Episode 10 Wreck or Ready?


Episode 10

Property series. David and Susan have 230,000 pounds to spend on a home in south-west Wales. Will Jonnie Irwin and Jane Farnham tempt them with a finished house or a fixer-upper?


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Today, choosing the right property is harder than ever.

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So how can you navigate the house-hunt hullabaloo?

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Why pay for a property done to someone else's taste

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when you can bag yourself a bargain wreck

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and potentially add value as you create your own home?

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I want to hunt down the best wrecks on the market

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and show our couples that renovation is the way forward.

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But who wants to live in a building site?

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Not me. I'm on a mission to prove you don't have to

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blow your budget to get everything you want in your new home.

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Because I reckon pristine pads are the way to go.

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So, can I tantalise today's buyers with one of my readies?

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Or will can I steal them away from Jane's clutches with one of my wrecks?

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Let's find out.

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Today, we're searching along the south-west tip of Wales,

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from Haverfordwest to Carmarthen, and south to the sea.

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Prices here are low.

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Houses cost about £50,000 below the national average, which is great news

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for today's house hunters, David and Susan, who have £237,000 to spend on their new home.

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David has recently retired from his job as a motor-vehicle design engineer,

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and the couple are now planning the rest of their lives together.

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They were teenage sweethearts a few years back,

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and were even once engaged.

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After a long break, 27 years in fact,

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they rekindled their relationship and fell in love all over again.

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Don't get emotional, Farnham. We've got work to do.

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David and Susan's Essex bungalow is on the market, and they're looking to up sticks

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and get more space in the countryside.

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Susan loves the beach, and has always loved the South Wales coast,

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and David says he's happy to give Susan what she wants.

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He sounds perfect, but before we can start looking for a new dream home,

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we need to find their criteria.

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-And see who's up for a wreck...

-..and who wants a ready.

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So, time to meet David and Susan. Marvellous.

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-I'm Susan.

-And I'm Dave.

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The type of property that we're after is preferably a three-bedroom house.

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I would really like one that's quirky.

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I mean, something like a church, or in Wales, a chapel, something like that.

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With a graveyard wouldn't be a problem for me.

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It must have a downstairs toilet.

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A fair-size bedroom to put all my clothes,

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as I've got rather a lot of clothes, as David will tell you!

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-Sounds familiar doesn't it?!

-Yeah!

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I can't get in and out of a bath, so I would need a shower.

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We've got four cats as well as our two dogs, so we've got a small zoo!

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They need their own little area, then?

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I would prefer a wreck-type property.

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A property that needs renovation, needs a lot of work doing, where I can get in with my sledgehammer.

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Typical man! He wants to go in, throw his manliness around the house!

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Having done this kitchen before, I feel I could do the same again.

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I walked in here with a sledgehammer and ripped the thing out.

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In fairness, he's done a good job there with that kitchen.

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-He seems handy.

-You know, it's always the bloke, isn't it?

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"I've done it before." We're probably going to hear now, "He did it, it was a nightmare,

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-"we lived on a building site."

-How long did it take?

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A mess, covered in dust.

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It didn't matter how much you covered the furniture up, shut the doors.

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-You've got your work cut out!

-It was a bit of a nightmare.

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That's why I say I don't want another house that is a wreck,

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because I think, could I go through that again?!

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I will win this until you change my mind!

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-He said it!

-That's my boy!

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-You always get your own way.

-That's because you know I'm always right!

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Look, we're up against it. I know we always say that,

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but a three-bedroom detached house with land in beautiful Pembrokeshire.

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-I think we can find them something.

-Find them a church with a graveyard?!

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-Possibly not!

-I don't think so.

-Probably not!

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I personally don't think Susan will entertain a wreck.

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I think she might turn around and come round to that.

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At the end of the day, her requirements are simple.

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A shower, a walk-in shower,

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and a toilet downstairs, and those can be added to any property.

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-We've got to find somewhere for those dogs to go.

-Battersea?

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They're too nice! You can't say that!

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So, Susan wants a ready, but my man David is up for a wreck.

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Their current Essex house is on the market, so they're hoping to get a quick sale

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and head on out to beautiful South Wales as soon as possible.

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So, David and Susan want...

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..and most of all, it has to be fairly rural.

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And all of this with a maximum budget of £237,000.

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We've got our work cut out for us,

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especially as Susan loves all things gothic and Victorian.

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Oh, and with a graveyard, if possible.

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Susan decides she wants to move.

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Susan decides South Wales. Susan decides. Dave doesn't.

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-I think I've got this in the bag.

-You could be right, Jane,

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but I'm banking on David's desire to swing a sledgehammer.

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Susan wears the trousers, but she doesn't look like she has any intention of a wreck.

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I really need Dave to fight his corner for me today.

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So, I'm kicking off the search in Pembroke.

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A pretty town with a medieval castle,

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so gothic lover Susan should feel at home.

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Plus, property prices here have dropped nearly 10% in the last year,

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and a detached house averages around 225,000,

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so I'm hoping value for money here should win over David.

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Here we are on the outskirts of Pembroke,

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and we've come to see said property opposite.

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-It's the Old Post Office.

-That's nice.

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First thing you might notice is the road.

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-I don't think you could fail to miss that.

-No.

-Could be a problem.

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Property's lovely.

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-I love stone-built properties.

-Good.

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-Well, shall we go and have a look then?

-Yeah.

-Let's go.

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Lead the way. Mind the road.

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So, my first ready is a large three-bedroom semi-detached cottage.

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No graveyard, but it's bursting with

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those all-important period features that Susan loves.

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It's got panoramic views and a decent-sized garden for their cats and dogs.

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The Old Post Office is on the market for £189,950,

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almost 50 grand under budget for David and Susan.

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-So, a rather large study at the front of the house.

-Oh, this is nice.

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-And this is the living room.

-Oh, this is nice, yeah.

-I like that wall.

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-Lots of character in this house. You said you liked character.

-Don't like modern.

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I like old houses, plenty of character, quirky.

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-Little bit on the small side so far...

-I like that.

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-It's all nice and cosy.

-Yeah.

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One thing I have picked up here, there seems to be a difference in opinion on room sizes.

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Where's the compromise going to be?

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David compromises!

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Something a little bit bigger than this, probably.

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If there were three reception rooms...

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We might be able to sort that out. Let's look at the back,

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which I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with.

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-This is what I really wanted to show you out here.

-Oh, wow.

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-This is something special.

-That is...

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It's a conservatory, and the views, what you wanted.

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-That is absolutely superb.

-This is why you move to Wales!

-Excellent.

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I mean, if you like it on a day like this what's it going to be like when the sun's shining?

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-Yeah, good point. Well, look, these are great reactions.

-It is. I'm really positive,

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and I'm glad you can see the potential.

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What I want you to do is have a look in the kitchen,

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the shower room and also upstairs, and we'll wait down here

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-and find out more after you've had a good tour.

-Fill your boots. Enjoy.

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Well, hats off to you, Jane.

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-Sounds like they love it here.

-It's nice, in't it? Nice room.

-It's a double room.

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Yep, if David and Susan are looking to walk straight in

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and start their new life in Wales, this property has the lot.

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A walk-in shower, which was on their wish list, and the current owners have pets,

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-so they can cope with animals near a main road.

-Oh, this is nice.

-Oh, I like the colour.

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-This is the master bedroom, and you've got the view.

-Oh, that's lovely.

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Wake up every morning to that. It's really nice.

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Jonnie, it looks like they absolutely love my first ready of the day.

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-Worried?

-A little bit. David's not wanting to smash any walls down yet.

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I reckon I might struggle today, but it's still early.

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-Dave's forgotten about the house!

-Forgotten about the road as well.

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I thought that was going to be a sticking point, but it seems it's not an issue at all.

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This house faces that way, and it just goes to show,

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if you've got a real positive like not only the land,

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-but that view, they'll forget about a compromise.

-Gorgeous.

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You could sit out there all day and just look, couldn't you?

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-Have me barbecue.

-Oh, yeah.

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Don't forget your barbecue, and a glass of wine! Fall down this garden, literally!

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Not sure I'd better give them another view like this,

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but I think I'll centre on character.

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Yeah, the character's good, but also I just feel really positive,

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because this is a really good start to our day.

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Just cos you've got one scratched up, "I feel really positive!" Good for you!

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Right, time to wipe that smug grin off Jane's face.

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To find these guys a wreck with money to spare, we're off into

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the Welsh countryside, away from those expensive coastal locations.

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Llanboidy is a small farming hamlet 15 miles west of Carmarthen.

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It's very rural and very off the beaten track,

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but I'm pinning my hopes on David's hunger for a project.

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As I said, David wants a project, and boy, have I found one!

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This old schoolmaster's house has just come on the market at £190,000,

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47 grand under budget.

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Now then, welcome to Llanboidy.

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-I hope I've pronounced that right!

-You have, perfectly.

-Get in!

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-What about this?

-Gorgeous.

-Yeah, it's lovely.

-Very nice.

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-This is as much traffic as you'll get. Cope with that?

-Yeah.

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And you've got the bonus of having a local pub within stumbling distance

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and a local shop and post office.

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Plus, you've seen around. Look at these views.

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You've got so much dog walking right on your doorstep here.

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This three-bed house has a lower ground floor that's set up

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as a one-bed flat, so lots of renovation potential

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and extra space for David to get excited about.

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It's also got great character features to tickle Susan's gothic bones.

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Now, that big entrance hall could be made to be really grand, couldn't it?

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-Very welcoming. So, first impressions, please. Dave?

-Size. Nice size.

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-'Tis, isn't it?

-Yes, twice the size of what we've got now.

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-I like that range. I think that is lovely.

-That's staying, then?

-That's definitely staying, yes.

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Good. The job here is getting it just brought into this century, if you like.

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-Making it comfortable for you guys. But you could live in this place.

-Oh, yeah...

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I'd want to do it restore it back to its Victorian thing, yeah.

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-You have to be sympathetic to that.

-Like, a Victorian bathroom put in.

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Get back to the floorboards and have the rugs on the floor

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and things like that.

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Thinking already, thinking ahead!

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I'll tell you what, at the moment I know that you wanted a wreck...

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..but it seems to be that I'm pleasing Sue here, maybe even more.

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What's happened there?!

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I think I love it cos it's Victorian

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and it's still got some of its original features,

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and then if it hasn't got them, you can put them back,

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and you can restore it as it was.

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You can put the chandeliers, the heavy drape curtains, and all that sort of thing.

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-This is your sort of house, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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People who know me would say, "Oh, that is Sue's house,"

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as soon as they saw it, just from the outside.

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In your face, Farnham! I see your panoramic views

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and I raise you some Victoriana, plus a quiet road outside.

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-Susan loves my wreck.

-No-one likes a show-off, Jonnie, but well done.

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The house immediately needs a new kitchen and bathroom,

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which should come in at around £13,000,

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which will give David's DIY-ing alter ego lots of stuff to get to grips with.

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-A nice, big bedroom.

-A nice-size bedroom.

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-Plenty of wardrobe space.

-Plenty of work!

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-Sounds like you've moved yourself in already!

-I have!

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I'm laying out the bedroom, where the wardrobes are going, where you've got to build wardrobes!

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-This is a very hard decision, isn't it?

-Yeah, I know there's a lot of work,

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but you can see it in your mind what it would look like

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once it's all done, and you restore it back to as it was, its grandeur.

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As soon as we walked up that road and I saw this from a distance,

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I knew you'd fall in love with this, cos this has got Sue written all over it.

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-It's your sort of place.

-Yeah, you could call it Sue's Village!

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-That went well.

-Yeah, pretty chuffed.

-I would be!

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Thank you, Victorian architecture!

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I think I want to stick with more of the same, really.

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Big is beautiful by the sounds of it, so I'll try and get

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as big as possible, maybe try and squeeze a detached out of the budget.

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Yeah, why not? I personally need to focus on location.

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That's the key, somewhere not on a great big, busy road.

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I reckon a big tip here, find a pub!

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Actually, that's a really good thought!

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What a quandary!

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How to please a couple that are, well, frankly so easy to please!

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I'm calling about the four-bed detached on at 235.

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They could well end up loving all of our properties, but I'm not convinced we have a winner yet,

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so it's time to split up and search more ground.

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Hats off to them. They're moving to an area they're not all that familiar with,

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and the first two properties we've shown them, they've loved.

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They haven't discounted anything, but therein lies the problem. We still are none the wiser,

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and we almost are starting this search again from scratch this afternoon.

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This is going to be interesting.

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Now, I'm thinking about dog walking for this couple,

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and Susan wants to be by the sea, so I'm heading south again to Llansteffan,

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close to some gorgeous sandy beaches.

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Ideal for getting some exercise, fresh air and walking those dogs.

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I think I've found everything they want.

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The trouble is, it's nearly 250 grand.

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That's 13,000 over David and Susan's budget!

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There's not much room to negotiate, as the vendors have already

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knocked back a few low offers.

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So, I've brought you down towards the coast.

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We're just outside Llansteffan, about three quarters of a mile away.

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You've got your own babbling brook. Can I ask what your first impressions are?

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This is right up my street, this sort of place.

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Location, or the property?

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-Both.

-Well, David's happy again, but Susan seems suspiciously quiet.

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-Sue, you loved the last place.

-Yeah.

-What are you feeling here?

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-I do like it, but...

-Is your heart still with the other?

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Yeah! But this is a lovely property, though. It is really nice.

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Well, don't discount it just yet, Sue, cos it's got a lot to offer, this house,

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and I think you're really going to like it, so keep your eyes open.

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I was hoping this property might be exactly what they're looking for.

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It's rural but not isolated, has three bedrooms,

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a beautiful garden, and best of all, David doesn't need to lift a finger.

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-It's a really beautiful property.

-Oh, this is more like it.

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This is really, really nice, and you can move straight into this place.

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That's down to Sue. I think there's some work to do to convince her to take her heart

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out of the village.

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It was just cos it was Victorian, and I just love Victorian.

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-You've still got high ceilings in here.

-It's still got character.

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Being in this area, seeing the amount of work

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I had to do at the Victorian wreck, moving into this one,

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where I'd want to start enjoying myself now I'm retired...

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Whereas the Victorian wreck, I'd be six, eight, ten months. This is all done for me.

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Sorry, Jonnie, but I think you're losing David to

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the charms of my ready.

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But then Susan still loves my renovation project.

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-This is confusing.

-He's talking a lot of sense, isn't he?

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-He is talking sense.

-He's talking your sense!

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He's taking the words right out of your mouth!

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Being realistic, this would be the better option,

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even though my heart is with the Victorian,

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but I've got to get me head to rule and not me heart.

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Of course. You go and explore. See if you can get a feel for the place.

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That's what's important, you have to have that feeing.

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-See if you get the feeling for this place like I've got!

-Have fun.

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On paper, this property ticks a lot of David and Susan's boxes.

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Oh, yeah, that's nice.

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There's a downstairs shower and toilet,

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it's beautifully decorated, and it's close to that beach.

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But it's at the very top of their budget, Jane.

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Frankly, I think Susan's heart is still on my last project.

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So, I'm slightly confused.

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We started out the search with Dave wanting a wreck, and now he wants a ready.

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Sue, on the other hand, wanted a ready, and now she wants a wreck.

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They both need to put their heads together

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and really come to a decision, decide what they both want to do,

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because at the moment I'm struggling.

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That's a lovely garden. It's a lovely house.

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Everything you wanted, all done for you. Move in, drop your suitcases, beach within a mile or so.

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I wanted the wreck, but then having seen the Victorian wreck

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and then seeing this, that's all ready, I'm thinking,

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do I want to take on all that work on me own?

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You wouldn't have to do anything to this, but I thought you wanted a place a little bit bigger.

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-Size isn't everything.

-Oh, now David's changing his mind about size!

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-Apparently it's not everything. I must tell Jonnie.

-Hello?

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-Hello, Jonnie.

-Hiya, how are you?

-I'm confused. I need help.

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Oh, no! What's happened?

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It seems we've got a complete role reversal going on here.

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They haven't got a clue what they want now.

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Dave walked in, absolutely loved it.

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If he'd had his bags packed in the car, I think

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-he would have moved straight in.

-That's good.

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Sue, completely different lady to what we saw at your wreck.

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Just not quite feeling it. So you're going to have to pull out all the stops for your last one.

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If it's a role reversal, do I get to wear a dress?

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-You can wear a dress whenever you want!

-Great, I'm on my way!

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-I'll see you in a bit! Bye.

-Bye.

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Yeah, I think you'd look good in a dress!

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Jane may have split the camp with her last ready,

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but I'm determined to get David and Susan to agree on my last wreck.

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Good luck, Jonnie. I think we've done a complete 180.

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I'm confused. Does Susan still want a wreck, or did David just say he liked my ready?

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Don't worry, Jane. I've got an ace up my sleeve in a pretty holiday village called Laugharne,

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14 miles south of Carmarthen.

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Properties here went down in value over the last year, so I reckon

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they'll get more for their budget, especially if they buy a wreck.

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So, Dave and Sue, welcome to lovely Laugharne.

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-Now, you know Laugharne, don't you?

-Yes. Dylan Thomas' boatyard.

-Indeed.

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-Beautiful place.

-BOTH:

-Lovely.

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-I know you've done a bit of research on the internet, haven't you, looking at houses.

-Yes.

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-Does this ring any bells?

-Yes, this one does.

-OK.

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-Have you looked inside it?

-No.

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-Do you want to look inside it?

-Yes.

-Good! Sue?

-Yes.

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-Are you sure?

-Yes.

-Excellent. Let's have a butcher's.

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This cottage is on the market for £195,000,

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over £40,000 under David and Susan's budget,

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which gives them plenty of spare cash for any Victorian renovation work.

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It's been rented out for ten years, and it's been on and off the market for a while.

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It's in the heart of the village, and best of all, it's walking distance to the beach.

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This is the main room of the house.

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-Come right in and tell me what you think.

-Nice size. Very nice size.

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Needs some work doing, but that's not a problem.

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-You either look disgusted or surprised...

-Surprised.

-Good!

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Put a new kitchen in it, it'll be lovely.

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Sounds like you've almost come on board here, Sue. Yeah? Welcome!

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It's a happy boat, isn't it? Brilliant. Love it.

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No, Susan, don't get on board HMS Irwin!

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I can feel my ready power being taken from me again, but well done, Jonnie.

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-Now, look at the size of this room here.

-Oh, my God. It's huge.

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-That's more like it.

-Lovely big room.

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She's working out how many wardrobes we can get in here!

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Take that sink out, wardrobes, wardrobes...

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I could have wardrobes right along that wall!

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It's all up there now, yeah? Brilliant!

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-Dave, what we've got is...

-HE MUMBLES

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And we've got wardrobes there. You got that? Good! Excellent!

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-Don't know where I'll sleep!

-You're sleeping...

-HE MUMBLES

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But look, this is great.

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What you're doing is visualising a space, which is

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what I implore anybody to do when they look at a wreck.

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Ignore what's here and start putting your furniture in there,

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and use your imagination.

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Have a good look around. This property needs a full refurb.

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We got a local builder in to give us a quote, and it came in at £19,500

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for a new kitchen, en-suite bathroom and general redecoration.

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David could do much of the work himself

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and save himself money, or does he fancy hanging up his DIY tools?

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A nice size. I'd keep this as one room.

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I wouldn't put this back into two rooms again.

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Our day of hunting is drawing to an end.

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It's time to find out if any of our properties have tickled their fancy.

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-Jonnie?

-Up here, Jane.

-Ah, there you are.

-Check me out.

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I am Jimmy Saville!

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-This is where his furniture's stored!

-Jonnie Saville!

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-JIMMY SAVILLE VOICE:

-What have we here?!

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Yeah, well, I'm a bit confused,

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so I'm hoping you've kind of sorted us out with this last property.

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They quite like it.

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-They really do quite like it, and if you look out there...

-Ah!

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Looks like they're discussing it.

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So, Jonnie, confusion reigns

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as the day draws to an end.

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And what a day it's been.

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We started with your ready, the Old Post Office.

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David and Susan loved it, but weren't sure about the location

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and that busy main road.

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Your first wreck was the schoolmaster's house

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with loads of renovation potential,

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which Susan got really excited about.

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Then I took them to a lovely detached cottage by the sea,

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which David loved, but Susan not so much.

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And lastly, I found a project that was way under budget,

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leaving David and Susan enough spare cash for a new kitchen and bathroom.

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They thought it was nice, but then they liked all of them!

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If only everyone was so easy to please!

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But will they actually go for anything?

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They've got the rest of their lives together. So where do they want to be to spend it?

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-Hi, guys.

-Hiya.

-Hello.

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So, how's it gone? Tell me everything.

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It's been confusing. Very confusing.

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Our job is to confuse you, but in a good way.

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We're confused in a good way. We've seen four good properties,

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-one we have more or less discounted.

-Yeah.

-Whose one?

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-Number three.

-The £240,000 one. It's me that's discounted it.

-I'm shocked.

-Yep.

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From the outside when I walked up, I thought it was absolutely everything that I wanted.

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I think that the price is a little bit high.

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-First wreck. Mine. What do you think?

-Liked it.

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I don't need to ask you, Sue, whether you liked it!

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-You like a bit of Victoriana, don't you?

-Yes!

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-At the start, Jane's first ready.

-That was a beautiful home.

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-We all agreed on that.

-Them views were absolutely stunning.

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-What about this one?

-Love this one.

-Lovely.

-Is this more location, though?

-Yes.

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This is all about Sue. You wanted to be near the sea.

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Three cracking houses. So, why don't you have a think about it tonight?

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-Yeah.

-We're going to keep our phones on.

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We'll be here in the morning, should you need us. You can let us know

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which one you want to go and revisit.

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The end of a very satisfying, if slightly confusing, house hunt.

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There have been role reversals aplenty here,

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and I don't think either of us can tell which way their final decision will go.

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We just need David and Susan to call and put one of us out of our misery.

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-Hi, Jonnie. Hi, Jane.

-Hello, Dave.

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So, how did it go last night? Did you have a good think?

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Yes, we burnt the midnight oil till well beyond midnight, and we're now down to one.

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-Ooh, which one? Do tell.

-And the winner is...

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-..Jane.

-BOTH: Really?!

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-The Old Post Office.

-How much wine did you drink?!

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Probably not as much as youse two!

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Well done, guy. You've come to your own decision on that, and that's great.

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-Couldn't have done it without your help.

-I'm surprised.

-I'm shocked.

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-Blown away.

-They sound really keen, though.

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-But it was a lovely house.

-Well, cool. I'm a little bit disappointed.

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Ah, don't take it too hard, Jonnie. It was a very close call.

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The next morning, I sent David and Susan back for a fresh look at the winning property.

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Ready number one, the Old Post Office in Pembroke.

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We've done the right thing, David, coming back and looking at this place again.

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-We'll go out and have a look out the garden shall we?

-Yeah.

-Now the sun's shining.

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The gorgeous panoramic views won it for you in the end, Jane.

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-Well, it looks like you're right again, Sue.

-You can see the sea there.

-There's your sea view.

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Plus, David and Susan thought the Old Post Office seemed

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bigger on the inside than it did on the outside.

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-I knew you was right.

-I'm always right, David!

-I should have learnt by now!

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David and Susan loved the Old Post Office so much that

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they put in an offer of 187,500, and it was accepted.

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Sadly, the sale on their current Essex home is stuck in a very long chain,

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so the Old Post Office vendors found new buyers.

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David and Susan have dropped their asking price to try for a faster sale,

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and they're still looking for their dream home in South Wales.

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It just goes to show, if you're involved in a chain, someone in a better position can come along

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and nick it in the last moments.

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Frustrating for David and Susan, but their search continues, so best of luck with that,

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and we can rest assured knowing that we did show them some fantastic properties.

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I did show them some, you're absolutely right!

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Please join us again as we battle it out to prove that renovation projects...

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..or readies are the key to finding your new home.

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Handyman David and his childhood sweetheart Susan have 230,000 pounds to spend on a home in south-west Wales, but will property experts Jonnie Irwin and Jane Farnham tempt them with a finished house or a fixer-upper?


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