When Euroa’s Krissy Thomson found out she and her family would appear on television, it was a complete surprise.
Her husband Tyson Thomson had sneakily signed the pair up for an episode of Selling Houses Australia.
The program, which airs on Foxtel’s Lifestyle Channel, sees host Andrew Winter, landscape designer Charlie Albone and interior designer Shaynna Blaze descend on a property to help the owners bring it up to scratch for sale.
Mrs Thomson said the Euroa property had been on the market for some time when her husband decided to sign up for the show unbeknown to her.
‘‘He called one day and said, ‘can you get the house and the kids ready because we’ve got a Skype interview’,’’ she said.
It was then that Mrs Thomson discovered they had started the selection process to appear on the show, eventually whittled down from 200 applicants to join 11 other home owners for the 12th season of the show.
‘‘We were super excited as we have watched this show since it first aired and it is a favourite of ours and I didn’t believe it would be happening to us and our little family,’’ she said.
Filming started in September with the crew spending about two weeks with the family.
‘‘The actual renovation itself was done over three days, which is pretty amazing,’’ Mrs Thomson said.
At one stage the home was filled with somewhere between 40 and 50 tradesmen as well as local volunteers who had offered to lend a hand.
The Thomson family, including children Bailey and Olivia, was incredibly eager to meet the show’s A-team.
Mrs Thomson said Mr Winter paid a special visit to the home simply to catch up for a coffee during his spare time.
‘‘He was so nice and he met the family and showed us photos of his family as well,’’ Mrs Thomson said.
She said Bailey, 11, was particularly excited when he answered the door to Mr Winter.
‘‘He’s not often lost for words and he was pretty quiet,’’ she said.
Tonight’s episode will be the first time the family will see the final result.
‘‘We’re still in contact with the people from the show and the producers and they said it looks really great,’’ Mrs Thomson said.
She said it was not only a great opportunity for the family but also for Euroa, which the show’s crew fell in love with.
‘‘They loved our beautiful town Euroa just as much as we do which was great and tourism normally sees a spike in the area after these shows air,’’ Mrs Thomson said.
The episode of Selling Houses Australia will air on Foxtel on the Lifestyle Channel tonight from 8.30pm. There will also be several repeats on the Lifestyle Channel in the coming days.