quite a period of time. Everything was wet through.
“I am extremely grateful to the help off my dad and Chris and I’m thrilled to bits with the end project. It’s just what I wanted.”
The building now includes an open-plan office space, private interview rooms, a waiting area, fully-fitted kitchen and a bathroom.
The programme will be aired on the BBC in the next six months.
●● Michelle Procter and staff at the transformed building
●● The interior after the TV transformation