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Unemployed Man Buys This Decrepit Home, Transforms It In Just 60 Days

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They say that every cloud has a silver lining, but it looks like this house flipper's storm cloud was full of gold.

Imgur user maytherman2 recently shared the unlikely journey that led him to become a house flipper, and the before and after photos of his first project prove that he has a talent for his new job.

The flippers had never seen the house when they bought it at auction.Maytherman2 / Imgur

The amateur flipper says he was working in the tech business until he was laid off early this year. To make ends meet, he started painting houses for a friend's company. Eventually, the pair realized they could make more money by flipping homes in Seattle's crazy housing market than by painting them.

But the pair quickly got in over their heads:

Notice the water damage underneath the floor.Maytherman2 / Imgur

“We partnered up, set up an LLC, emptied our bank accounts, I maxed my credit cards, got a loan from my parents and we bought this house at auction sight unseen (don't buy something sight unseen, as if that isn't already obvious),” he wrote.

The home they bought had been abandoned for months, and was a favorite spot for local squatters and drug users. But in just 60 days these two turned it into a genuine dream home...

One of the worst areas in the home was the kitchen, which had been torn apart by squatters, exposing water damaged wood, mold, and rodents living in the floors.

Even more water damage in the living room.Maytherman2 / Imgur

But there were a handful of nice surprises on the property as well. Yes, all of the rooms were cluttered with children's toys, but there was also original hardwood hiding underneath the carpets. The flippers even found a chicken coop hidden behind some bushes in the backyard.

Original hardwood hidden under the messy carpet.Maytherman2 / Imgur
A chicken coop lost behind some bushes.Maytherman2 / Imgur
A look at the debris the renovation left.Maytherman2 / Imgur
Just some of the yard waste from the project.Maytherman2 / Imgur

After filling up three bins with trash and old building materials, the men spent the better part of two months renovating the house from top to bottom. The fruit of their efforts is a stylish home that I would gladly move into right now.

After just five days on the market the renovated house was bought - no surprise there - and maytherman2 is already on the lookout for his next house. Hopefully he'll share more awesome photos of his next project!

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[H/T: Imgur]