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

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presenter Jacqui Joseph visited a 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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Homes Under the Hammer buyer turns ‘mouldy' home into 'unique' space - boosted by £425k © BBC Homes Under the Hammer buyer turns ‘mouldy' home into 'unique' space - boosted by £425k The home had serious damp issues © BBC The home had serious damp issues

Upstairs, there was a family bathroom which needed a "total revamp" along with two double bedrooms and a single.

Who purchased the home when it went to auction? The lucky buyer was George, who runs an IT recruitment firm, with a successful bid of £325,000.

Appearing on the show previously with another property purchased at auction, this was George's second home to renovate.

He met Jacqui back at the home to find out his plans. He said: "As soon as I arrived here, it won me over. The state of the inside, being cosmetic only, was not an issue.

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"So I have put an application in, planning application in for two different plants, one as a single-storey extension out the back here and then another one where it's a two-storey extension to increase it to a four-bedroom property.

"That would be my preference, because I think it would make the space so much nicer if it was an additional bedroom."

George also planned to modernise the entire house with a new kitchen and bathroom.

With a budget of up to £70,000, he had a timescale of somewhere between six and nine months.

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The bathroom before and after © BBC The bathroom before and after The kitchen needed a total revamp © BBC The kitchen needed a total revamp

Homes Under the Hammer revisited George and his Surrey home when the renovation work had been completed.

Inside, the property has been modernised with new herringbone-style flooring and grey carpet up the stairs.

In the front room, the walls have been painted white, allowing more light to reflect around the room.

Heading to the back of the home, George had built a two-storey extension with a George open-plan kitchen diner along with bi-fold doors out onto the garden.

George added an extension to create a gorgeous kitchen diner © BBC George added an extension to create a gorgeous kitchen diner The garden proved to be a lot of work for George © BBC The garden proved to be a lot of work for George

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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