The couple who bought an abandoned three-bedroom house sight unseen for just $700 have revealed how they’re now transforming the property into a luxurious dream home

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By Grace Donohoe and Rachel Summer Small for

21:20 23 October 2023, updated 21:24 23 October 2023

  • Sarah, 32, and Josh Feldshe, 35, won the perfect house at an auction
  • Documenting the transformation, she has gained over 12,000 TikTok followers
  • The house also has a back verandah that overlooks the wooded surroundings

A Missouri couple revealed how they managed to land their dream home for less than a grand by purchasing an abandoned property.

Sarah, 32, and Josh Feldshe, 35, decided they needed to get creative when looking for a new home, believing they would be unable to afford anything on the market.

Looking at alternative options, including foreclosures and short sales, the couple attended an auction and decided to place a few bids, not realizing how much success they would have.

In a stroke of good fortune, the couple actually found their dream home for just $700: a three-bedroom mobile home on the four-acre property where both Missouri natives grew up.

Sarah, 32, and Josh Feldshe, 35, bought an abandoned house on a large property in their native Missouri for just $700.
The couple documented the home cleaning and renovation process on TikTok – and have since gained over 12,000 followers.
The three-bedroom house also has a back verandah. Sarah added, ‘We stand on our back porch and realize we have found our forever country home.’
The couple knew they wouldn’t be able to buy a home at market rate.

All the while, the pair shared their journey TIC TocWhere she’s documented her bargain transformation under the joint handle @sarahxjosh, amassing over 12,200 followers.

‘We were so excited when we bought the property and realized what we got for that $700,’ Sarah said. missouriTold

‘We bought this property without thinking and honestly just wanted the land. The house was a pleasant surprise.’

After settling where they both grew up, the couple were very happy with their mobile home, which also included land along the lake.

Sarah continued, ‘The purchase came with four acres of land as well as a small shed and a few items left over from the previous owners,’ while also highlighting the ‘nice features’ in the home, including ‘a built-in stereo. and original wood paneling’. ,

‘Fortunately many of the things that were saved were usable and necessary. “Other items we are focusing on cleaning and removing.”

Despite the very low price, the house was in ‘overall good condition’, needing only basic home repairs like a deep clean and new faucets and wallpaper.

She added, ‘We spent three weekends just cleaning every surface of the house.’

After acquiring the abandoned property, the couple threw themselves into fixing up the house they came up with
They have spent $300 so far renovating the house. Pictured is the hallway of their new residence
Sarah said the house contained ‘items left behind by the previous owners’.
He added that ‘fortunately many of the items that survived were usable and necessary,’ while everything else he ‘concentrated on cleaning and removing.’

‘The land is in very good condition. There are some garbage-like items around but we will work on removing them over time.

‘We don’t have the budget for land. We plan to gradually acquire the items as we find them and build it into the property we have dreamed of.

‘A big goal of ours is to use found and repurposed items or ones we can purchase at auctions, yard sales or estate sales.’

So far, they have spent only $300 on renovating the house and plan to spend an additional $1,000 on fresh paint, decor and furniture.

A bigger risk came with abandoned properties, putting the couple at risk of eviction.

During the first year, the previous owners had the right to reclaim the property – but, fortunately, that window opened and closed with no sign of the former residents.

So, the house officially belongs to Sarah and Josh.

Apart from the house, four acres of land was also included in the purchase.
The back verandah of the house offers a sweeping view of their wooded surroundings

The couple has not faced any unexpected problems and are happier than ever in their home.

‘We are very fortunate to have wonderful neighbors who support us and who appreciate that it is being rehabilitated,’ Sarah said.

‘The warm welcome not only from our immediate neighbors but from the entire city has confirmed that we have made the right choice.

‘It’s been an amazing journey so far. We had wanted a property like this for years and as adults we fell in love with the area all over again.

‘We [both] We grew up in a country with gardens and animals and after years of living all over America we wanted to go back there.

‘We envision cows, goats, chickens and a huge garden. We just want a place to be together, spend time and pamper our dogs.’

The house also has a back verandah that overlooks the wooded surroundings.

Sarah added, ‘Every time we stand on our back porch and realize we’ve found our forever rustic home, we realize how worthwhile it all was.’

‘It takes time to research properties and find the right properties to focus on, but there are great properties out there that just require a certain amount of effort.’

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