A man who landed a bargain home at auction was left feeling unwell – after renovating the property on Homes Under the Hammer. Gordon bought the derelict house in Kidsgrove for just £44,500 – but became ill after trying to do the renovations himself.

The property, covered in ivy and described by Homes Under the Hammer presenter Martin Roberts as ‘dark, dingy and covered in nicotine stains’, had a guide price of just £35,000 when it went up for auction.

The three-bed semi was built in the 1950s as part of a ‘miners estate’, but had been left in a state of disrepair and was unhabitable with an outdated interior, a dirty kitchen and toilet separate from an upstairs old-fashioned bathroom.

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The house, with fake-painted beams, was Gordon’s first major renovation project. He told Martin Roberts that he had a budget of £7,000 to bring the house back to life – which he was hoping to do in just six months.

However, after failing to wear protective clothing when stripping the house of ivy, Gordon became unwell which put the project on hold.

Camera crews from Homes Under the Hammer last visited the property close to the centre of Kidsgrove in 2019 when Gordon told Martin he had spent just £250 on a new kitchen and bathroom. The house had been stripped ready for renovation – with Gordon planning on bringing in tradesmen to help.

Estate agents who visited the home reckoned the house would sell for £65,000 once brought back to its full glory – although Gordon was keen to offer the home for long-term rental with a potential to bring in a maximum of £600-a-month.

– Homes Under the Hammer is on BBC1 Monday to Friday at 11.15am.