A rat infested home in Cheshire has been transformed into “a palace” after mountains of rubbish were moved out of the rooms, corridors and halls of the previously unloved building.
A hoarder allowed their home to fall in to disrepair after letting a huge build up of rubbish to accumulate in the home – attracting vermin.
Grime and grease coated every surface of the property in Runcorn, in the Borough of Halton, Cheshire, which was eventually bought by neighbours Stephen and Colette Dowd after they were left so repulsed by the state the property had fallen in to.
The Liverpool ECHO was granted access to the building as a team of professional cleaners and builders set to work clearing out all the junk left in the home before transforming it in to a much more liveable environment.
The publication reports: “thick grime visible on the walls, fridges and windows and it was difficult to locate the toilet because of the build up of items.”
While “decade-old magazines” and other items including “toasters, kettles and other electrical appliances” were strewn around the property.
And, perhaps most horrifying of all: “a dead rat was also visible on top of the discarded fireplace, as many of the belongings bore shredding marks from where the animals had made their way through.”
Images from inside the home – which Liverpool ECHO reporters had been banned from entering due to health and safety concerns – showed the extent of the filth that was in the house.
Bin bags, empty bottles, and discarded booked were strewn across the entire property making it impossible to see even a tiny corner of the floor.
While shabby curtains blocked out sunlight, with drab and depressed looking furniture was also semi-buried underneath all the rubbish left in the home.
Mr and Mrs Dowd explained they had seen running around in the garden and they had to tell their grandchildren not to play outside.
And while they eventually bought the building to give it the transformation it desperately needed, the admitted they had “no idea” of the task they had set themselves.
Mr Dowd said: “We didn’t know the extent of it, there was no way of knowing they were living like that. We just kept saying there’s something not right here.”
But after dedicated work, the place was brought up to a sparkling condition – with the walls painted pristine white, bright lighting introduced and a new kitchen installed.
George Mensah, from Merseyside House Clearing, said the building is now: “an absolute palace”.
The couple bought the house last August and have now completed their renovations where they added new doors, new skirting boards, a new bathroom with a new en suite.
The pair also added new radiators, new fridge and freezers, and filled 40 skips with all the rubbish that they cleared from the property.