Homes Under the Hammer's Tommy Walsh dumbstruck at 'show first'

Tommy Walsh visited a property in East Sussex that was bought by a London
-Credit: (Image: BBC)


Tommy Walsh was left 'confused' during Monday's episode of Homes Under the Hammer (June 17) as an auction house appeared to be 'back to front'. Introducing the segment, the BBC shows co-host Dion Dublin said: "Tommy is in Eastbourne where there's a first for everything."

Tommy, 67, was in East Sussex, to look at a 'dated' three-bedroom house with an auction guide price of £160k - plus. But upon entering the property the presenter was left surprised. After stating he was impressed with the exterior of the property he walked through the front door with "great expectations", which were short lived.

"Interesting", Tommy said as the front door led straight into a kitchen. He added: "You don't normally enter into a house straight through to the kitchen. That is strange."

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Tommy Walsh was surprised to see the front door leading straight into the kitchen
Tommy Walsh was surprised to see the front door leading straight into the kitchen -Credit:BBC

Looking around the house, the TV star started to point out how the area could be improved: "It's a bit dated this kitchen though and depending on what type to kitchen you have, if you want one of those range-type cookers, you could put it into that old chimney breast fireplace over there.

"But if you don't, and you want one of these all singing, all dancing, very modern, contemporary kitchens, you could take that chimney breast out and those cupboards, and that would give you a bit more room - it would give you a lot more room."

Tommy then walked through the living room to find another locked door in a small lobby that opened to an outside area. He dubbed the property a "back to front house" after he realised he had first entered the house through the back door.

The back door of the kitchen leads into a residential street while the front door is located on a private pedestrianised path in what Dion called a "very charming entrance."

The house after the renovations on Homes Under the Hammer
The house after the renovations on Homes Under the Hammer -Credit:BBC

"What an elegant façade", Tommy said while looking at the front of the building, "in this beautiful surroundings, it's just fantastic."

The three-bed house was in need of refurbishment and according to an estate agent it would be worth between £240k and £250k if renovated to a high standard. The house was sold at auction for £190k to Karen, who is from London. She spent £40k renovating the property giving her a total spend of £230k.

Although Karen reduced the house to a two-bedroom making the rooms bigger but this did not impact the property's value as the estate agent valued it between £270k and £280k. That's a potential pre-tax profit of £40k and £50k.

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

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