New HGTV Series Seeks an Answer to the Question: 'I Bought a Dump...Now What?'

Among the buzziest show concepts coming to HGTV in 2022 is a new series with one lengthy but intriguing tease of a title. I Bought a Dump ... Now What? is a four-part docuseries that follows the unvarnished journey of families tackling their own home renovations. The series premieres Saturday, April 30, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV.

April 05, 2022

Brandon and Lesleigh Vann Waugh, seen here on the front porch of their historic home in Birmingham, AL, are two of the real homebuyer/homeowners featured in HGTV's limited series, I Bought a Dump ... Now What?

Brandon and Lesleigh Vann Waugh, seen here on the front porch of their historic home in Birmingham, AL, are two of the real homebuyer/homeowners featured in HGTV's limited series, I Bought a Dump ... Now What?

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Let's face it. Purchasing and restoring a vintage or dilapidated fixer-upper is a frightening concept for some people. For others it's a dream vision and a compelling, almost irresistible challenge. But for those who have taken the plunge on a home-rescue of their own can attest (even those in the latter category), the reality of a renovation rarely, if ever, goes as expected.

And lest you're one of those armchair critics who feels that home and lifestyle TV tends to paint too rosy a picture of home improvement — making things look too easy and breezy — here's a heads-up on a new HGTV show for you. For a glimpse of what to expect, look no further than the title.

I Bought A Dump ... Now What? follows homeowners who have purchased dilapidated properties with high hopes of renovating them into their forever home. By trying to tackle the overhauls themselves to save money, these urban pioneers may well end up behind schedule, over budget and exhausted. And for young couples or families taking this leap together for the first time, the process can put various aspects of their relationship under the stress test.

Here's HGTV's official show description: Three duos put their relationships to the test as they invest everything to renovate the most-dilapidated homes they can find. Brave but naive, these pairs struggle to make difficult decisions, stay on budget and stay together.

The premiere episode introduces three families as they begin their risky renovations. Featured homeowners include a couple who spent their life savings to buy an abandoned 1860s farmhouse in Richmond, Michigan; a father/daughter team in Detroit who need to finish a fixer-upper in just 90 days; and a young couple in Birmingham, Alabama, who face expensive setbacks as they renovate a century-old home.

Father-and-daughter duo Kristyn and Pancho Patterson outside their Detroit home renovation project.

Photo by: Marta Xochilt Perez

Marta Xochilt Perez

Father-and-daughter duo Kristyn and Pancho Patterson outside their Detroit home renovation project.

During the series, cameras track the progress of each renovation and, in the end, reveal whether the owners can complete the work or are left out in the cold. Along the way it delves into the stresses, as well as the rewards, impacting the lives of the real people involved in such an ambitious undertaking.

This is a show likely to have special appeal for fans of HGTV series like Good Bones and Windy City Rehab. Where established HG shows like those feature dedicated pros like Mina Starsiak-Hawk and Alison Victoria facing, and struggling with, the daunting challenges of restoring and flipping historic (and sometimes tragically run-down) properties, this new limited series follows the tribulations of the actual home-owners — themselves home-improvement novices — trying to navigate those same potentially treacherous waters.

Sean Kilgore (left) and Sam Sutton outside of their newly renovated 150-year-old farmhouse in rural Michigan.

Photo by: Marta Xochilt Perez

Marta Xochilt Perez

Sean Kilgore (left) and Sam Sutton outside of their newly renovated 150-year-old farmhouse in rural Michigan.

It's part of a new crop of HGTV shows with exciting and inspirational twists on home renovation, real estate and design. And if you like your lifestyle TV with a healthy dose of hard-nosed reality, you'll want to check this one out. And prepare to expect the unexpected.

I Bought a Dump ... Now What? premieres on HGTV on April 30, 2022 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and will be available for streaming on Discovery+. The series is produced by Crazy Legs Productions.


DIGITAL/SOCIAL: Fans are invited to learn more about I Bought a Dump… Now What? on HGTV’s digital platforms. Visit HGTV.com for additional show content and follow #IBoughtADump and @HGTV on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok for additional show updates.

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