The Block is not only a fascinating reality show that shows us how hard a total house reno can be – even when you have the help of Australia's top experts – but it's also an inspiration, sharing home and interior trends for families up and down the country to try out themselves.
It also taps into the Australian dream of owning your own home and reflects the ever rising cost of getting on to, or climbing, the property ladder, especially in cities like Sydney or Melbourne where The Block tends to be filmed.
And while the reserve price has been climbing with the property market, what about the profit being made on the properties? The show has encouraged more extravagant and luxury additions, have they also seen a return on investment?
Here we look at what each winner's place made them over the years from most to least...
Former couple Deanne and Darren Jolly have so far bagged the biggest prize money in Block history with their 2015 Triple Threat apartment makeover. The couple made a total profit of $825,000 from the auction.
The following year, Brisbane couple Will Bethune and Karlie Cicero won, with their place netting them $715,000 in profits at auction.
Dean and Shay Paine took home $655,000 in sales profit when their Blocktagon apartment was sold in late 2015. The penthouse initially was passed in at auction but sold soon after.
The Block: Fans vs Faves in 2014 was won by newbies Steve O’Donnell and Chantelle Ford who pocketed $636,000 for the sale of their Albert Park apartment.
In 2019, newlyweds Tess and Lucke Struber's Oslo apartment in St Kilda net them $630,000 in profit.
The Block 2018 'villans' Hayden and Sara Vale got the last laugh when their Gatwick apartment raked in the most profit at $545,000.
Brad and Lara Cranfield's transformation of a run-down terrace house in South Melbourne saw them win with an auction profit of $506,000.
Model Elyse Knowles and carpenter Josh Barker pocketed $447,000 after their luxury Elsternwick property sold at auction to TV presenter and comedian Dave Hughes.
Brothers Shannon and Simon Vos pocketed $335,000 in profits in 2014 when they transformed a former office space into an apartment in The Block: Glasshouse.
Twins Alisa and Lysandra won the 2013 season of the show making a total profit of $295,000 in 2013, but have made $1.01 million in The Block prize money to date, having also appeared The Block: Fans v Faves in 2014 — making them financially the most successful Blockheads ever.
Phil Rankine and Amity Dry won the 2013 Allstars, making $395,000 total profit following the auction of their property.
In the show's 2010 return, winners John and Neisha Pitt took home a profit of $205,000 after the sales of their apartment in Sydney's Eastern suburbs.
The winners of The Block's first-ever series back in 2003 were Adam Thorn and Fiona Mills. The show was based in Bondi, and their home made a profit of $156,000.
The second season of the show in 2004 featured another rundown beachside Sydney apartment block in Manly this time and Andrew and Jamie Rochford won making a profit of $78,000 at auction.
In the first season filmed in Melbourne in 2011, Polly and Warwick 'Waz' Jones won securing a small profit of $115,000. Although that seems low, three of the renovated workers' cottages failed to sell at all!
Last year, Queensland couple Jimmy and Tam seemed to have broken all Block records earning an incredible profit of $966,000 on their house. However, they were stunned to learn that the buyer, Emese Fajk, didn't pay the deposit, and was unable to come up with the $4.2 million she had bid for the home. So, unfortunately, their profit was left at $0 and the home had to be returned to the market.
Let's see how well this year's teams do...
The Block: Fans V Faves, Sunday 7pm and Monday – Wednesday 7.30pm on Nine.
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