If you are in the market for a home, Upperman High School has the house for you.
The three bedroom, two bath 1,500 square foot home is set for auction this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Upperman High School. Building Trades Teacher Jason Holcomb said each year his class builds a home for auction. During construction, his students learn important hands on trades for their careers.
“Construction is built on experience, which takes a lot of years,” Holcomb said. “I only get these kids for four years, but seeing the work ethic side. The person that’s motivated. The person that is interested. People do the best in what they are interested in.”
Holcomb said the money from the auction goes straight into the Upperman’s building account for next year’s project. Last year’s home sold for around $54,000. Holcomb said he hopes this year’s home sells for at least $60,000.
“I treat it like a business,” Holcomb said. “The school district has to treat it as a school account, but I am real open with the students and tell them where our business is at, and this is where we have been going for the past seven years. I have been here 15 years and the account holds it own. The kids got a good little business going.”
After purchasing, the owner is responsible for moving the home off the property. Holcomb said professional movers are available for their services at the auction. A 20 percent down pay is due the day of purchase. The balance must be paid before 30 days after purchase. There is no financing for the home.
Holcomb said construction usually takes the entire school year. During construction, Holcomb spends a portion of the time in the class room to teach theories behind construction.
Upperman contract out the carpeting, kitchen installation and dry wall work for the home.