So if they're not realistic then where do these ideas come from? Reality TV of course! In this case, it's home improvement shows, such as Fixer Upper, Property Brothers, and every show on HGTV. Don't get me wrong they can be great for getting ideas of what looks good and such but they can discreetly implant other notions that you may not even notice!
For instance, when it comes to those shows people think that in the real world it'll be like what they see in that one-hour program. I'm talking about low costs and quick time frames but that's not realistic at all because they're not showing you what really happens, they're just showing you what fits in the time slot of the channel.
A simple kitchen (or bathroom) remodel doesn't take a weekend or a week for it to be completed. Depending on how big the project is, it could take at least a month. Another shocker for people is the overall cost that comes out of a remodel project compared to the ones they see on shows. What people don't know is that the reason the cost is low on those shows is because they're mostly receiving products and services free (or seriously discounted) due to sponsors and getting advertised.
In the shows, everything looks easy but what you have to consider is that they're experts so of course they know what they're doing. If you plan on doing a DIY home improvement project and if you're not an expert on what you're doing just make sure to be safe by wearing gloves, goggles, turning breakers off, etc. If you're not planning to DIY then make sure the professionals you hire are qualified and certified on the services they offer.
Regardless if you hire someone or plan on doing something on your own, make sure to prep the area so that it's ready for whatever is going to be done and the same applies for getting the right permits. No one wants to redo anything because they find out it's not in regulation with the HOA or city, so make sure everything beforehand has the green light and is approved.
Another thing people don't take in account when watching these shows is the overall appeal of the house/neighborhood. Watching these shows you more often than not see these beautiful homes and neighborhoods with high end remodel projects. Depending on your surroundings that may be the case, but if not then it's important to do your research regarding what your neighbors have or are getting that way your remodel and/or products aren't overkill.
Also in these shows they typically have an overhaul remodel which involves most or the full house. If you got the money, you can do this if you want but if you don't then it wouldn't be wise to follow their footsteps. There are small renovations you can do that can still pay off in the long run such as minor improvements in the kitchens and bathrooms and even other areas of the home too.
What are your thoughts on home improvement shows? Let us know in the comments!
Til Next Time,