The husband who bought the worst house on the best street has added £131,000 to its value – with a little bit of manual labor.
Jo Lemos, 36, and Chris Gilheaney, 33, learned a ton of makeover skills online, and it was those that saw home value throat.
The pair originally paid £244,000 on their ‘ugly’ account Greater Manchester The house because it was in a good area.
But after spending a good part of the past two years pouring their spare time into fixing their 30s Homepageits value rose to £375,000.
And Joe and Chris only spent about £30,000 Transforming the property into a modern Scandinavian style residence they love.
“We basically changed every room.
“But some of the bigger things we’ve done is we’ve moved the kitchen into the middle reception room and then converted the old kitchen into a utility room and cloakroom downstairs.
“It was just about not being afraid to try things out. We’re both on hand and we’ve dealt with it.”
Doing the work themselves, he said, “helped tremendously.” Saving Moneyadding, “We wouldn’t have been able to do what we did at that cost if we had the people to do it.”
The couple bought their Prestwich home in November 2019 and set about renovating — then pandemic They were injured and left to live on a construction site.
Their plans were also delayed because they struggled to obtain plaster and other materials.
But when restrictions eased, they continued their easy work.
On top of that, Chris and Jo’s house was appraised in the summer and they were told their business had risen by around £131,000 to between £350,000 and £375,000.
Joe said: “I think we spent about £30,000 renovating it.
“We spent very little time in the garden because it was so overgrown. We cut down 14 trees because they were so big.”
Once done, you forget all the pain and just enjoy it
Giving advice to people hoping to work their way up the property ladder, Chris said: “It’s hard work but you need to persevere because it’s worth it.
“There will always be unexpected or unplanned events when renovating. We thought we were going to fly through it but in reality there were a lot of problems whether it was with electricity or plumbing.
“Our house was built in 1931, so it’s had so many lives and generations of people who’ve been through it and they’ve all made changes to it themselves and made mistakes along the way.
“But once it’s over, forget all the pain and just enjoy it.”
When asked if buying a run-down house was the best idea, Joe said: “It depends on the person and what they want.
“If you want an easy life, find a new building, and if you really love building something and putting your own stamp on it, I recommend the route we did.
“It’s harder but I think it’s more satisfying in the end. We’re very proud of our home.”
The couple also set up a Instagram An account to document their renewal journey.
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