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I See Shows At HGTV and DIY network, But Projects Never Go As Shown, Why?

Updated: Jul 9, 2021

During post-production, in most of the TV shows, all the hick-ups and difficulties are cut off, making the audience believe tha

t remodels, construction, and repairs are much cheaper and easier than actually is.

For the last 20 years our company has worked for reality TV, Movies, also assisting studios in making good on bad damages caused by actors and crew on location, and most importantly we have participated on transformation home improvement shows in order to make unskilled actors look like pros.

During construction and filming, we see how much goes into the activities they are portraying, but they fail to account for those costly unforeseen repairs and extra work on the disclosed images and final budget, giving the idea to the audience that everything goes smoothly more often then not, which is not reality.

Construction, specially in remodeling projects, often there are extra activities and associated costs that are only found during the unfolding project. TV shows are paid by the advertisers, product placements and service providers, hoping to increase their sales.


Why Show Reality, In Reality, TV Show?

In a home improvement TV show, it is not advantageous for the advertisers to reveal difficulties, related extra costs, and portraying all those inconveniences that could also lead to a negative result on advertiser’s bottom lines.

That is why you can see a room remodel with a $500 budget go effortlessly beginning to end.

No one mentions that geographical labor costs, employment obligations, and governmental fees were left out, for the sake of altering the perception of the consumer, which in turn will increase sales for their advertisers.

Their thought is: “Once the consumer bought the products, who cares if they can install it or not.” It is sad but true, HGTV’s main goal is not to inform consumers, it is to entertain and to increase sales for their sponsors.


What To Do Not To Get Caught In The Hype:

If you are unskilled in construction trades or just a layman, always talk to a construction professional before embarking on a project that you saw on TV, it can turn into an unmanageable endeavor.

No matter how simple the TV show may portray the activity, it could take a toll on your budget with no way back.

Good contractors will talk to you for free and explain what could go wrong.

Again, it comes to mind the following thought: "TV, when is it safe to believe in it?" NEVER!

Drice Walker – your Home Improvement Expert

Conspiracy theory practitioner

A guest writer for the ultimate handyman and General Contractor in Los Angeles

Now I am also Your host here on X Plan Nation where MT's goal, is to get YOUR project right!

The Ultimate Handyman can help you if you got stuck on a home improvement project, especially if you believed in the TV hype and now there is not much you can do...

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This is a must read for any homeowner. With the massive popularity of these shows, and the seemingly ease of completion of the projects, it definitely sets a false standard for the difficulty of accomplishing a complete gutting of kitchen for a <a href="">kitchen remodel</a>...not to mention the time it takes to do so. Thank you for bringing this to light. They are very entertaining, but it would be nice for there to be a mention of the time and true cost of what it took to complete the whole project from start to finish.

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