May 13, 2015

Three Ways Home Improvement Reality TV Differs from Real-Life Renos

There are currently more than 10 home improvement reality shows running on HGTV. If you’re like many homeowners in Canada, you’ve probably spent a lot of time inside watching a few of these shows this past winter. You may even be pumped and ready to get busy in your own home!

We all know that what we see on reality TV isn’t always an accurate portrayal of everyday life. However, watching these programs has undoubtedly changed your expectations, leaving you feeling more knowledgeable about the design and renovation process.

If you want to avoid frustration and disappointment while hiring contractors to do your own home improvements, it’s important to understand how TV reality shows differ from real life.

Major home improvements such as kitchen and bathroom remodels can take weeks, not days, to finish properly.
Don’t be fooled by the lightning-fast turnaround on television. Items such as countertops, cabinetry and plumbing fixtures usually need to be ordered months in advance. When you see a large project completed quickly on your favourite program, what you’re not seeing is the scrambling going on behind the scenes. Often, contractors on these shows are working around the clock to meet the show’s tight deadline. From the initial consultation and design, to obtaining the proper permits, ordering materials, and coordinating schedules, quality home renovations take time. The bottom line: The bigger the job, the longer it’s going to take.

The renovation costs on TV reality shows are unrealistic.
Are the contractors on the reality show lowballing their prices to get TV exposure for their company? Is the cost for labour factored into their quote? Did the homeowners have to pay extra for the cost of design? You need to keep these “realities” in mind when planning your own home improvement.
The bottom line: Superior design, quality materials and expert craftsmanship are worth paying for.

Drama is for television – not your home reno.
Unlike the sterile, fast-paced home renos you see on television, real-life renovations by experienced, qualified contractors involve weeks to properly plan, coordinate and execute. Unlike their entertainment-driven reality TV counterparts, successful contractors do everything they can to avoid drama and surprises by correctly anticipating each step of the renovation process. Before work begins on your home, you should be provided with a detailed description of all the work that will be done. If your design and renovation goals don’t match your budget, the contractors you consult will tell you that up front.
The bottom line: Choose a contractor with the qualifications and experience to get the job done right.

At Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre, we understand that our success depends solely on the satisfaction of our clients. To learn more, read 5 Reasons to Trust Monarch With Your Kitchen and Bath Design Needs or call 905-686-2001 to speak with a member of our design team.