I have a number of clients who are interested in purchasing distressed properties to rehab HGTV style. This is a project in Baltimore we took on a year ago that actually just got put on the market that should put some of what this involves into perspective.
It details everything from the beginning where the property was falling apart, removal of 6 tons of stuff inside the house, construction and the eventual finish.
It took two of us and a grandfather two months to demo the property (we did it ourselves part time) and another two and a half to build (which much was subbed out).
My home renovation thread