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Homes Under the Hammer host Martin Roberts said he was “scared” for a young couple who bought a run down house in the hopes of renovating it as he discovered a supporting wall at risk of collapse.
Such an incident would have brought the entire property down with it – while other issues with the house included a natural spring that would flood the living room every time there was heavy rain, and general water damage and damp.
The house of horrors got even worse when the property was broke into while the new owners were desperately trying to renovate it.
The BBC show featured a house bought for £11,000 more than the £35,000 property price it was advertised for when on sale in Tylorstown in the Rhondda Valley in Wales.
Martin Roberts was deeply worried about the state of a supporting wall on a property on Homes Under The Hammer
Owners, Simon and Rebecca, thought they had bagged themselves a bargain when they snapped up the house for £46,000 and planned to spend just £5,000-£10,000 on renovations before letting out the property to renters.
But 57-year-old show host predicted the pair would need to spend far more to salvage the property – and expressed his fear the whole building could collapse.
Water damage affected the house due to there bing an underground spring beneath the home, there was damp in the building, and the home would flood when there was heavy rain in the typically wet conditions of Wales.
Damp was an issue in the house due to a natural spring existing under the property
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While the water damaged caused to a retaining wall left Martin particularly concerned.
He warned: "Can you imagine the weight of soil and Welsh hillside that's holding up? It is scary beyond belief.
"You'd be looking at tens of thousands of pounds, [probably] £25,000.
The house featured on the BBC's Homes Under The Hammer
“Either you just hope it's ok or you touch it and you open Pandora's box."
Owners Simon and Rebecca were further dismayed when they got their renovations work underway when thieves target the property.
Simon said: ”It was very upsetting actually, at first it was off-putting of the whole project and it did take a couple of weeks to think 'don't let this slow us down.'"
New owners Simon and Rebecca managed to renovate their property and rent it out
The pair eventually spent £15,000 to compete work to the home – and managed to solve the water damage issue by installing improved drainage to take water away from the building.
While the maintaining wall was given some emergency treatment in order to make it safe, with the couple planning to perform more work on the wall once they can afford to.
Happily, the pair – who run a business in Oxfordshire – were able to rent out the property after their renovations for their asking price of £575 per month.