Nick Knowles discusses getting money for old video games
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Mum Donna, and dad John are avid collectors, with mountains of memorabilia piled everywhere. Their daughter Jasmine said: “I hardly go in the living room, there’s too much clutter,” with their son George laughing “If we ask our parents to clear stuff out, we’d probably be grounded.”
To get this house back to its full potential, Mr Knowles promised the family a top to toe make over as long as they tried to clear out half of their unwanted belongings.
As a way to attempt to clear some clutter, teenagers Jasmine and George have found that they can make some cash by clearing out and selling old DVD’s and WII video games.
They had some obsolete tech piled up in their games room, so Mr Knowles encouraged them to get rid of this.
He said: “Using services like musicMagpie, Ziffit, or Amazon Market Place is a quick way of clear out your old computer games and tech.
“You can simply get an instant quote by scanning the barcode.
“Every penny counts.”
Jasmine continued: “I haven’t seen most these anyway so I wouldn’t mind getting rid of them.”
George explained: “We can probably just find these [DVDs] online anyway.
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“We don’t even have a WII, why do we have this? Dad probably just got it.”
As well as Jasmine and George selling their DVD’s and games, Donna and John went to a vintage dealer to sell their unwanted collectibles.
Altogether, the family made £88 of hard cash from these items that they never used and decluttered their house in the process.
At the end of the programme, the family were completely shocked with how neat, organised and spacious their house had become thanks to the renovation, as well as some tough choices concerning which items to bin.
Before the renovation, an estate agent valued their house at £415,000.
Since the makeover happened, their house is now worth £470,000.
A jaw dropping increase of £55,000.
Every room in their house four-bedroom house was filled with a lot of memorabilia.
For example, water bottles from celebrity concerts, personalised mugs, cork screws, piles of boxes everywhere, and clothes hanging from curtain rails. The kitchen was filled with Christmas decorations, random electric bits in boxes and old cake boards.
The family have found it hard to let go of items that bring back memories as when George was born, he had a very rare skin condition that initially no doctor could diagnose.
Donna said: “We went to a specialist, and he said ‘yes so I know what it is’. Worst case scenario would be he would never walk, or never talk, the chances were he wouldn’t live. So, everything we did, I kind of kept, making as many memories as possible with George just in case.
“We went out of our to make sure if he wasn’t with us for long, he had the best life.”
After treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital, George’s condition is now well managed, however over the last 16 years the treasuring of memories snowballed, and the family held onto everything due to habit.
Thankfully, they are able to start fresh thanks to Mr Knowles and his team. They have a fully renovated house with less clutter and have learnt some tips to save money and sell their unwanted items.
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