Rebecca knew that her property was going to be on the hit BBC show Homes Under the Hammer because when she looked at viewing it, it was one of the main selling points the estate agent was keen to push.
She was incredibly interested in seeing what it looked like before; had there been a massive overhaul; was the wallpaper outdated and the carpets floral?
On the morning of September 10, she watched presenter Dion Dublin stroll up to her new street in Wallasey, Wirral, and open up her front door.
Liverpool Echo reports that apart from a lick of paint and new flooring, it looked exactly the same – except the serving hatch had disappeared.
Rebecca states that the 70s style serving hatch from the living area through the kitchen had been filled in.
She watched Dion kick a football through it thinking how much her kids would have loved her popping her head through that hatch with a snack in hand.
Or how she wouldn’t have to shout them for dinner – just open the tiny doors of the window in the wall and lovingly tell them supper was served, instead of her daily “YOUR DINNER’S READY”.
(Don’t pretend you don’t do it – if your mum hasn’t called you at least 10 times for your tea, is she even your mum?)
But it was gone, with no trace of the sociable porthole into the rest of the house.
Even Dion said it was “pretty cool”, but from the outset, Rebecca’s landlord Andreas Wagner had told BBC viewers he was going to get rid.
Andreas bought the house after it failed to actually sell under the hammer – it didn’t meet its guide price of £85,000 at auction in April of this year.
The London-based interpreter to football managers like Klopp managed to haggle it down to £81,000.
He told Dion on the show he only intended to spend £12,000 and three weeks doing it up – but ended up going over budget by £4,500 due to a rotten kitchen ceiling.
The bathroom had, thankfully, had a significant update, but some of Dion’s suggestions of ripping out the kitchen and making a breakfast bar, or relocating the boiler out of the smallest bedroom hadn’t been possible on the landlord’s budget.
Nick Burnard from One Stop Property Shop estate agent said in July he could see it being rented out for £600 per calendar month – when Rebecca heard that she thought he must not have been looking at the same rental market as her.
She wrote about the difficulties renting during a property boom and rent inflation is one of them, so she was not surprised in the slightest when Andreas said: “I put it on the market for £675pcm and I had 30 to 40 enquires on day one and then I had three viewings and all three offered the asking price.”
Rebecca reports it was kind of exciting to see her house on TV and she enjoyed hearing the problems Andreas had to overcome to get the house ready for a family.
But while Rebecca pays £675 a month, she will be thinking of what could have been as she stares at the hatchless wall.
*Homes Under the Hammer is on BBC One weekdays from 11.15am and available on BBC iPlayer.
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