By Jess Grieveson-Smith
A savvy divorcee has earned £85,000 in profits after renovating two homes in a bid to ‘keep herself busy’ during a stressful time.
Adele Bradley, 39, from Leeds, only began renovating her first property last January and decided to document her journey online.
Adele, a full time business consultant, has now completed not one but two FULL house renovations and has amassed over 30K followers online who are watching out for her latest designs.
She now thanks her divorce for giving her the opportunity to redesign properties – something she previously felt she was unable to do due to living in a new build.
Adele said: “When me and my ex-partner had to sell our new build, I knew the opportunity had arrived for me to do what I wanted.
“It had taken six long months to sort everything out, and I knew I needed to focus my energy elsewhere and not be sat around.
“My 10 year relationship had broken down, and so by January 2018, I was in my first project house, a three-bed semi in Rothwell, Leeds.
“I’d been able to put down a deposit of £36,000 for the £136,000 property, and by the time I turned it around, it was worth £180,000.
“I’d spent about £20,000 so walked away with a profit of £24,000 and by then I was still itching to do more.
“My divorce had helped me see that I needed to be true to myself, and whilst we were still friends and he was supportive, I needed to be fearless and brave.”
Adele bought her second project home in September 2018, and has already got it on the market for £285,000 – buying it for only £183,000.
Adele added: “This one I spent a little bit more on, around £42,000.
“Yet with the valuation, I’ll be making a property of over £60,000.
“It’s been 12 months of solid graft but I like to keep busy, I’ve found something I love.
“My favourite part is where there is no kitchen, no bathroom, and you’re living out of one room.
“Everything’s chaos but carnage is the best.
“It’s an adventure and I can see progress.
“I’ve had some tradesmen talk down to me, but now that I’m about to hit my third house, I’m getting more and more empowered.
“I’ve had flooring delivered in the dark, where the delivery driver has refused to move it any further down the drive.
“So I’ve spent the night, in the soaking rain, dragging them one at a time into my garage.
“I’m now looking for my third project, but the right one hasn’t jumped out yet.
“I love it when I walk in and it looks like the 1970’S era has thrown up in it – I can visualise how I’m going to change.
“It all seems to fall into place, like a jigsaw.”
Adele is now looking into branching out into extensions and planning permissions and claims to see each new challenge as an education.
Adele added: “I feel like I work best when I’m juggling lots of different things.
“I love the pressure of working a full time in a job I love, then coming home to continue a renovation, making sure to keep in contact with everyone.
“I can’t wait to get my teeth into something new.”