HGTV's 'Who's Afraid of a Cheap Old House?' Premieres Tonight

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HGTV isn't afraid to turn a viral Instagram account into a hit show. Fresh off the premiere of Zillow Gone Wild, the network is launching another new, Instagram-inspired series. Who’s Afraid of a Cheap Old House? follows the creators behind Cheap Old Houses, Elizabeth and Ethan Finkelstein, as they help eager buyers find a charming, historic home for under $150,000, then work to restore it. The before-and-after transformations honor each home's storied past and character while infusing the historic spaces with contemporary updates. Below, dive into everything we know about the new series—from the expert team members involved to when new episodes will air.


What Is Who’s Afraid of a Cheap Old House? About?

The new series is inspired by the Instagram account Cheap Old Houses, which spotlights low-priced listings for old homes across the United States and internationally in places such as France, Spain, and Norway. Historic preservationist Elizabeth Finkelstein and historic build expert Ethan Finkelstein run the account—which boasts 2.8 million followers —and star in the new series. Fans may recall that the husband-and-wife duo starred in HGTV’s Cheap Old Houses series circa 2021, which had a 10-episode run. The new series is an upgraded version of the original. In it, the Finkelsteins guide buyers through purchasing a historic gem with potential and get involved in restoring the home they select.

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"Saving these houses isn't for the faint of heart, but it's worth it," Elizabeth said in a press release. "Our cheap old house movement caught fire on social media. Now, we're taking buyers house hunting so they can buy and restore a cheap old house of their own."

From a traditional Tudor home to a former church, every property featured in the series has desirable characteristics that make them worth saving, such as antique fireplaces, original wood flooring, and vintage appliances. After the Finkelsteins help buyers secure their dream home, they team up with interior designer and Hinterland founding member Jennifer Salvemini and architectural designer Scott Reed to revive the properties.

What Can You Expect to See in the Premiere?

In the eight-episode season premiere, the Finkelsteins travel to Whitehall, New York, to meet partners and scenic artists Bill and Joe, who own a centuries-old home but want to find a new historic residence to revive. Their options are an Italianate-style, former frat meeting hall with arched windows and exposed brick, and a firehouse with metal tin ceilings and walls. Both properties were built in the 1800s.

How Can You Watch the Series?

The series premieres on May 14 at 10 p.m. ET on HGTV. New episodes will move to 7 p.m. ET starting May 21 and continue to air weekly on Tuesdays. Bonus: Fans can watch (or rewatch!) the original Cheap Old Houses series on discovery+.

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