BBC Homes Under The Hammer: Viewers worried as each property worse than the last

A dirty and rusty bathroom
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BBC viewers were treated to a new episode of Homes Under The Hammer this morning, during which a trio of flats were all transformed from run-down homes to stunning properties. Airing on Thursday, July 11, the 20th episode of season 27 was one not to be missed.

The episode saw Jacqui Joseph, Martel Maxwell and Martin Roberts travel to London, Glasgow and Bournemouth, with each property being more shocking than the last. The episode started with Jacqui in London where a top-floor one-bedroom flat was bought for £176,000 at auction, around £50,000 more than the guide price.

It was a "compact" flat with a squished feel, and viewers were left unsure about the buyers' plans to change the kitchen into a second bedroom, and the lounge into an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area. However by the end of the episode, a total investment of £234,000 saw the property transformed and unrecognisable.

The London flat had an incredibly small kitchen which was transformed into another bedroom
The London flat had an incredibly small kitchen which was transformed into another bedroom

The kitchen made a cosy second bedroom and everything was done to a "hotel standard" ready to be rented out for around £140 to £160 per night. Meanwhile, in Glasgow, Martel had a shock when the two-bedroom flat she went to see in Thornliebank, Glasgow, was missing everything, even some of the floors.

Secondary school art teacher Andrew bought the property for £58,000, which was £2,000 less than the guide price. He didn't look at the property before viewing, but explained the state of the property "didn't faze me".

He set an ambitious budget of up to £15,000 to transform the property, which he planned to do alongside his full-time teaching job. Five months later Martel returned to find the flat had news walls, floors and a boiler.

The stripped-back flat was uninhabitable when viewers first saw it, and they were left shocked over how stunning it turned out, with some of the original features still intact. It would be rented for £850 to £900 a month, which is encouraging news for the teacher as he continues his property dreams.

The property in Glasgow had missing floors
The property in Glasgow had missing floors

Last but not least, Martin Roberts had viewers worried in Bournemouth, with a studio property that looked to be falling apart. Bought for £56,000 at auction, the flat needed new windows and doors as well as a new kitchen and bathroom due to the horrific rusty state the appliances were in.

Martin described it as being in "a bit of a state" but was excited to see what happened with it after the property had been out of use for almost 50 years. The property was bought by Tim, and it was his first purchase ever.

He has helped his dad in the past and hoped to carry out his own project. A further £23,000 was spent on the property, with every possible inch of space being carefully used to give it a modern look whilst still being practical.

The now "bright and airy" property was valued at £800 to £825 per calendar month on rent, or if it was sold it could go for around £100,000 or £120,000 if a lease extension is secured.