By Grace Donohue and Rachel Small for Dailymail.Com
21:20 23 October 2023, updated 21:24 23 October 2023
- Sarah, 32, and Josh Feldish, 35, bagged the perfect abode at auction
- By documenting their transformation, they gained over 12,000 followers on TiKTok
- The house also includes a back porch overlooking the wooded surroundings
A Missouri couple revealed how they were able to get their dream home for less than $1,000 by purchasing an abandoned property.
Sarah, 32, and Josh Feldish, 35, decided they needed to get creative when looking for a new home, knowing they wouldn’t be able to afford anything on the market.
Considering alternative options, including foreclosure and short sales, the couple attended an auction and decided to place some bids, not realizing the success they would have.
And in a stroke of good luck, the couple actually got their dream home for just $700: a three-bedroom mobile home on four acres of property near where the Missouri natives grew up.
All the while, the duo shared their journey on TikTok, amassing over 12,200 followers documenting their purchase’s transformation under the shared handle @sarahxjosh.
“We were so excited when we bought the property and realized what we got for $700,” Sarah, from Missouri, told NeedToknow.co.uk.
“We bought this property blind and honestly just wanted the land. The house was a pleasant surprise.
After settling in where they grew up, the couple was thrilled with their mobile home, which also came with a lakeside lot.
“The purchase came with four acres, plus a small shed and some items left behind by the previous owners,” Sarah continued, also highlighting the home’s “cool features,” including a “built-in stereo and original wood paneling.” .’
“Fortunately, many of the remaining items were usable and needed. Other items we are focusing on are cleaning and removing them.
Despite the very low price, the house was in “overall great condition,” needing only a deep cleaning and basic home repairs like new faucets and wallpaper.
“We spent three weekends cleaning every surface in the house,” she continued.
‘The land is in great condition. There are some deprecated items but we will work to remove them over time.
“We don’t have a budget for the land. We plan to acquire items slowly as we find them and build them into our dream property.
“Our big goal is to use and reuse found items or ones we can purchase at auctions, yard sales or estate sales.”
So far, they’ve only spent $300 on renovating the house and plan to spend another $1,000 on new paint, trim and furniture.
One major risk came with the abandoned property, which left the couple vulnerable to eviction.
During the first year, the previous owners had the right to repossess the property – but fortunately, that window opened and closed with no sign of the previous residents.
So, the house is officially Sarah and Josh’s house.
The couple has not encountered any unexpected problems and is happier than ever in their home.
“We’ve been lucky enough to have great neighbors who are supportive and appreciative of us living here again,” Sarah said.
“The warm welcome not only from the immediate neighbors but from the entire city has just reinforced that we made the right choice.
‘So far it’s been a great journey. We have wanted a property like this for many years and have fallen in love with the area again as adults.
‘we [both] We grew up in a country with parks and animals and just want to get back to that after years of living all over the United States.
“We’re envisioning cows, goats, chickens and a giant garden. We just want a place to be together, spend that time and pamper our dogs.”
The house also includes a back porch with views of the wooded surroundings.
“Every time we stand on our back porch and realize we’ve found our forever country home, we realize how precious it all is,” Sarah added.
“It takes time to research properties and find the right ones to focus on, but there are great properties that just take some effort.”
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