The Block Australia has come to a close for 2023, but the highly anticipated season 20 is already under threat before filming has even begun.
After childhood sweethearts Steph and Gian Ottavio landed a record-breaking win and took home $1.75million profit, they revealed their secret to success.
Now, the genius tactic they employed threatens to derail the 2024 season of the Channel Nine series, as future contestants may attempt to follow in their footsteps.
Speaking with Daily Mail Australia on Monday, Steph and Gian revealed their foolproof strategy to win the renovation show.
‘When we got the call that we were on The Block in February, the first thing we did, I think three days later, we called Tom Panos our auctioneer,’ they said.
They continued: ‘He was the first person we called and engaged, and people probably wouldn’t think that.’
Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Channel Nine about the strategy.
Steph and Gian went on to say ‘it was a no brainer’ to secure the same auctioneer which helped Omar Slaimankhel and Ozman ‘Oz’ Abu Malik land the win last year.
The western Sydney mates landed a shocking $1.6million in profits when they sold their Gisborne home during season 18 of the Block in 2022.
This year, Steph and Gian smashed the record win by selling their house on Charming St for $1.65million over reserve, receiving an extra $100,000 for their win.
But the architect and accountant’s strategy didn’t end there, as they took things a step further by remaining in Melbourne for another three months after filming.
After renovations ceased and host Scott Cam called ‘tools down’ for the final time, most teams flew back home to watch the Block on television.
Meanwhile, Steph and Gian moved back down to Melbourne and away from their family for another three months so they could network and meet every potential buyer face-to-face.
Ultimately, all their hard work paid off as they managed to sell their home to Adrian ‘Mr Lambo’ Portelli, who knocked out serial Block bidder Danny Wallis, for $5million.