Buying a house is a big deal – and buyers are warned that there’s a lot of necessary checks to ensure your investment is sound.
But while many are suspicious that their estate agent might hold back some grim details to secure a sale, one recent listing has gone viral for its refreshing honesty.
This three-bedroom terraced home is on the market for £49,995 – but it needs a lot of handiwork.
It appears that cannabis-growing equipment may have sparked a fire, with severe smoke damage in several rooms while the bathtub appears to have melted.
Bizarrely, pots containing the plants are piled up in several rooms, with wires trailing across the roof that would once have fed the growing lamps.
The Rightmove listing still shows hydroponic equipment scattered through the three-bedroom house.
Windows have been boarded up with parts of some rooms boarded off and taped at the edges.
And estate agents Protheroe Property obviously had a sense of humour as a hilarious video they have made to accompany the sale accepts that the pad is “not for the faint-hearted.”
Agent Adam Protheroe made a Facebook reel explaining that the seller had “very kindly” got him a property to sell, adding: “She failed to tell me it’d been burnt out, but we’ll come onto that.”
He explained: “It’s quite a deceiving house actually, it’s got three bedrooms plus an occasional room and accommodation over four floors.
“As mentioned it’s been fire-damaged so it needs full refurbishment. Cash buyers only.”
The video continues with Adam gingerly stepping amongst the cannabis farm wreckage.
The lounge of the house in Sutcliffe Street, Halifax, West Yorks, contains a washing machine, junk and a wooden door left lying on its side.
“It’s suffered significant damages, is probably the best way to put it,” Adam says cheerfully.
“Everything can be fixed of course. It will probably become apparent what’s happened here as we go round.”
He added: “The property has been fire damaged. Certain areas look worse than others. Don’t wear any white jeans when you come to view this property. And don’t wear a suit.
“I’ve been in some properties that need work, this is up there with some of the worst ones, but again we like a challenge at Protheroe Property.
“And for every house, there is a buyer.”
As he continues his tour of the house’s three bedrooms he has to step over wires and other cannabis-related debris, calling it an “unusual situation.”
One of the top-floor bedrooms still has cannabis plants wilting in their pots.
In the video, Adam says he isn’t allowed to say too much about what occurred at the house.
“It will definitely sell, we’ll get it sold,” he adds laughing.
The listing went viral on social media, with people left in stitches at the estate agents description.
One person joked: “Well this is definitely a thing. I wonder if the gardening supplies come with the house…”
Another said: “This might be the wildest thing I’ve ever seen on Rightmove.”
One quipped: “It’s like the estate agent didn’t bother taking their own photos and just took the images straight from the police photographer.”
Other praised the estate agents cheery efforts, as they said: “The video tour is killing me.”