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Hello and welcome to the best of Homes Under The Hammer.

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Did you on, on this programme

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we have featured a huge variety of property,

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some bought for just a few thousand quid, others for well over a million pounds.

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Yeah, but our choice hasn't been dictated by price. More importantly,

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it's just our favourite memories from the last few years.

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So here's our pick of the bunch for today.

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In Kent, a pub where the taps had run dry

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provided a story which had me welling up.

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And the train to Nottingham was on time, but had they called time on this old house?

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These are two of our favourite properties from the early days.

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Find out what happened to them when they went under the hammer.

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I'm in this beautiful rural hamlet in Kent

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just seven miles away from the City of Canterbury.

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This village has a strong sense of community.

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It's all focused around today's auction lot. The Two Sawyers of Woolage Green is up for sale.

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The village pub had recently stopped trading.

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It went to auction with a guide price of £220,000 - £240,000.

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It was being sold with living accommodation upstairs, a large bar and garden area.

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Built in the 1800s, it's Grade II listed,

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which means you would only be able to do a limited amount to change its appearance.

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So, what's it all like on the inside?

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Ah, yes, a traditional olde-worlde Kentish pub.

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It's got an amazing feeling in here.

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It really smells like a pub.

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This fabulous traditional inglenook fireplace.

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All the brass plaques still on the brickwork. What a fabulous place.

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The thought now of turning this into a family home does worry me slightly.

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Don't forget, it is Grade II listed.

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And you could be up against an awful lot with the local planners.

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And why make it a home when it's still got so much use as a pub?

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I'm starting to feel excited about the prospect of someone coming in,

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doing the whole place up and filling those taps with beer again.

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# It's lonesome away From your kindred and all

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# By the campfire at night Where the wild dingoes call

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# But there's nothing so lonesome So dull or so drear

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# Than to stand in the bar Of a pub with no beer... #

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People in the pub trade these days will tell you that to run a successful business,

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you really do need to serve up good food.

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It's just a little bit small in here.

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It could do with an extension, subject to planning permission, of course. Or even a refit.

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These cupboards are a little dated.

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It could do with a new cooker.

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The thought of serving up all of that pub grub in this small space,

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I think it will be a bit of a squeeze.

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Upstairs is much smaller than you would imagine.

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With an open-plan living area at the top of the stairs, there are also two bedrooms.

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There's a bathroom but no kitchen.

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That means bar food every night, I think.

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Now this really shows the property's age. Look how low this doorway is.

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It's very claustrophobic in here.

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It is all under eves. For a bedroom, this is very small.

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You shouldn't be put off with old properties.

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Don't forget, this is Grade II listed.

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Over here, there's a certain amount of water damage.

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There's obviously a problem with the roof, although it does look quite solid from the outside.

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I would definitely get in an expert to check that out. Overall, quite disappointing upstairs.

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I can't see any families wanting to move into a pub like this.

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It may not suit a family but might suit a young couple wanting to start a new business,

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or perhaps an older couple looking to make a bit of money in retirement.

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The pub certainly has a lot of character to build on

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and it'd be an outright shame if it was converted into a home.

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The residents of the village are so passionate about not wanting to lose their local pub

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that they've held meetings and have made leaflets to hand out on the day of the auction

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to try and stop people from buying the pub and turning it into something else.

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It seems this pub has really brought the community together in many ways.

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So, will it retain its pub spirit and open the doors to the public once more?

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Or will the developers get their hands on it and turn it into an idyllic country house?

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There's only one way to find out. Let's go to auction.

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£220,000 to get me on the way.

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220, I have at the back. 220, I'm on the way. 220. 225?

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225. 225, I have.

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And 30, 230 and 35, 235.

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At £230,000 I've got. 235 I want. Are we done at £230,000?

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235 sitting down. 240 now, if you like? 240?

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At 235 sitting down in the middle and 240 I want. At £235,000 I'm bid, and 240 I want.

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Are we all done at £235,000?

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£238, I've got. 240 now, make it.

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£240,000, if you like. 240, I have.

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242 at the back? 240,000 I've got.

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It is in the room to sell at £240,000. You need to hurry up if you're going to bid.

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At £240,000 I have for the first time then. At £240,000 for the second, if you're all done.

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At £240,000 for the third and final time if everyone else is out?

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-Yes!

-Yes, what a cheer!

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And the winner is Brenda - she's the happy one, in case you hadn't noticed - and her brother, Tony.

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The reason Brenda is so jubilant is that they tried to buy the pub before but it didn't go through

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and then it went to auction.

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But now it's rightfully theirs.

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What was the price you'd agreed prior to the auction?

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£250,000. So that was a better bonus.

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-Even better.

-So it really was meant to be, wasn't it?

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It was. There's BH out on the front.

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It's got my name stamped all over this pub. Delighted with it all.

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How did you feel the first time you clapped eyes on it?

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We'd gone out for the day. Tony said let's go and find some lunch.

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We walked in and I said, "I could do with something like this.

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"Get my life back on track." Walked in and found out it was up for sale.

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-Why hasn't your life been on track?

-My husband died, all of a sudden.

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Oh-h. How long ago now?

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Two years in June.

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On my oldest son's wedding day.

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That's so sad. Tony, you've been there

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-every step of the way with Brenda...

-Yeah.

-..helping her along.

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And my kids, they've been wonderful and they are behind me 100%.

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'Let's hope this place brings some comfort for Brenda, who feels she's ready for a brand-new start.

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'Brenda was a landlady for years.

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'Together with her late husband, Kevin, they took on pubs

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'that needed work and turned them back into the heart of community.

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'But what made this pub so special for her?'

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-I felt as though my husband was still sitting on my shoulder.

-Really?

-Mmm.

-Did you get any signs?

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Yeah, a rainbow board with the menu and he believed in rainbows.

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-Did he really?

-Yeah. So I just feel I'm at rainbow's end now.

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# Somewhere

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# Over the rainbow... #

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If Kevin believed in rainbows then he must have believed in the pot of gold at the end too.

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But before Brenda gets her hands on it, there's lots of work to be done here.

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Do you have a budget for any changes?

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Probably around £10,000.

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Initially.

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New carpets and actually decorating and bathrooms upstairs.

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I feel really focused now. My life can start moving on again.

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I can't sit on my backside any more. I have to get up and earn a living.

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I know Kev's saying, "Go for it, girl, you can do it".

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-He's there behind you, isn't he?

-Definitely.

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So, will Brenda reach her pot of gold at the end of the rainbow,

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and will she turn this pub back into the hub of the community?

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We'll find out later when we come back.

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Bulwell is just off the M1 in the East Midlands, in the suburbs of Nottingham.

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It was an old mining town but has now been swallowed up by the expanding city.

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It still has its own amenities and is much sought after by first time buyers and developers.

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It's got a lovely local community.

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More importantly, from the property point of view,

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you've got ace links into the city centre.

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There's a brand new tram line, amongst other things.

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Even better, the house we're looking at is just over there.

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On the face of it, it's not the most glamorous of locations,

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but the house prices here reflect that.

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And for somebody looking at taking their first step on the property ladder, that could be all-important.

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We're off to see a three bedroomed end of terrace house

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at a guide price of just 52 to 56,000.

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It's described as in need of some upgrading,

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but there's no structural work needed, apparently.

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So, what you've got here is a fairly modern end terrace.

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Probably built in the mid 1980s.

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Nice big entrance hall.

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Something interesting on the floor here, though.

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A kind of outline as if there's been something here in the past,

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maybe a downstairs loo or a cloakroom.

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The stairs leading to the bedrooms and then into the front room.

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Loads of room in here. Look at this.

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You've got a living room area and a dining room off the end of it,

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with the big double doors on the end. Lots of light flooding in.

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Good to see that.

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Oh, but charming. I don't suppose you can expect too many period features in a place like this,

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but THAT is a 1980s fireplace to beat them all.

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Wonder if, in years to come, that'll be in an architectural salvage place.

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It might not, but this will.

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Ha! Look at that for a boiler!

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That's straight out of Heath Robinson.

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But seriously, if you're paying not that much for this house,

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the cost of replacing a boiler like that could be a significant portion

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of the actual cost, so definitely something to take into consideration.

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So, I like that. A good-sized space. Through here into the kitchen.

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Now, clearly this is somewhere you've got a bit of work to do.

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I guess these are kind of serviceable,

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but personally, I would rip this lot out.

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You can definitely make some big changes to this kitchen.

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Out there, again, useful space.

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I guess that's another...

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Yep, storage area there.

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Possibility for some extension going on, as you have got room and it looks to me like

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other houses have done that, so the precedent has been set.

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So, all in all, a good-sized property.

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Upstairs, there are three bedrooms.

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Two good-sized doubles,

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both in need of revamping, but otherwise pretty sound.

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And a smaller single,

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which would be fine as a spare room, study or children's room.

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There's a family-sized bathroom, where a new suite would probably be worth installing,

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but overall, I think it's not bad.

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Well, a property like this is never going to be everybody's cup of tea,

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but it's a big house and it's not a lot of money.

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So, for a first-time buyer, I think it's ideal.

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Let's find out what happens when it goes to auction.

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Lot number 30.

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31 Latimer Close in Bulwell.

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Three-bedroomed, end town house, mostly double-glazed,

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part central heating, in need of a bit of improvement.

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£50,000. Don't mind where we start.

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50... For Latimer Close. 50.

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50 is bid, thank you.

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At £50,000, the opening bid at 50.

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51 is bid.

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51... 52...

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53 is bid.

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54...

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55...

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56.

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56... 57.

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56,000 at the back. 57?

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57... thank you. 57.

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At 57,000. 58.

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58 on my far right. 57, gentleman's bid.

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At 57...

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57,500...

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58 is bid.

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58,500...

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59... 59,000...

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59,500.

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At 59,500.

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At 60... £60,000.

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At 60. One more?

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And a half. 60,500.

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Walks away at 60,500.

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61 quickly... 61 at the back.

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61, stick with it.

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At 61,500... 61,500...

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62 may I say?

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No. 61,500 then, this side.

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62, quickly anyone... Or else we're selling at 61,500 for the first time.

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61,500 for the second time.

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Third and last chance.

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All done at 61,500.

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Sold 61,500. Thank you.

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And for £61,500, the successful bidders were local couple, Paul and Joanne.

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They've had their eye on the house for some time.

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Paul works for a call centre in Nottingham.

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And Joanne is a waitress and busy mum to 15-month-old Harrison.

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-Paul, Joanne, congratulations.

-Thank you.

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Tell me about yourselves.

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We've been married nearly eight years.

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At the moment, we're living in a one-bedroom flat.

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So, this is like a luxury to us.

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Three bedrooms. And we're looking forward to moving in.

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And with a young one, as well, it's going to be a lot easier having three bedrooms.

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We're currently sleeping in the front room on a sofa bed and he's taken over the bedroom, so it became

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a necessity to look for somewhere else.

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Joanne's from Bulwell, anyway. Her mum lives just across the road.

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So, it's just going to be a whole lot nicer,

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just for the family environment.

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So, what about plans for this place, then? What are you going to do?

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The first thing is really just to get all the decor off the walls.

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Get it stripped back as much as we can.

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We've got all our friends coming on Saturday to help us, with the scrapers.

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-We're looking forward to that.

-Get the BBQ on.

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Get the beer flowing and get everybody working on the house for free, really.

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-You're having a painting party?

-Yeah, that's it.

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Strip the garden. Strip the front and back.

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Hopefully get it fairly liveable in the next 10 to 14 days, really...

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-And then work from there.

-Two weeks, then.

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Are you planning to move in?

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Yeah, we've got quite a short time-frame,

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but hopefully it can be done.

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We've got people coming in, doing quite a bit of work.

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I've got a decorator.

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Hopefully, we're going to be having the kitchen and bathroom replaced,

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in the next four to five weeks.

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So, within a couple of months it should be easily liveable, really.

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What about Harrison's room?

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-What's the plan for that?

-That's priority!

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What you doing, Thomas the Tank Engine?

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Not made our minds up yet, but nice, bright colours, whatever we decide.

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Whatever colour it turns out to be... Red, green or purple,

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whether Teletubbies or Thomas, I don't think Paul and Joanne

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are going to have much playtime,

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if they hope to get this house ready in a few weeks' time.

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We'll be back later in the show to see how they've got on.

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We sometimes go back to properties and a fortune has been spent.

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Sometimes we go back and there's just been a lick of paint.

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But we do always go back.

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It's the moment of truth.

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Remember that old pub in Kent?

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It had loads of character but needed someone to come and fix it up

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and bring it back to the locals who missed having a place for a good old beer or two.

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It was bought at auction for £240,000 by Brenda and her brother, Tony.

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For Brenda, it was a chance to start all over again, having lost her husband two years earlier.

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It's been two-and-a-half months since we last saw them and just look at the change in here.

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# I can see clearly now the rain has gone

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# I can see all obstacles in my way

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# Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind

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# It's gonna be a bright, bright, sunshiny day... #

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I think Brenda's finally reached her pot of gold,

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and I'm sure her late husband Kevin would be very proud of her.

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Everybody's pitched in the here, including Tony, his wife, Jane, and Brenda herself.

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I've been out there at 10.00 at night sawing trees down.

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Well, bushes, not trees, I don't believe in cutting trees down.

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It was so we could have a walkway through brambles and what have you.

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It was really, really hard work. Especially for an old lady.

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Excuse me!

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The upstairs accommodation has enjoyed a fabulous makeover as well.

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It's become the perfect place for Brenda to put her feet up after a long day behind the bar.

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And that old rundown pub we last saw is now a very happening place.

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So I suppose the obvious question is, how's business?

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Booming. Absolutely booming. Yeah. Couldn't ask for any more.

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We've got plenty of bookings. Weekends are good.

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Sunday lunches, we're stacked out every Sunday since we started.

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People have to get in pretty quick to get a seat now on a Sunday.

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The success that Brenda and Tony have enjoyed

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would not have been possible without the support of the community

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who were behind them every step of the way.

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Even the Mayor was present at the opening.

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For the locals, the fight to keep their pub alive has finally paid off.

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We like to make everyone feel like they are welcome in our home.

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And this is what we tried to create.

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Give them the right prices and everything, good beer and hopefully, they'll come back.

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The past couple of months have been extra hard for Brenda and Tony

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because they've had to juggle a business as well as renovating.

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It's obvious the improvements have been very worthwhile.

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Let's see what the agents have to say.

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The owner's created an atmosphere that draws people in.

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The restaurant and pub business is now, I understand,

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after a short time, producing a very good weekly and monthly income.

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I think with the way the property's been improved

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and the level of business that's now being conducted,

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the value must be between £275,000 and £300,000.

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Brenda and Tony have so far spent £255,000 on the property,

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having paid £240,000 for it at auction.

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It's now worth £300,000. They will have boosted its value by £30,000.

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But Brenda says it doesn't matter because she wouldn't sell anyway.

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This is home forever.

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My dad was born in the next village up so, I've come full circle.

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Back to my roots.

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# It's gonna be a bright, bright, bright sunshiny day

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# It's gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day... #

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We return, now, to Bulwell in Nottinghamshire

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and to the three-bedroomed house bought for £61,500

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by Paul, Joanne and their son, Harrison.

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So, this is hopefully now a rejuvenated family home.

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Looks promising from the outside,

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but how did Paul and Joanne feel about what they've done on the inside?

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To be honest with you, I can't see the difference.

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I really wish I could, sort of, do the timelord thing, Doctor Who, and

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go back three or four months and see what it was like and then come back.

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Well, we might not be Doctor Who or a timelord,

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but we do have the technology

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to grant Paul his wish.

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Here are those changes and they're pretty impressive.

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So, where did this modernisation begin?

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We started with Harrison's bedroom,

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cos we wanted that to be right for when we actually moved in.

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So, Harrison's room got done,

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and then our bedroom got done.

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But before that, we found out that the electrics needed changing.

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That was the Wednesday before we moved in on the Saturday.

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So, it was all hands to the barrel,

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ripping floorboards up and getting the plasterboard off the wall.

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Sockets in - for us to move in on the Saturday.

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Presumably, once they were in the house, work could start in earnest.

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Surely, one of the first major jobs was to tackle that boiler?

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It was a monstrosity, that boiler. It was absolutely awful.

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Pipes...everywhere. So...

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So heavy, as well.

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And the boiler system used up three storage cupboards.

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So now, with all that out, you know,

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we've turned the three storage cupboards into four, really.

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And we're able to use them, whereas before it was just wasted space.

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It was quite amazing, that boiler.

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It was like the engine from some alien ship

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that Doctor Who might have come across.

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But with it gone, Paul could crack on with his tasks.

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My main three jobs were the fencing outside,

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the kitchen and the bathroom.

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Brother-in-law did all my electrics.

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I had a mate who did the plumbing.

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And...we also had a man come in

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to do the laminate floor,

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but also the decking outside.

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Had a decorator, as well.

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He's decorated every room,

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and also the staircase.

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He did all the staircase which I think looks lovely,

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with the runner up the middle now.

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I'm convinced, actually, that Harrison thinks the decorator is one of the family.

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When we moved in, Jamie was here, working on the house.

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So, I think he thinks that

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he was actually living here before and we've moved into his house.

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So, he cries every time he goes home, sort of thing.

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Wonders where he's going, cos he should live here.

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He just loves the space and the garden.

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He spends hours out there,

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just digging in the soil and picking up worms,

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and coming to give Mummy little presents.

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But he loves it and it's made all the difference to his life,

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cos we only lived in a one-bedroomed, upstairs flat before.

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Paul, Joanne and Harrison all seem delighted with their new house,

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but will two local agents be equally impressed?

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We asked them along to assess the work.

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Paul and Joanne paid £61,500 for the house

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and are on course with their £10,000 budget.

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So, any valuation in the region of 72,000 would make it a pretty good investment.

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Putting this on the open market, we'd look to achieve about £75,000.

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Probably start marketing in the region of about 79,950.

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Looking to, as I say, achieve the offers around mid 70s.

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With this property, you could ask for a little bit more, but that may mean

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standing in a queue, waiting for some other properties to sell first.

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This was never really a property developing project -

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but an 8 to £10,000 potential return for three months' work -

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that's not too bad.

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So, how did Joanne and Paul feel about that?

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We thought about 79, didn't we?

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-Yeah, I'm pleased.

-We thought that would be top.

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Well, that's that then. All done.

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A nice home. A good investment.

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Now, it's time to relax and enjoy the fruits of their labour.

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# Lazy Sunday afternoon

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# I've got no mind to worry. #

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I'm sure Paul, Joanne and Harrison will get in to the swing of relaxing

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and having well-deserved lazy Sundays after all their hard work.

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We hope you've enjoyed sharing our own fond memories from our Hammer archives.

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And we'll be continuing our selection for you next time.

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-We'll see you then.

-Goodbye.

-Goodbye.

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