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Test Run

"Original condition” is a jaded euphemism in the property world. But it’s the best way to describe the Casebrook, Christchurch property purchased by Billy Bates and business partner Tiaan Kilian as a do-up in
October last year.

The pair were looking for a place that was structurally sound where they could hone their reno skills. This would prove ideal and make the pair a tidy profit in the process.
They are both tradies (Bates a registered drainlayer and Kilian an electrician) so they had a head start on many new renovators. But there were plenty of skills that they learned on the job, and that was one of the aims of this project.

The two-bedroom, one bathroom home was owner-occupied, but hadn’t had any TLC for decades. The pair purchased it for $327,000 (a reasonable price for this area of Christchurch) and settled on October 1. It would take only five weeks to refresh and renew the dated interiors and exteriors of the home, and bring it into the 21st century.