TWO episodes into its debut season, one aspect of Nine's much-hyped new home show Buying Blind has some viewers seeing red.

The reality show sees prospective homebuyers who've been priced out of the market handing over their life savings to a panel of experts and trusting them to do what they've been unable to: Buy them their dream home.

In last night's episode, young parents Lis and Ali had a budget of under $600,000 to find a three-bedroom home close to their childrens' school in Melbourne's Dandenong Ranges.

Shaynna Blaze (at right) shows Lis and Ali around their new home.
Shaynna Blaze (at right) shows Lis and Ali around their new home.

It was a tall order given Melbourne's median house price is $900,000, but Buyer's Agent Rich Harvey found the pair a home for just $565,000, coming in $20,000 under budget.

However, the modest home needed extensive renovations.

"Two internal walls will be removed to create a bigger living area, and sliding doors will be added, opening onto a brand-new curved deck," the voice over announced during last night's episode, detailing just some of the improvements needed.

Also on the list: A new galley-style kitchen with a spacious pantry and a revamped bathroom with new bath tub and separate shower.

Pre-reno.
Pre-reno.

 

The house got an extensive makeover, including a new back deck.
The house got an extensive makeover, including a new back deck.

The show's presenter described the work builder Marshal Keen had ahead of him as a "full demolition job."

It was not made clear in the episode whether renovations were to come from the homebuyers' budget, or whether Nine would foot the bill.

The home pre-reno …
The home pre-reno …

 

… and after.
… and after.

While the family loved their new - extensively renovated - home once it was revealed, viewers were less impressed, slamming Nine for the "completely unrealistic" budget and calling for transparency about how much the reno's had cost:

 

 

 

 

 

"Show us a budget breakdown and then maybe I'll watch again," one viewer tweeted.

We approached the Nine Network asking for information about how much the renovations to the property had cost, and whether those costs fell outside the couple's budget.

They provided us with this statement, attributed to an Endemol Shine spokesperson:

"Along with each couple's renovation budget and their own personal belongings, Buying Blind's experts used their considerable industry contacts to deliver extra value to the buyers in order to make each house a home to be enjoyed for many years to come."

Buying Blind airs 7:30pm Tuesdays on Nine.


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