Episode 7 Wreck or Ready?


Episode 7

Property series. Nick and Louise want to move out of their rented house into a family home. Will they be tempted by one of Jonnie's rundown 'wrecks' or Jane's perfect 'readies'?


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In today's property market, choosing the right home is harder than ever.

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How can you make life easier and get what you want?

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Should you renovate a wreck?

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Or find a ready-made home?

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As a surveyor, I know that renovation projects can lead to big rewards,

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so I'm on a mission to hunt down the best wrecks on the market

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and convince our couples that renovation is best.

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But I think if you're savvy, you can find properties ready to move straight into

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and they don't need to cost the earth.

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So I'm going to show our house hunters that pristine pads are where it's at.

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So will our couple be tempted by one of my readies?

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Or can I persuade them to roll up their sleeves

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and tackle one of my wrecks?

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Today, we're searching around stunning South Wales.

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It's a beautiful area stretching from the Brecon Beacons

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to the golden sands of the south coast.

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Our house hunters are mum and dad, Nick and Louise,

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who want to make a leap up the property ladder for the whole family.

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So we also need to please son Alfie, daughter Ellie

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and of course toddler Ruby.

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Nick and Louise sold their house in Neath, got temporary digs for the family

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and want to move to a dream home right now.

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Adventure man Nick has ridden motorbikes all over the world

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and taught Alfie and Ellie a few tricks, too.

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He's even taught Hollywood movie stars Ewan McGregor

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and Charlie Boorman how to ride.

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Nick now runs a local motorbike business, where he works full time.

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Louise used to work there, too,

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but is now a busy mother of three with house and kitchen to rule over.

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Before we can start looking for a new dream home,

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we need to find out what their criteria is.

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And see who's up for a wreck.

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And who wants a ready.

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Let's find out all about them.

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Hi, my name's Nick.

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Hi, my name's Louise.

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We're living in temporary accommodation,

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which isn't so bad because we've got quite a big living room

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but we're all in the same bedroom at the moment.

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Five of us in the bedroom isn't quite working.

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-Like Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.

-It is!

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I don't mind the challenge

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and I would actually go for the wreck,

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just to put my finishing touches on it

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and just make it the house that I really want.

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I want to move into something completely done.

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I'm not green-fingered or I'm not a DIY person,

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so I'm probably more going along the lines of having somewhere ready to go.

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That's my type of man.

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You can tell he's not into DIY - he says he's not green-fingered.

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You don't grow walls!

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I want this property to be a kind of a statement place for us.

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We're hoping it's going to be our last property that we're going to have to move into and buy.

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My requirements for a property would be a spacious hallway.

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Kind of five bedrooms plus, so we can have people round and stay over.

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A big, er...kitchen-diner

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because I want that to be the heart of the home.

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I'm all about land.

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I want somewhere with a nice bit of land so I can ride my bike on, ideally.

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Big bedrooms, um, two reception rooms.

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When it comes to the home side, Louise is in charge,

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when it comes to work, I'm in charge,

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so I can almost see Louise winning this one.

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Ooh, I don't know whether to just hang my hat now and just walk away.

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No, I think, I...I wouldn't want to call it.

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I'm actually quite worried.

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-Really?

-Yeah.

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It's a first, I know, because Louise, for sure, knows what she wants

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and she wants something that she can make her own

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and therefore whatever I show her isn't going to make the grade.

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I wouldn't give up so easily. She's hinted the fact that...

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-she wants something that she can put finishing touches on.

-Mm.

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Show them the right property and it could be anyone's game.

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Come on.

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Jonnie, we've got a role reversal on our hands here.

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She wants a wreck and he wants a ready.

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So, Nick and Louise want an enormous five-bedroomed house.

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with a huge garage and lots of space for visitors.

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They also want some outbuildings in their massive dream garden,

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all for a maximum budget of £430,000.

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They've got champagne taste and, frankly, shandy pockets.

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Especially if they want that from a ready.

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It's a massive challenge, Jane.

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Large, five-bedroomed properties are hard to find,

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especially in towns around here.

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As much as I hate to admit it, I think Jonnie may have an advantage here.

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I'm so used to having the female onside wanting a ready,

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but today Louise wants a wreck...

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What am I going to do? This one...is a big challenge.

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Our tricky house hunt begins in Cwmgwrach,

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11 miles outside the centre of Neath,

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so Nick's work would be a 25-minute commute away.

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Now I've heard Cwmgwrach means "Valley Of The Witches" in Welsh,

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so, Jane, you could be lucky here.

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Ha, I don't need magic on my side to win this one, Jonnie.

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Property prices have dropped in the last year

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and the average detached house is £180,000.

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But we're not looking for average today.

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Yes, they want a lot for their money.

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Well, prepare to be amazed

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because I'm starting today's search with a giant.

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On at 425 grand, this six-bedroomed detached house

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has those all-important big rooms and lots of land around it

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and it just sneaks into their 430-grand budget.

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This looks nice, Jane.

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Yes, we start the search for the ready.

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Is that enough of a statement for you?

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It definitely is, I would say.

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Yeah.

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It's a large, large house.

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I'm looking at the view, to start with. I admit, that view's cracking.

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There is a slight sticking point. Basically, can you see the pegs?

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-Yes.

-Well, the vendor has applied for planning permission

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for six houses to be built.

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It's not to say it's going to be granted.

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All I'm asking you is to keep an open mind, as the house is fantastic.

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'Ouch. Looks like we might be losing them already, Jane.'

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It's all right, Jonnie, the inside's got what Nick and Louise are looking for...

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space.

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Now, this is definitely a statement home. It is all about space.

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Look at that.

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-That looks cracking straight away, doesn't it?

-Lovely.

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-For me, it's this window here, I mean, that's giving in so much light, isn't it?

-Yes.

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It floods in, doesn't it?

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-It's like being in Dallas!

-It's great.

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I can see the kids looking over there now...come on!

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Somebody'll be sliding down there, I can see that.

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Let's go through to the kitchen.

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This huge house is under budget

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and it gives Nick and Louise almost everything they want.

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It's got a master bedroom, with dressing room and en-suite.

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There are five more double bedrooms, four reception rooms,

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clean lines, spotless interiors and a view to die for.

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Every single room in this house is big.

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We've had a good look around and I'm walking around,

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just can't believe the dimensions of these rooms.

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-I probably would have liked this a bit bigger.

-Oh.

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OK, well look, you've got a utility there...

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-Utility.

-..which is the size of most kitchens, it's even got kitchen equipment.

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Get your white goods out, get rid of that island

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and then you've got a much bigger kitchen.

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It's definitely that kind of open-plan feeling that, you know,

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we kind of do, I do want, but it sounds like you've got that scope.

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-Yeah.

-You might have the scope but that'll cost you money.

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Listen, one person we haven't heard much from...

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is Louise.

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It's my kitchen, yeah.

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-Is the kitchen your domain, Louise?

-Definitely.

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OK then, then shout out.

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I thought in the next property I'd have a dishwasher

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but with a view like that, I'd be quite happy to stand at the sink.

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I think it works really well. It's a big space.

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I think it's just the fact that you've seen lots of big rooms

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and, er...maybe were expecting more.

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This was built in 2004, by the way.

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It's actually come down in price...

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-We haven't spoken about that.

-..by £25,000.

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It's on the market right now for 425,

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-but it has been on the market for two years.

-Two years. OK.

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I'd suggest it's been on the market for that long because of the planning consent.

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It should be a worry for you guys but, if you can see past that,

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then you might get your hands on a massive property that you don't have to do any work to.

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It's all going to be about size today.

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These guys want loads of room and lots of luxury.

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It's going to be seriously tough

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and I'm not totally sure this pair know what they want...

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except space.

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Time to up our game.

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That went down better than the house!

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I know, I thought this would be their statement home

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but all they can talk about is the kitchen and the size of it.

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I...I know it's a big house

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and I thought your big hurdle would be that planning consent.

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-Yeah.

-It's probably put people off before

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but if they're thinking that kitchen's a bit small,

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then they might think all the kitchens we show them are a bit small.

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Now, if big is beautiful for Nick and Louise,

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then I think I need to move to an area that gives them even more for their money.

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We're in Glynneath

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but the question is, can you find a wreck large enough for this pair?

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Well, let's find out.

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I've found a real opportunity, which should be exactly what Louise has asked for.

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Not one house, but three old miners' cottages knocked together,

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so it's REALLY big.

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The interiors are divided and need work to knock together,

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but there's space to play, with loads of land around the house.

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The price recently came down under the Stamp Duty threshold to 249,950,

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so it's 200,000 under their budget,

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which means plenty of money to spare to create their dream home.

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It certainly looks like you found the size and space we're looking for.

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Let's hope it measures up to Nick and Louise's dream.

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Now, we couldn't decide which side of the house to show you,

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because the other side looks amazing as well.

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Beautifully white plastered, needs a bit of TLC. What about this?

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It's got that kind of cottagey feel to it, actually.

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And it's very secluded when you walk down those stairs.

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No question about it.

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So you've got another garden of equal size the other side,

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really beautifully-manicured garden and then behind the house there is some land.

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Now that's owned by a Miners' Trust.

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We've been informed that they'll let it to you on a peppercorn rental,

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if you wanted some extra land,

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so you could be surrounded by your own land here, if you so desired.

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What do you think so far?

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I like it, actually.

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I've never really looked at, um... cottages or anything before

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but I quite like that... It's given me a homey kind of feel.

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-Good.

-And I like...

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-You wanted the wreck, Louise.

-Yes.

-Something to put your stamp on.

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You like clean lines, so what are you thinking?

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I don't mind an old look from the outside

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-but it has to be modern on the inside.

-With this place...

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I've been told by the agent it's not listed.

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So inside we're giving you free will to do what you want.

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-Let's look inside now.

-OK.

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This converted 18th-Century block is now a four-bedroomed detached house

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with a large garden.

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These walls can all be knocked through to create some huge rooms.

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This is more you, you'd have to visualise this

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because this, you know, this does scare me to hell there's no...

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It is scary but I think you could...

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you could just make it something totally different, couldn't you?

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-Well, I think...

-Rip it all out and start again.

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Sounds like Louise is starting to think about it

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but in Jane's last ready, the kitchen where it all started to go wrong.

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So I'm thinking about Jane's first offering to you.

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It was a big kitchen...

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but you thought it wasn't big enough,

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so here I'm giving you options.

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We're not listed, we can do pretty much what we want to do here,

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subject to building regulations.

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Now, at the moment you've got two options

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of having two really good-sized rooms.

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Behind that wall there...

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is a slightly more modern extension and that is a boiler room,

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so you can push this wall out that way to have a bigger kitchen, or...

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have this as a temporary kitchen

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whilst you're going back into the workshop

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and you push the wall through the workshop

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through to another reception room and have a huge kitchen-diner there.

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Does that scare you off?

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Or are you looking at this and getting really excited?

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It scares me, there's no question about it,

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because I kinda look at it...

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old house, loads of work, we don't know what we're doing.

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No.

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Don't get me wrong, I like the little area surrounded bit but um, for me, it's just not...

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..it's just not, I think it's not in the right area,

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-it's too far away from my workplace.

-Oh, OK.

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Right area, now this doesn't sound like your dream home,

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so we need to know, if we're not getting it right, please tell us.

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Yeah, I like...

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this little hidden feel you're getting from the outside, that's...

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I'm liking that, but the minute I step back out there,

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it's not quite for me. No.

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So now we're in the wrong place and again it's too small.

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So how big is big enough for this pair?

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Nick and Louise want the near impossible -

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masses of space and loads of luxury.

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Something has got to give.

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-We haven't got it right, have we?

-No. Haven't done a good job

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so we need to get on and find somewhere else.

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Even if I find the right area, I still think I'm pushing string uphill, trying to find them a wreck.

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Phew, you know, a wreck of this standard, yeah.

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I think you're right. But...

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we can try, we've got to show them options.

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-Come on then.

-All is not lost, Jonnie.

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All has not started yet, has it?

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Well, at half time, it's nil-nil for both of us.

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We're in trouble. To find anything big enough,

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we need to split up to cover more ground.

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May the best man...

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..or woman win this epic battle.

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Concentrated on the wrong location this morning.

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Time to move on, start again, um...

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and find them a house in which they can enjoy the fruits of their labour.

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Something with the wow factor.

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Will it be a wreck or ready? I have no idea.

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And I don't think they know either.

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There's one place you can find loads of space and loads of luxury

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and that's right out in the country.

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I need a great, big, beautiful farmhouse

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that's going to give Nick and Louise that fantastic space they're looking for.

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So, I'm taking them to Salem,

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which, although rural, is just north of Swansea

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and 23 minutes' drive away from Nick's work and their kids' school in Neath.

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Careful, Jane, I made that mistake with location last time.

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Don't fret, Jonnie, I think my next ready will have them forgetting the commute.

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This four-bedroomed property is on the market at 450 grand.

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There's also planning permission for an extension, so more space to be had

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and potentially this could be a six-bedroomed house.

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Hang on, I thought you said it was ready.

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Are you stepping on my toes again?

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It's ready to move into now but they could extend in the future.

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Nick and Louise, I've brought you to Felindre, to this detached home.

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It's a 17th-Century home, actually, um...

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and does it have the wow factor for you?

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-It definitely has the driving in and the space out the front.

-Yeah.

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I love the...I'm loving the outside.

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Yeah, the outside looks good to me,

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I'm liking the size of the property from the outside.

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The thing I love about this property

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and why I had to bring you, is the view.

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On a good day - it's a bit hazy today - you can see all the way to the sea.

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You might have noticed the work going on in the garden.

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The vendor at the moment has got planning permission

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to build a really large detached garage and above that...

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-a gym.

-Oh, OK.

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But it is right over your budget, this property, at the moment,

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but it has been on the market for quite some time, about a year.

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It's on at 450.

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And is the 450 with the work done or without the work done?

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Yeah, the 450 includes the building of that garage and gym,

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so obviously there's negotiation on the price.

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Another thing I have to tell you is, just up the hill here,

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there's 3.5 acres of land that's yours.

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-And that's part of the 450?

-Yes.

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I can show you in more detail from the balcony that you requested.

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-Let's do that.

-Let's go and have a look.

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This house is a whopper, plus it feels like the statement property

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that I think Nick and Louise are looking for.

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It's got the land, the large family rooms, the gorgeous features...

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What's not to like?

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This is a really large living room. Lots of seating area.

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This is a nice, a nice family space, a nice living room.

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-Great. That bit round there as well.

-Really nice. That's a feature, which is good.

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Now tell me, is this space,

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this downstairs space working for you and your family?

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For a living space, this is good for them.

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The only thing is you know the bit, front of the kitchen, I can see us wanting to do more with that,

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because what I really want is a bigger kind of kitchen

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where you can, kind of, have a little sofa

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and lounge in the kitchen area. That doesn't do it in there at the moment

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but the bit next door to the kitchen,

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-we might be able to make something like that.

-Yeah.

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Ouch. Jane, our kitchens are just never big enough,

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and it looks like there's a problem upstairs, too.

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-It's a shame because...

-Everything's...

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..the bedrooms are looking a bit small up here,

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compared to downstairs.

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Spoiling it a bit for me.

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I mean, you couldn't do anything in here really, could you?

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So, what do you make of the upstairs?

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It's not quite...

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..doing it for me, upstairs.

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It's feeling a little bit too small.

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It's a shame. Downstairs, with some moving around, you could do something with,

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-but up here... This room's great.

-Yeah.

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But those rooms, definitely far too small.

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Oh, dear, this is going the way of my last wreck.

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The kitchen's still too small, the bedrooms are too small and the decor hasn't bowled them over.

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And Louise's face says it all.

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Well, here's hoping and praying, that Jonnie comes up with a stonker.

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I'm sure he will, he's going to find something,

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even though it's the side...

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The part of the programme that I didn't want,

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which is the wreck part,

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but um, let's see, let's see what he might have up his sleeves.

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I've played my last hand today and still not found the right house.

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They want a big one. It's all on you now, Jonnie.

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I think Jane and I have been focusing on the wrong kind of property,

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we've been looking for that statement house, without thinking about the location.

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I've given it some thought and for a family like Nick and Louise and their children,

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they want somewhere for the children to go to

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without having to be Mum And Dad's Taxi Service.

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So, I've just rang an agent in Neath and they've got a wreck that could be right up their street.

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I'm quite confident now.

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I'm thinking location and size are the key here,

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so I'm going for broke with a new plan.

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I'm in Neath, where Nick, Louise and the children currently live,

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so it's fair to say I think they like it.

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Now, brace yourself, Jane, for a real doer upper.

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I'm not holding my breath.

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So you can see and hear we've got a bit more hustle and bustle,

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which is part of my cunning plan.

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OK.

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This is the house we're going to have a look at.

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Can't see a lot, can you?

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-No.

-No.

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It's got a whopping great garden, where you can see a whole lot more.

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So follow me and I'll show you.

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This 1920s detached house is actually two semis

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knocked into one massive five-bedroom home.

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It's on the market for £285,000,

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well under Nick and Louise's budget of 430,

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so plenty of change for renovation.

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This is why we're here.

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That is what we're going to have a look around in in just a moment.

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-It looks big from here. No question about that.

-Yeah.

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It used to be two houses. Built around 1920.

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What are you thinking?

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It's deceiving because you think it's...it's overgrown

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and you can't see the full size and potential of it,

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when you get here, it's like, "Whoa. That's big".

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So, let's have a look inside.

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-You on board?

-Let's do it.

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-Good, come on.

-Most definitely.

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Well, so far so good.

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It's in the perfect location, has quirky features

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and has the potential to create that all-important massive kitchen.

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It certainly needs some work but they've got 145 grand to do it.

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You might think this is ready to move into, especially you, Nick. You'll love this.

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All this and there's a massive room the other side -

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could be one huge kitchen, maybe with the staircase in the middle.

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Oh, nice, nice feature, yeah.

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-Look at the parquet flooring!

-Original?

-It is, yeah.

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Very nice, I like.

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Yeah, they love parquet flooring and here comes the real wow.

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-Come in.

-Oh, my Lord.

-Oh, wow.

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That's a cracking space, this, eh?

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'What?! Rewind!'

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-That's a cracking space, this, eh?

-'I did hear that right, didn't I?

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'We've finally found a space that impresses Nick

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'but what about Louise?'

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Look, that is a grand piano and it's dwarfed in this room.

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Is that staying, is it?

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I don't know, I'll find out for you.

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At long last.

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We've been up and down, country to coast, looking to impress Louise

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and all it took was a grand piano.

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-It's a beautiful size room this, eh?

-Yeah.

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-Imagine Christmases here.

-Yeah, lovely.

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And, maybe opening up one of those windows

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to take in that beautiful back garden.

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-Nice.

-Maybe a conservatory?

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I think the thing with us, we just need to know...

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what you think we can do with this,

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because I look at it and I'm scared, no question about it.

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But if you tell us that we can do all this stuff with it...

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-then I'm well excited.

-OK.

-It's so close to where we did want.

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Well, this is the beauty of a wreck.

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The huge garden can be cleared and landscaped for the kids.

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Interior walls can be blown away for bigger rooms,

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plus the house has been on the market for over two years,

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so there could be some more leverage on the price.

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If that's not enough, the vendor will throw in the grand piano too.

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So how can Louise resist?

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Are you not scared?

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Yeah, it is frightening, isn't it?

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I mean it's the unknown but...

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it's still so exciting at the same time, isn't it?

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You know, you've got loads of ideas going round in your head,

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what you can do in each room. No, I like it.

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-Hey. You don't have to serenade me.

-The best thing I've ever played.

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This is good, isn't it? So what do they think?

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I think they really liked it. I know Nick needs to be converted...

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but he loved the space, he loved the garden.

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I think he quite likes the area.

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I'm quietly confident that I've done all I can

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on behalf of all the wrecks of the world.

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We started off at my fabulous, giant ready

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but Nick and Louise thought the large kitchen was too small.

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Then my ramshackle block of miners' cottages

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but it was in the wrong location and the, er, kitchen...

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Yeah. That was too small.

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So I headed way out of town

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to show them a stunning ready and guess what?

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The bedrooms AND the kitchen were too small.

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Well, size certainly has mattered like never before today.

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I finished with a massive renovation,

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which had the tiniest kitchen ever and guess what?

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Ha! They loved it.

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Will the charms of the parquet floor

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and free grand piano be enough?

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Hello.

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Hello.

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So, you're still smiling?

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We are, most definitely, eh?

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We've had a bit more of a look around this place

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and it's, er, it's a daunting idea, scary idea isn't it? But I...

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But it's exciting as well.

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-I mean, upstairs every room you go into you can see potential for it. So it's...

-Great.

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Are we agreed that the first three properties, both my readies - ooh -

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and Jonnie's first wreck, they're no-goers?

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For me, I'd say you saved the best till last.

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Get in, Jonnie.

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Hey, hey, hey. What about Nick?

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No, I'm probably exactly the same

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but I suppose the only downside with wrecks...

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Where I want to walk away from here and say,

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"Let's put in an offer, I want that house."

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There's too much to find out.

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I would say, from a wreck point of view, nothing good is ever easy

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and what I think I need to do for you guys is arrange for a meeting,

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not with just one builder, maybe with a couple, or even a few,

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to bring round here, someone to hold your hand through the whole process

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and get two or three quotes, detailed quotes...

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with your vision in mind

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and then when you've got all that information in front of you,

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then, hopefully, you'll be in the position to put a bid in.

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I'm truly relieved, I really am,

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because you are living in the one-bedroomed flat.

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-Yes, we are.

-You do need to move

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and I hope this could be a fab family home for you.

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-We hope so as well.

-Definitely.

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-Fingers crossed and we'll let you guys know...

-Please do.

-..how we get on.

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My final project has blown them away.

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Even Nick got excited about renovation.

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Next day, we arranged for them to revisit with their kids

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and look at some old renovation plans, which a previous builder left behind.

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You know, in an ideal world you'd want a nice hallway coming in

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but you want quite a kind of dramatic hallway, don't you?

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-A bit of a statement.

-So as you walk in you go, "Wow".

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So it's a thumbs up for the plans,

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but are Alfie and Ellie as positive as Nick and Louise?

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It looks like a proper mess.

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It's, like, obviously where it's been abandoned

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and obviously hasn't been looked after

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but I reckon after it all being stripped down and redone,

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I think it will look very nice.

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I feel it's very old fashioned and it smells damp and very dirty.

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Oops. Kids say the funniest things. Maybe Mum and Dad are a bit keener.

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It's good to be able to come back again today but I've still,

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for me, I've still got that... excitement feeling

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and I'm still wanting the house, the project.

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I'm probably more excited today than I was yesterday.

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I just think for one...

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If I pop my head through the loft area up there

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and the space upstairs is just incredible.

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Um, so already I'm starting to think of what we can maybe do with that space as well.

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If we can get that dream of that ideal home on here

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I think it'll be fantastic.

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But...we...I'm still scared we're a long way from that at the moment.

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After a few days to think, Nick and Louise had a change of heart

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and decided that my project was just too much work for them

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but the good news is they realised a ready home was their best option

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and have since put in an offer on a new build,

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so in the end, I suppose it was a victory for Jane.

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So join us again when we'll be battling it out,

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proving that buying a renovation project...

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..or a ready is definitely the key to finding your dream home.

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Motorbike mad Nick and stay-at-home mum Louise are desperate to move out of their rented house into a family home, so property experts Jane Farnham and Jonnie Irwin show them a selection of finished homes and fixer-uppers. With 450,000 pounds to spend in South Glamorgan, will they be tempted by one of Jonnie's rundown 'wrecks' or Jane's perfect 'readies'?


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