A mum snagged an incredible deal on a family home in Yorkshire because it used to be a cannabis factory – and gave it the DIY makeover of a lifetime.
The mum-of-two, an A&E nurse, purchased the derelict home for just £85,000 – and updated it for just £4,700.
She should make a pretty penny if she decides to sell as smaller homes on her street have sold for £115,000.
Laura Williamson, from Sheffield, purchased her home on May 19.
And, after a heavy deep clean and some gorgeous DIY – the house is in tip top shape.
Laura has documented her stunning renovationon her Instagram account – @cannabisfarm_tohomewithcharm.
When she went to the viewing in January, she claims she and her mum knew about the house’s illegal past from the smell and the left-over items.
She told Daily Star Online : “It was obvious, there were no photos of the inside from on Right Move, and when I went to view it the estate agent said I’d realise why when I went in.
“When we got inside, there was all this equipment – I didn’t really know what it was.
“But, my mum said that they’d been growing cannabis and the smell hit me.”
She continued: “I got it really, really cheap – it literally didn’t have any electric so we couldn’t even turn on the lights to view it.”
The nurse also expected there to be some structural issues, due to the low price, but when she had a survey done she discovered the house was perfect.
This meant that when Laura revamped the house she managed it for just £4,700.
This included big pay outs on the electrics, garden and a dividing wall to separate two bedrooms.
The electrics cost just under £1,000 to make safe.
Laura added: “It didn’t have any garden space for my children, so I had fencing and decking put up.
She got a local home renovation company, M.H Home Improvements, to landscape her deck and garden.
Laura said: “The house hasn’t got a back garden, it only has a side garden.
“And, it was just concrete and glass and Mark [who runs the renovation company] has cleared it all.”
The gorgeous results show an attractive, and safe, decked garden for Laura’s little ones to have fun in.
The mum also got a great deal on carpets.
The first quote she got was for £1600, but Steve Round from Stockbridge, who runs a carpet fitting business, did the job for less than £700.
Both of the company’s gave Laura a great price because of her service to the NHS.
The rest of the renovation was cleaning, paint and accessories which she did with the help of her mum.
Laura told us: “I think we used about 50 bottles of bleach.
“We cleaned up the kitchen – it was unimaginable – and used tile paint and put down a new floor.
“The kitchen cabinets had sticky stuff all over them – I don’t know if it was p*ss – so we cleaned them up.
“It took hours.”
The bathroom was similarly grimy.
When she bought the house, the toilet was still full of human waste.
Laura said: “If you look at the before photos, there was thick, dried on poo in the toilet.
“It needed the worlds best clean up, and it’s come up like a whole other bathroom…
“I couldn’t afford to change it, but since [the photos have] gone viral, all the comments say they love the bathroom.
“And, it’s the room I’ve done the least to.”
As for the decorations – Laura made a lovely photo montage wall will a free photo app and some 79p Home Bargains paste.
The fireplace tile stickers were £10 and her rug was £60, both from eBay.
The new breakfast bar was just £20 from Facebook Marketplace.
If you’re looking to land a similar deal to Laura, she had a word of advice.
She said: “Get a mortgage advisor, because I was rejected by so many mortgages when i first tried.”
Laura added: “When I got the advisor he found the mortgage for me.
“Also, Right Move said that the house needed a full renovation, so you probably think you need £20-30,000 in the bank for that, but I sold my car and managed to fund it off of that.”
Laura managed to complete her home makeover in six weeks, but it did take some heavy grafting.
She worked on the house from six in the morning to nine at night some days.
But, it’s all been worth it as the mum adores her gorgeous family home.
Laura added: “I’m over the moon, I love it and I never want to sell it!
“The kids love it all.
“My little girl has the attic and she says it’s like a Princess tower.”
Carpets supplied by Steve Round at In home Carpets based in Stockbridge – free quotes, no obligation [07837354262.].