Selling Houses Australia

Hoarder House Selling Houses Australia Series 5

Get all the details of the Selling Houses Australia house from episode 5 of series 5.

Roy is a hoarder. He’s filled every inch of his Ashbury home with possessions collected over the last 20 years. In fact, the house is so full, you can barely get in the door. A few years ago Roy suffered a heart attack, since then he has found it difficult to find full time work. Now Roy’s finances are so bad he must sell his Ashbury home or risk the bank taking it from him.

But who’s going to buy a house crammed from floor to ceiling with junk? The only way to sell this place is to embark on the biggest clean up the team have ever done… but who knows what they’ll find underneath.

Budget for work - $19,000

Summary of work – Inside

This is like no other house we have ever taken on – packed full from floor to ceiling. The first major task was to empty the place out. With an army of professional cleaners to help, Roy’s possessions were sorted into three piles, one to throw, one for charity and one for storage. Once the house was empty Shaynna and the team could get to work.

The first job was to fix up the holes in the walls and in the floor. Once that was done, the team ripped out the cabinets in the kitchen and laundry and replaced them with a simple white flat pack. The entire house was then painted, and all the floor coverings replaced with a neutral carpet or lino.

The hallway was very dark and dingy, so Shaynna installed a Solartube skylight, which transformed the look of the place. We didn’t have enough money to renovate the bathroom, but a good clean and some new tap-ware made it a usable room again. All the light fittings had to be replaced and we needed new blinds throughout.

Finally, the house was dressed with new furniture from Valiant to create a cute modern two-bedroom home.

Summary of work – outside

With most of the money going inside, Charlie didn’t have much to spend to get the façade looking good. His first job was to replace all the gutters, which had totally rusted out. Then he had to get rid of the awful 70’s red brick. We couldn’t afford to render, but a simple paint job in contemporary grey went a long way to modernise the place.

All the fencing around the property needed replacing – so Charlie used timber for the side boundary and a cute picket fence for the front, to match the rest of the neighbourhood. There was little money left for plants, so Charlie concentrated the plants he could afford into one group against the house to soften the look of the brickwork. The back yard was just a patch of dirt, and although he would have loved to pave the area, our budget only stretched to some new mulch to neaten the place up.

Paint Used:

Interior ceilings - Taubmans Endure Interior Ceiling “Flat White”
Interior Walls -Taubmans Endure Interior Low Sheen & Half Strength “Foam Frost”
Interior Doors & Trims - Taubmans Endure Interior Doors & Trims Satin/ Semi Gloss “Crisp White”
Exterior Walls - Taubmans Endure Exterior Low Sheen “Gunnard”
Exterior Trims - Taubmans Endure Exterior Low Sheen “Aspen Snow”


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Posted by Brendon20Report
I watched the repeat of this this morning and the. Looked at the house on google maps. Based on the rubbish tip in the front yard it appears he never sold the house. Such a shame, one can only assume the inside is back to what it was...
Posted by brenjoeReport
I wondered about that too!?
Posted by brenjoeReport
I wondered that too!!?
Posted by BarbaraReport
Did Roy sell the house for $566,000
Posted by Report
i recorded the show last night and watched it bthis morning cant believe how it was transformed into a lovely home for a under $20,000 my favorite was the kitchen u dont need alot of money to renovate love this show
Posted by Report
What an amazing & inspirational makeover. Congratulations on helping Roy - someone who helps others so much. Fantastic! You should be very proud.
Posted by Report
It was sold for 560 or so
Does anyone know when was it sold?
Posted by Report
I dont think it has been sold. I live around the corner, there is ... building up in his front yard again!
Posted by Tycoon.incReport
Please - Give me a break! With the alleged budget of $19K; is that inclusive of all the dozen-plus free trades' services and fittings thrown in???

Please don't insult your viewers' intelligence! ... I I understand the house sold for $565K.. I recon Roy's take-home would have been only a shade north of $500K "in reality"...

So deduct all the selling costs such as realtor commissions and advertising (those glossy brochures would have cost more that $1)...

And what about the real cost of the fix up without those freebees? .. I would like to see a "semi-detached" painted inside and out for less that $10K .. Then there was Roy's clean-down; removal; storage; and retrieval costs; say $5K? ... Then the cost of the hire furniture say $1.5K ... Then a design consultant and landscape gardener (if poor Roy was on his own) - maybe $5K... etc.

Viewer - you get the picture... SHA maybe entertaining tv; but is a poor cousin in the "reality tv genre.. (Even though that is an oxymoron in itself...)