Unpack, move in – and enjoy modernised property
T UCKED away towards the end of a quiet cul-de-sac with no passing traffic, this mid terrace was bought earlier this summer by Philip Horton. He has modernised, refurbished, improved and redecorated it to the point that the only thing a buyer would need to do is move in and unpack.
There is even a £500 cashback offer to help towards the cost of curtains and furnishings, but everything else is newly-installed.
Philip says: "I bought it around May and have spent in the region of £15,000 bringing it up to standard. It was not in a bad state when I bought it and it was structurally sound but it just needed a bit of modernisation and TLC.''
Over the past few months, the house at 20 Garnett Road East, Porthill, has had new double-glazed windows, a new fitted kitchen, new bathroom, new boiler, some new radiators and has been rewired from top to bottom. It has neutral coloured walls and carpet and looks as neat as a new pin. As I said, the only thing a buyer needs to do is move in.
It's a quiet road and there is a small little courtyard behind the wall and then the front door opens to a proper hallway. A lot of homes tend to be open plan but Philip says: "I like houses where there are properly defined areas''
The lounge has a nice bay window and a gas fire with tiled hearth and surround and an archway lends a degree of separation from what will presumably be the dining room overlooking the back garden.
Next to it is an attractive modern fitted kitchen which is very light. It has windows at the back and side, the base and wall units are white, the laminate floor is pale and there are white tile splashbacks behind the Indesit oven and hob – even on a dull day, it feels light and airy. It has an integrated fridge and under-stairs storage cupboard.
Moving up the first floor, there is a small single room overlooking the street outside at the front. It is big enough for a small child, or would be ideal as a study. Next to it is a big double, with an almost identically sized one behind, looking out over the back garden. These are both big doubles with plenty of room for a bed – you can get out of on both sides and have wardrobes and other furniture.
The bathroom has also been renewed and it has a white three piece suite with a shower over the bath, laminate flooring and a chromed heated towel rail.
The loft is partly boarded but Philip says it is only used for storage.
Outside, there is a pleasant little hard surface courtyard at the back with a decked patio and with it being enclosed by walls it will be quiet, private and a sun trap on a summer's day.
One further aspect is the location. Porthill has excellent access to the A50 and Newcastle and is a pleasant area with good shops and the open green spaces of Wolstanton Marsh are just a short walk away.
Philip says: "I can see this being popular with a small family or even a buy-to-let investor because it meets all the normal criteria of being in a good, quiet location, having three bedrooms, a separate dining room and a safe back garden, But there is another factor in its favour, which is that all the work has just been done. All it needs is for someone to move in.''