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Couple transform home that hasn’t been touched in 30 years and add £45,000 to value

The couple’s finished home

A couple who bought their first home in for £155,000 managed to add £45,000 to the value in just six weeks with a radical makeover. The property, in Rugby, Warwickshire, hadn’t been decorated in 30 years so there was lots of work to do. Buyers Ewelina Mejka, 36, and husband Przemyslaw, 33, completed in May 2018 and transformed it themselves. ‘The state of the house was really bad,’ Ewelina, a healthcare assistant, said.

‘An old lady was living here and she passed away – I think she hadn’t done anything to the house for 30 years.’ Most of the work was cosmetic as all of the electricity and piping was in good condition. Keen to get the job done as quickly as possible, the couple, who are parents to daughters Amelia, 12, and nine-year-old Lena, took time off of work so they could dedicate the hours to decorating. They removed all the carpets and wallpaper, and took out the original kitchen and bathroom. Przemyslaw skimmed the walls and Ewelina spent time painting the entire house – three times – one white coat and then two of the chosen colour for each room.

The couple spent £5,300 on new windows and a new front door, as well as £2,200 on a new boiler. The kitchen, which they purchased from IKEA, cost £3,000, and Przemyslaw fitted it himself. The downstairs wooden flooring cost £2,000, while the upstairs carpet set them back £1,300. They spent around £4,200 on a new bath, sink and toilet, linoleum floors in the kitchen and bathroom, and paints and plaster. –