Six teams from around the country are taking on a big challenge – to buy, renovate and rehome as many houses as possible in new Channel 4 property show, George Clarke’s Flipping Fast. Whoever makes the most profit, will keep £100,000, in the series, which is hosted by George Clarke himself, read more about him here, and Scarlette and Stuart Douglas.
The first episode, which aired on Wednesday (May 25) sees married couple Gordon and Pamela fall considerably short of winning the first round of the competition as the profit made on the property is drastically smaller than needed.
Gordon and Pamela are working together on their first property whilst living in their caravan. The pair, who are from Norfolk, decided to buy a house that they have never seen in person – 200 miles from their home. The house is in a village called Fishburn, near Stockton on Tees, where prices have dropped by 11% in the last year. The couple paid £52,500 on the house and plan to spend £6000 on renovating it.
Upon seeing the house for the first time, Gordon said: “That looks like a lovely little village.” According to host George Clarke, the couple broke the “cardinal rules of developing” – not researching the area, not viewing the house and failing to get a survey for the house.
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“We’ve got our work cut out here,” Gordon sighed, as he views the kitchen of the house. Desperate to take on as much of the work they can by themselves, he and Pamela plan to “gut the place” first and are optimistic about working on the property.
After a week of hard work, Pamela baffles George by telling him that the couple have already bought a second place to work on, priced at £32,000 and hence, their budget is “tight”. But will their fast second purchase pay off?
The answer? No. Later in the episode, it is revealed that the couple have to pull out of their second property due to “structural problems”. Meanwhile, worried about their “tight budget”, the couple weigh up whether to get a second-hand kitchen in their Fishburn property for a quarter of the price of a new one of £1000. Gordon simply said: “£1000 could make the difference between winning the competition.”
As work continues, Pamela tells viewers that one of their biggest problems is “getting tradespeople” to come and work on the property. Despite doing everything themselves, they require professionals to finish off the plumbing and electrical work. Regretful that they chose a property further afield, Pamela said: “If we were closer to home, it wouldn’t be a problem.” Despite this, she is “not prepared to end up with nothing” after giving her all to the project.
At the end of the project, the couple’s work is revealed and it has appears to have payed off. Where once stood, an old-fashioned property with problems aplenty, now stands a bright and modern home. Despite this, unfortunately for the couple, it was not enough and with a sale of £70,250, they only made £1,280.
Following their loss, Gordon said: “It’s been one setback. We’re hoping to get our second property back on-the-go and hopefully, get back in the competition.”
Commiserations to Gordon and Pamela but hopefully for them, they are successful in the next stage of the competition. George Clarke’s Flipping Fast continues next Wednesday on Channel 4.