We bought the worst house on the street and added £131,000 to the value with a little DIY

We bought the worst house on the street and added £131,000 to the value with a little DIY

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.

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Chris Gilheny and Joe Lemos have increased the value of their home by £131,000Credit: Vincent Cole – Manchester Evening News
The couple did so by renovating the house—almost on their own

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The couple did so by renovating the house—almost on their ownCredit: Vincent Cole – Manchester Evening News
They say they bought the worst house on the best street

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They say they bought the worst house on the best streetCredit: Vincent Cole – Manchester Evening News

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.

Chris told Manchester Evening NewsWe did a little DIY on our previous work Role But anything we didn’t do we just learned YouTube.

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“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.

The couple said they were lucky that they had fun Do it yourself They do about 80 to 90 percent of the work, with closures Which gives them more time to fall in love with it.

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

Chris Gilheny

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.

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“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.

The couple say they have spent around £30,000 on the restoration work

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The couple say they have spent around £30,000 on the restoration workCredit: Vincent Cole – Manchester Evening News
Joe and Chris say they've saved a lot of money because they've done a lot of the work themselves

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Joe and Chris say they’ve saved a lot of money because they’ve done a lot of the work themselvesCredit: Vincent Cole – Manchester Evening News
And they learned most of their skills on YouTube

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And they learned most of their skills on YouTubeCredit: Vincent Cole – Manchester Evening News


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