HOMES Under The Hammer host Martin Roberts has revealed one of the worst houses he ever dealt with was “covered in faeces”.
TV presenter Martin, 57, said the derelict home’s previous owners had been living in “squalor” and allowing their animals to poo all over the floor.
Martin Roberts said that he has had to face some pretty ‘rank’ properties[/caption]
Detailing the highs and lows of his telly career, which has spanned 18 years on Homes Under The Hammer alone, the star looked back on some of the moments that stuck in his mind.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, he revealed that while he loved the job, it could be “the worst” in lots of ways, especially looking at “derelict properties”.
“Natural dereliction – that’s just part of the course and I can see through that. So, things falling apart,” Martin began to explain.
“But it’s when somebody has obviously been living in fairly squalid conditions and has left relatively recently, then it becomes quite difficult.
“Properties where, I remember once were people had obviously had animals inside and not let them out, so you can imagine the state of the house was awful.
“All the urine and the faeces was on the floorboards and it’s spread under the floorboards and the house just was rank.”
He went on to detail how the new owners tried everything they could to save money and not replace the floorboards, but “the smell” was stuck within the wood.
“They thought they could get away with it,with lots and lots of bleach, they ended up replacing all the floorboards, because there was no way to get rid of that smell,” the property expert added.
Martin detailed how the floorboards had a terrible smell[/caption]
Martin added that the show can be difficult for other reasons, including going to properties that were seized by force.
“The emotional side of ones, it’s always really hard when you go to properties which have obviously been left under duress,” he said.
“Children’s toys, things like that and that’s gets the emotional side of things and your heart goes out to whoever lived there previously and probably left under less than ideal circumstances.
“There’s nothing we can do about at that when we get there. But it’s still really hard. You just have to hope those people have moved on to a better place.”
Martin said the job could be difficult at times[/caption]
Martin concluded by explaining that despite the challenges, the best part of his job is when he is able to help people “through difficult times.”
Noting his “privileged position” on the telly, he admitted he tries to remain “authentic” in order to relate personally with guests and viewers.
Recently, Martin opened up about a time he was left “in tears” by a guest whose terminally ill mother called him an “inspiration”.
He said the best part of the job is meeting the people behind the homes.
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The former I’m a Celebrity contestant said he liked learning about the landlords’ lives as he told the Express: “The nicest thing for me is when I get people telling me that I’ve helped them through difficult times.”
Martin has a YouTube channel – Martin Roberts’ Property Titbits – that he manages when he’s taking time off from the hit BBC show.
The star details useful information for those looking to get involved in property and renovating – and answers fan questions.
Homes Under the Hammer airs weekdays at 10am on BBC One.