BBC Homes Under The Hammer's Dion Dublin steps into Notts house and says we have 'a major problem'

Alton and Ramiro had a lot of work to do
Alton and Ramiro had a lot of work to do -Credit:BBC

Homes Under The Hammer viewers were impressed by a duo who have completely transformed a property in Nottinghamshire. At 11am on Wednesday, May 8, an episode of the BBC series featured a three-bedroom, semi-detached house on a busy Worksop street, which had significant signs of subsidence and large cracks all around.

It was not a project for the faint hearted, and, with a guide price at auction of £29,000 to £34,000, viewers were left shaking their heads to learn Alton and Ramiro had paid £95,500, and not even viewed the property before bidding. Host Dion Dublin arrived at the property optimistic, but it wasn't long before he was visibly concerned.

After stepping inside, he said: "As soon as you come into the door we have a major problem at the top of the stairs there. It's just cracks everywhere."

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A walk around showed the 1970s-style decor and a gas fire, as well as even more cracks. Dion added: "My mind is still at those cracks and how much that is going to cost you to get right, I'm worried.

"Even the stairs are falling that way. We have got some major major cracks, I've never seen anything as wide as that. It's all the way up, I can see that everything is falling that way."

Ramiro and Alton did an exceptional job transforming the house
Ramiro and Alton did an exceptional job transforming the house -Credit:BBC

He struggled to let the damage go, and added: "My thoughts are with all these cracks. They are so severe and potentially so dangerous, so please get that sorted ASAP, get the pros round and find out what is going on."

Although Dion did say that the back garden was a lovely size. Whilst the project was stressful to look at, and let alone work on, Alton and Amiro are experienced property developers and were not fazed but instead keen to get started.

The pair then said it was their first time looking at the property, to which Dion looked shocked by. Regarding the subsidence, he asked: "Did you have any idea of the issues it had?"

Ramiro replied: "To be honest there were five images on the pitch on the auction house. I saw the images, and to be honest I've done structural damage before many times, I'm known for solving those problems."

The pair planned to rent the property and add it to their portfolio. They had a budget of £20,000 - £30,000 and set themselves an eight-week timescale.

There were large cracks everywhere
There were large cracks everywhere -Credit:BBC

By this point viewers had their head in their hands, thinking this was not enough time or money to get the house into shape. However, Dion returned to the house six months later to a jaw-dropping transformation.

The dull, dated and dangerous home was now fresh and modern, it was like a completely new house. Ramiro said: "We took the house all the way back to brick and we looked at where there was existing weak spots in the brick that was moving and falling down in places.

"We used a certain kind of chemical ties to tie them together, we then also rebuilt some of the walls in the house, and we demolished some walls. We then put a lot of lintels over the windows. So we literally did everything that you do from back to brick."

Alton added: "With the front garden, we've cleared it, we had a palm tree to take out. We've had the kerb dropped.

"It will be getting stoned this week and then it's ready for them to park as it's a busy road so they need off-street parking." Viewers were quick to suspect the pair had gone over their budget, and, whilst this was correct, it was only by one or two thousand pounds.

The pair spent between £31,000 and £32,000 on the house, which, including the cost to buy, gave them a max spend of £127,000. A local estate agent valued it on the market as being in the region of £175,000, which, if sold, would see the duo with a pre-tax profit of just over £47,000.

However, they instead decided to rent the property at £800 a month. This would see them have an annual yield of seven and a half percent.