If there’s anything a few contractor’s enjoy, it’s catching an television show such as: This Old House, reality brothers, or Fixer Upper. Many of us may not identify as a “fixer upper” addict’s, but I’m lying if I said I dislike “Chip & Joanna” completing a 30 minute home restoration. They make for good television and the reality tv is not overly dramatized, but it’s still cheesy. Especially as a contractor, these show’s provide our spouses a glimpse of the our day-to-day work life in the contracting world and showcases that we don’t drive our truck’s all day.
I won’t bore you with our favorite television shows, but I’m advocating that you as homeowner should be watching these programs! Don’t watch television solely to dull your senses or waste time, but at least before the next big renovation project. If you’re building a home for a family of five than the show “tiny homes” won’t exactly make much sense.
There is a number of quality pro’s & con’s to these shows.
Pros of contracting/home improvement shows
- Oversight of the industry trends: colors/designs
- Breakthrough building product’s (Manufacturer’s will market their new product’s in these shows)
- A visual of a construction site (Debris, equipment, & inconveniences)
- Synergy of a project: crew, foreman, contractor, supplier, homeowner
- Learn from other’s mistakes (Don’t like that color, now you know!)
- Need for a quality and honest contractor.
Con’s of contracting/home improvement shows
- Unrealistic timeframes – (Extreme makeover home edition)
- Perception of cost – (Labor rates vary across the nation)
- Not all contractor’s are qualified to be on television, let alone feature their work (Do your research)
- Best choice building product’s for you (Often location is addressed, but not all building products are suited for the midwest or east coast).
- Alway’s a surprise moment (There are times, the homeowner does not like the final color)
I’m sure we’re all grown enough to understand that television is not reality, but it’s a fantastic tool. These programs provide you with an ability to do homework before the big test (paying a contractor with your $$$) and you’ll learn industry jargon, products you might want, and an understanding the style of home you’re seeking.
What do I do if I don’t get cable or HGTV?
My family is in the same boat! We decided to cut the cord and opted for Netflix and a local antenna. Though I don’t know a way to stream HGTV, I do know YouTube has played or showcased old episodes of “home restoration” shows. In addition, local providers do have a few “do-it-yourself” and home improvement channels throughout the week (mostly featured on Sat/Sunday) that are similar. I’m honest in stating that the local renditions are MUCH different from the commercialized and scripted version of HGTV’s.