Imagine crossing the wholesome home renovation show “Fixer Upper” with the dark, true-crime documentary series “Making a Murderer.” Actually, you don’t need to imagine the result: Just tune in to “Murder House Flip,” a new show devoted to renovating homes where murders and other famous crimes have occurred.
The show will feature forensic specialists, spiritual healers, and remodelers tasked with uncovering long-buried secrets and cleansing these residences of their gruesome past, according to Deadline.
The morbid twist on home renovation shows will air on Quibi, a $5-a-month streaming service that is set to debut in April, according to Variety. All of the movies and shows on Quibi, which targets millennials, will be designed to play on mobile devices.
“’Murder House Flip’ combines home renovations with the intriguing elements of a true-crime series,” said Josh Berman, a producer on the fictional crime shows “CSI” and “Bones,” in a statement reported by Deadline.
The show, he added, will be “bringing healing and solace to families living in the aftermath of tragic events by transforming dark places into healthy spaces.”
Overhauling these properties will be a positive step, says real estate appraiser Orell Anderson of Strategic Property Analytics. He’s worked on the Nicole Brown Simpson and JonBenét Ramsey homes as well as the site of the Heaven’s Gate mass suicide.
Typically, homes where gruesome crimes have occurred sell at a 10% to 15% discount, he says. And the more media attention the property receives, the bigger the price cut.
But the more these homes are altered, the better it is for their real estate value and the community experiencing trauma. He recommends changing the address, if possible, as well as redoing the exterior of the house and landscaping so it’s not recognizable as the scene of a famous crime. It also helps if the room where someone was killed is repurposed or redone.
“By making a variety of changes, you can stabilize the value and diminish the discount,” says Anderson. “You can really minimize [the damage], unless it’s so heinous.”