Devastated Homes Under the Hammer buyer says 'ouch' as Bexley family house is valued after makeover

A man pictured on Homes Under the Hammer
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Homes Under the Hammer visited Bexleyheath, in the London Borough of Bexley, during Monday's episode (June 10) as a 1930s semi-detached property went to auction. Presenter Jacqui Joseph visited the property on a quiet residential street located around a mile from Bexleyheath train station.

The three-bedroom house had a guide price of £275,000 plus, and 'wasn't looking too worse for wear', Jacqui said. Inside the property, Jacqui described it as 'dark and dated' but enjoyed its 1930s charm. In June 2022, a local estate agent gave the property a post-renovation value of £500,000 giving the buyer room for profit.

In April 2022, the Bexley property went under the hammer and was sold to Mark for £436,000 who put in an offer while living in Muscat, Oman. As a project manager in the oil and gas industry Mark is used to taking on a challenge but moved into the house with his wife while renovating it into an ideal family home.

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Jacqui goes inside the Bexley property during Monday's episode of Homes Under the Hammer
Jacqui goes inside the Bexley property during Monday's episode of Homes Under the Hammer -Credit:BBC

Mark was armed with a budget between £60,000 and £80,000 and wanted to do as much of the renovation himself, not including electrics, plumbing or structural work. He successfully modernised the South London property into a lovely family home and spent a total of £556,000 including the purchase price.

In September 2023, a local estate agent visited the newly renovated property and was impressed with the contemporary finish. The agent was also impressed with the outside cabin as the extra space could add £15,000 to the asking price.

On the sales market, the agent said the house would now be worth between £550,000 and £575,000, but Mark wasn't very impressed with the valuation of his home.

Mark transformed the run down front room into a warm family space
Mark transformed the rundown front room into a warm family space -Credit:BBC

"Ouch", Mark said before bursting out laughing, "That's a bit of a surprise", he added. The show's presenter Martin Roberts then said: "It's not all bad, a sale at the agent's top figure could see Mark with a pre-tax profit of £19,000. However, this wasn't a profit-making venture, this is Mark's family home."

If Mark was to sell the property for the low asking price of £550,000, he would be out of pocket by £6,000 after all his hard work. But the agent went on to say how the property could be rented for £2,200 per calendar month should the family choose to. Mark confirmed he has a home in Mauritius which he plans to retire to in the future, so the rent could be a potential income.

Homes Under the Hammer airs weekdays at 11:15am on BBC One and iPlayer.

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