Savvy couple transform their home adding 70,000 in value using YouTube videos


A SAVVY Sunderland couple is “over the moon” after a DIY transformation boosted the value of their house by 50%.

Rebecca Ridley, 25, and David Mcdonald, 30, slashed costs by using DIY YouTube videos to carry out the refurb themselves, the Mirror reports.

Rebecca Ridley, 25, and David Mcdonald, 30 refurbed their home, increasing its value by 70,000

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Rebecca Ridley, 25, and David Mcdonald, 30 refurbed their home, increasing its value by 70,000Credit: NNP
Even the front of the house was transformed, adding much needed kerb appeal

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Even the front of the house was transformed, adding much needed kerb appeal

When they bought their 1950s three-bedroomed house two years ago it cost just 140,000, but the most recent valuation says it is now worth 210,000.

That’s an increase of 70,000 or 50% of the original price – a significant boost thanks to all the DIY.

The couple worked extremely hard to modernise the house, building an extension, fitting new flooring and redecorating.

They estimate that carrying out all the work themselves saved 20,000 on the extension alone.

Lab technician Rebeccatold the Mirror: “Dave owns a business fitting windows so he’s handsy and can build conservatories.

“A lot of our work was thanks to DIY YouTube videos, they taught us everything we know. We fit our own flooring, built the extension and painted and decorated our house.”

One project was to update the decor, which was old fashioned, featuring wood panelling, floral walls and carpeting in the bathrooms.

There was also red carpet on the stairways, and Rebecca says the kitchen tiling was very dated.

Before and after photographs show that the house now looks completely new, including changes to the front to give it more kerb appeal.

The window framing has changed, the garage is painted, there are new carpets, and the kitchen and bedrooms have been given a new lease of life.

Rebecca says that while Dave was responsible for all the technical handwork, she was behind the vision.

She’s added splashes of colour including blue in the bathrooms, and the home is now in keeping with their personal style.

There’s even a bar in the garden, ideal for kicking back and treating themselves for all their hard work.

Refurbs can be stressful, but Rebecca says that working on the project has actually made the couple closer.

She told the Mirror: “We moved in the weekend of lockdown. We’ve got through stress and turmoil and it’s made us stronger. It gives you memories and makes the house feel loved and lived in

“We got the home revalued and it’s now at 210,000 we were over the moon.”

The original decor was dated, but they have stripped everything out and decorated to their own tastes

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The original decor was dated, but they have stripped everything out and decorated to their own tastesCredit: NNP
The couple removed the bathroom carpet and modernised the fixtures

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The couple removed the bathroom carpet and modernised the fixtures
The kitchen has been completely transformed with splashes of colour

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The kitchen has been completely transformed with splashes of colour
The couple stripped the wallpaper and painted themselves

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The couple stripped the wallpaper and painted themselves

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