Take a look at this Birmingham home coming up at Bond Wolfe’s next auction and you might think that a sledge hammer has been at work in the side passage.
Pop round the back and the vista hardly improves, with the garden of 73 Ivy House Road on the border of West Heath and Kings Norton looking like an unofficial landfill.
Peek inside the three-bedroomed, end-terraced house and these first impressions continue, with a collapsed kitchen ceiling, stripped walls in the bathroom, sitting room and one of the bedrooms.
But the truth behind these chaotic scenes is simply a property halfway through renovations that now needs a bit of tender loving care and investment to become a decent family home once again.
Gurpreet Bassi, chief executive at Bond Wolfe, explained that the need for “complete refurbishment” was reflected in the guide price* of just £69,000+ that the lot will carry in the livestreamed auction on 8 February.
Mr Bassi said: “This is the kind of property that regularly catches the eyes of keen bidders attending our auctions because they know you can’t always tell a book by its cover.
“Yes, the side passage and some walls in the front garden have been dismantled and the bricks and rubble needs removing.
“But once this been taken care of, the end-terraced garden is actually quite a large space wrapping round the front, side and rear of the house.
“The state of affairs inside is simply what happens when people start a big decorating job, with various tired plaster and tiles in what I’d describe as the first stage of removal.
“Any potential new owner will of course want to come and check the property for themselves, and already we’re dealing with multiple enquiries from first-time buyers with DIY skills and landlords looking to extend their portfolios.”
The property on Ivy House Road has an open plan kitchen and reception room on the ground floor, with a landing, three bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs.
The viewing schedule for interested bidders, with no need to book in prior to attending, is:
- Wednesday 24 January 2 to 2.15pm
- Monday 29 January 11am to 11.15pm
- Thursday 1 February 2 to 2.15pm, and
- Tuesday 6 February 11 to 11.15am.
The Birmingham property is just one of 192 lots that are appearing in Bond Wolfe’s next auction, which will start at the earlier time of 8.30am on Thursday 8 February.
If you have a property you are considering selling, visit https://www.bondwolfe.com/free-property-appraisal/ email [email protected] or call 0121 312 1212 or 01902 928 510 for advice or to arrange a free no obligation valuation.