Many people carry out renovations for the love of DIY and home improvements, while others do it to increase their property’s value. For Leanne Baud, it was both.
35-year-old Leanne from Leeds, and her husband Ash, also 35, purchased the 1930s five-bed semi-detached house five years ago for £279,950.
They quickly set to work to revamp the dated property themselves, and have gone on to create a family paradise, also adding over £145,000 to the home’s value.
The couple had a huge task ahead of them, needing to juggle the renovations with working full time and looking after their three children, Oliver, 15, Mason, 13, and Esme, two.
Leanne, who works for Yorkshire Ambulance, focused on decorating – taking inspiration from YouTube videos – while Ash, who works as a plumber and engineer, was put in charge of plumbing and heating works.
To overhaul the entire property over the following years, the DIY-lovers knocked walls down to create family-friendly spaces, converted their loft to add an additional bedroom and cut costs by purchasing furnishings on eBay and Facebook Marketplace.
The family spent a total of £60,000 on the renovation and now estimate the property to be worth £425,000 – £145,050 more than they purchased it for.
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