I Saw it on TV!

​There are some great shows on TV that focus on renovations, construction and real estate. There is some good stuff with some true garbage mixed in as well, but keep in mind it is television and it is produced to entertain you…especially the drama.

The Good Stuff!

  • Ensuring the structure is sound, using quality materials, fixing problem issues, creating a quality space.

  • There will always be something regardless of how ‘new’ your house might be. When was the last time you watched a show where there were no challenges encountered, everything went off without a hitch, no structural issues, no plumbing issues, no electrical faults, etc.? Expect there to be an unforeseen surprise or two along the journey.

  • Seeing a one hour show where there is snow on the ground in the first two minutes and it's Thanksgiving Or later) in the final two minutes.

The Garbage!

  • Using roofing tar to waterproof a shower pan. Under no circumstances should petroleum based products like this be used in the interior of your home. That includes tar paper as well!

  • Oooing and awwwing over a wall tile design in a shower while applying the tiles directly over standard drywall with absolutely no waterproofing using latex mastic adhesive. Pity the folks that bought that house!

  • Using ridiculously expensive flooring underlayment when great products are available for a fraction of the price. Keep in mind that many of the products you see are often donated by the manufacturer and in some cases the manufacturer is paying to have the products used. It's not uncommon to see products used with great fan fare and never see them again. 

  • Contractor’s pricing should be approximately 50% material and 50% labour. This is a common phrase used by a particular long time host/contractor who I do admire for his work ethic (gotta do it right the first time!). However, 50% labour and 50% materials is totally absurd! For example, mold/mildew resistant drywall is about 80% more expensive than regular drywall while requiring the same effort to install. You should pay 80% more in labour for the exact same amount of work? NO! The same applies to flooring, paint, tile, trim, cabinets and just about everything else. Labour is based on two components, amount (sqft, length, etc.) and complexity of the installation (time required).