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The images on this page show examples of council homes before and after improvement work. Upgrades to a newer home probably won’t have the same impact that they would in an older home. In a 1950s home, an original kitchen will likely make buyers think: “I guess we’ll start with a kitchen remodel!” The same isn’t necessarily true of a house that’s just a few years old, which means you’re less likely to increase a newer home’s value significantly by remodeling.

At the time, Jensen’s family was living in a 1,300-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2½-bath home they owned in San Antonio, and they were looking to buy a new house so they could convert their existing dwelling into a rental property. This is what she told the show’s producers. Once they selected their new home, a house with 2,400 square feet, four bedrooms and 2½ baths, and had been chosen to appear … Read more