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 a bunch of bad information 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 (early spring) in the first two minutes and it's Thanksgiving (or later) in the final two minutes.

The Bad Information!

  • Using foundation 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. Home to Win on HGTV Canada is entertaining...but it is a one hour commercial!

  • While some provide good information, many shows don't give viewers accurate information for the real world costs for projects. A house flipping show based out of California is the best example. How much for this bathroom? About $8000. Interesting how they always end up $10s of thousands of dollars over their renovation estimate.