More viewers tuned in to remodeling reality shows in January, 2014, than to the finale of Breaking Bad in September 2013, according to data gathered by Remodeling Magazine. Shows like Vanilla Ice Goes Amish, Holmes Makes It Right, and Rehab Addict have been experiencing increasing popularity and steady growth in viewership, as evidenced by the TV ratings in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Unfortunately, Remodeling Magazine assistant editor Tim Regan reports that, while this popularity comes parallel with an increase in home renovation projects throughout the country, it also brings some rather serious downside:
“Remodelers and clients have a love-hate relationship with reality television. Remodelers say that shows such as Love It or List It and Property Brothers, which often cram whole-house remodeling projects into too-small budgets, give clients the wrong impression regarding pricing and time constraints. For instance, some shows might suggest that two weeks and $50,000 is enough to renovate an entire house. You know that’s under time and over budget, but homeowners don’t have your perspective, and they see you as the bearer of bad news when you give them a realistic time frame.”
Of course, due to time constraints, reality programs cannot show every step of a remodeling project. However, the end results in relation to the low costs and quick turnaround are setting off misinformation and false expectations among customers, including those in West Palm Beach.
Even the most minor remodeling projects can take up to a month to finish, as the planning phase alone can take up a long time. Contractors also have to take their suppliers’ timeline into consideration. This is why a reputable home builder in West Palm Beach, and other reliable contractors nationwide, encourage homeowners to have a good understanding of schedules and timelines before entering into any remodeling contract.
Cost is another important remodeling component that has to be thoroughly threshed out with contractors. The figures depicted in some reality shows can be downright unrealistic, so homeowners will do well to research on the prevailing rates in their areas. It is also important to work with a trusted contractor, who will be upfront with cost estimates, and who has a reputation of not scrimping on quality for better profit.
This doesn’t mean you should ditch remodeling shows, as they provide viewers with inspiration and ideas on home remodeling. However, avoid setting some unrealistic expectations from what you see. Instead, call a seasoned home builder in West Palm Beach, FL like Palm Beach County Contractor to discuss your needs, and work out a deal that would be meet your satisfaction and guarantee good value.
(Source: Shows Distort Client Relations—Here’s How to Change Channels, Remodeling Magazine, June 11, 2014)