HGTV is the second most watched channel on the weekends, and experienced 8% growth in 2013 when compared to the prior year. There are definite benefits to the home remodeling themed reality shows. They can showcase the latest trends and technologies in kitchen remodeling projects, provide great design ideas for bathroom remodeling, and offer a dramatic contrast of before and after home remodeling that help homeowners see what an improvement can be made by investing in one’s home by remodeling.
What are the distortions?
We got a call from a woman who wanted a kitchen remodeling makeover for $2000. She said, “I just saw a whole kitchen remodeling project done for $2000, so I know you can do it.” We tried to bring her into reality by saying she could possibly get new flooring or some new appliances in her kitchen for that budget. She said she was going to find someone to do what she saw on TV, and we wished her good luck.
TV shows exist if they create a following, and they do so by developing a niche, such as getting an extravagant look for an extreme low price. Behind the scenes negotiations are made to obtain labor and materials for little to no cost in trade for the marketing exposure. They look like real heroes being able to deliver a low cost dramatic result. That kind of pricing is not available to real remodeling projects, and neither are the timelines they do as a part of producing a home remodeling show.
Remodeling Magazine does a national survey each year to determine the average cost to remodel. Here are the results for a mid-range to upscale project:
The important thing is to communicate with your remodeler what you must have, and would like as well as what your budget is for the remodeling project. Choose a reputable design-build remodeler who provides design solutions that you are looking for. They will help you make selections to stay within your remodeling budget, and will communicate when you can expect the job to be complete.
Happy home remodeling!