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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is officially coming to Kern, choosing family soon

Posted at 11:03 PM, Aug 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-13 02:03:47-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Kern County is one step closer to being a part of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and they need the community's help to bring it all together.

John Balfanz Homes, the builders for the project, is leading the way in helping a local family 'move that bus'.

“When you bless somebody you feel blessed as well,” said Greg Balfanz, CEO John Balfanz Homes.

Balfanz’s office on Monday was filled with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Balfanz employees, planing for the remodel.

"Everything that we would do to build a house that would normally take six months we are doing in five days," Balfanz said. "It's going to be a tremendous group effort."

23ABC is told that the show will now air on HGTV with some new twists.

"With HGTV the new plan is to be more focused on the design and the building process," said Milan Vasic, producer for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. "With HGTV, people watch it and walk away with a new trick you can try with your own home."

The hit reality show wants to remind the community that this project is based solely off of 99% percent donations and volunteer support. That is why they are encouraging the community to attend a pep rally on Monday night at 7 p.m. at the Fox Theater.

"The community needs to come together to help a neighbor and its not unusual to see over a thousand more volunteers to come to the job site," said Vasic.

23ABC is told the show has narrowed down a few finalists, but the family chosen will not be revealed until the famous door knock.

The ten episodes will be hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson from ABC's Modern Family. The air date for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has not been announced yet, but it is expected to air in the earlier part of 2020.

If you would like to sign up and volunteer follow this link.