Are Home Improvement Shows Realistic?

GettyImages-566018347There is a terrific article in the Washington Post on May 11th called “As seen on TV: Home makeover shows have totally upended homeowners’ expectations” that we wanted to share. 

We have always been blown away by how inexpensive the remodeling projects are on Property Brothers and Flip or Flop and Fixer Upper.  Great shows that demonstrate incredible ideas, but the economics are clearly Hollywood fantasy, and so are how the jobs seem to go perfectly every time (and also how stress-free they are for the people having the work done). 

Prices in Fixer Upper’s Waco, Texas seem to be about half what it costs to do things here in the DC area, and you can’t forget that the hosts are also acting as real estate agents for those transactions, and getting paid by the TV network, and so on.  We suspect the prices shown on most programs excludes the costs of the project managers (the role filled by the hosts’ companies), and any reasonable profit margin for the “firms” doing the work.  See if you agree with how the Post characterizes this issue.

As seen on TV: Home makeover shows have totally upended homeowners’ expectations” 

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