We were fed up of the housing market so bought a shabby mobile home for £750 & have transformed it to live mortgage free

We were fed up of the housing market so bought a shabby mobile home for £750 & have transformed it to live mortgage free

Roger Pettingell Sarasota Real Estate

A COUPLE who were struggling to buy a house decided to buy a shabby, old mobile home for £750 instead.

Harriet Sutton, 26, an Operations manager and her partner, Alex, 26, a car storage owner, managed to find a mobile home on Facebook marketplace in their hometown of Reading, Berkshire.

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Harriet Sutton and her partner Alex bought this mobile home for £750Credit: Caters
The inside needed a bit of TLC - and they spent £4,000 transforming it

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The inside needed a bit of TLC – and they spent £4,000 transforming itCredit: Caters
It now looks much more stylish and worlds apart from when they got it

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It now looks much more stylish and worlds apart from when they got itCredit: Caters

The couple had been dealt a blow when the day before they were going to buy their first home, the seller backed out leaving them stranded.

After desperately searching for a home in an overpriced and extremely competitive housing market, they made the decision to buy the bargain mobile home.

The couple are now living in the caravan and have spent £4,000 transforming it into a stylish home.

Harriet said: “We originally started searching for a house in 2019, we’d found what we thought would be our first home together and then right at the last minute the seller pulled out and we were left without a place to call our own.

“We had a budget of £300k for the house and after the disappointment of losing out on a house at the last minute the search became even more tedious, we were just getting outbid every time and could find nothing in our budget.

“When we found the mobile home on Facebook marketplace we came to terms with the fact we needed somewhere to live and it would be the best option and a great adventure renovating it.

“We bought the caravan for £750 and we’ve spent around £4,000 renovating it.

“We are still looking at houses but this renovation has been such a joyful experience and we have definitely both learnt new skills.”

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“We ripped all the furniture out and the shower room, made it a one larger bedroom instead of two small ones, painted the kitchen, replaced the worktop and put in a new cooker, new shower tray, enclosure, toilet and sink and new flooring throughout and tied it all together we installed a log burner.”

With the renovation almost finished the couple have made use of Facebook Marketplace to decorate the interior and they’ve managed to switch it from being an old beat up caravan to a modern sleek looking pad.

Harriet said: “We transported the mobile home and got planning permission to base it at Alex’s family farm.

“We made use of Facebook marketplace a lot making use of up-cycling which helped us to not go way over budget.

“It’s a temporary home, I’ve looked around at prices for mobile homes and the non renovated ones are selling for almost £10,000 so it’s looking likely that we’ll make a decent amount of money off it.

“We also are considering buying some land in Cornwall and making it our own little holiday home.”

They transported the mobile home and got planning permission to base it at Alex's family farm

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They transported the mobile home and got planning permission to base it at Alex’s family farmCredit: Caters
The couple have made use of Facebook Marketplace to decorate the interior

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The couple have made use of Facebook Marketplace to decorate the interiorCredit: Caters
The couple reckon they will make some money off the home when they come to sell it

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The couple reckon they will make some money off the home when they come to sell itCredit: Caters
They ripped all the furniture out, painted the kitchen, replaced the worktop and put in a new cooker

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They ripped all the furniture out, painted the kitchen, replaced the worktop and put in a new cookerCredit: Caters
They've managed to switch it from being an old beat up caravan to a modern sleek looking pad

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They’ve managed to switch it from being an old beat up caravan to a modern sleek looking padCredit: Caters

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