Are You Watching Porn?

Boy…that caught your attention, didn’t it? Well, those of us in the industry call HGTV and the DIY shows porn…why? Because there isn’t too much reality in the shows.
Let me give you a couple clues…have you really paid attention to the shows? At the start of a renovation there may be leaves on the trees, the woman is pregnant and by the end of the show, they have a baby and there’s snow on the ground. Okay, I don’t know about you, but what went on during that time?

Or better yet, I just love the one show that shows a completely remodel while the family is at dinner. Even in my dreams it just doesn’t work that way! What about permits? Where is the inspector during all this? How does the paint, glue, and other adhesives dry?

Porn 1
Beautiful kitchen…right? Well, what about the lighting?  With the lighting actually being behind you when standing at the sink, how would you be able to really see if your dishes are clean?  Overall the lighting gives good lighting, but it isn’t in the ideal locations.  Little details…where the 2 ceilings join in the upper right hand corner, bright white outlets/switches in the backsplash really stand out, and the hood over the range.  Realistically, it should cover the entire cooktop, this one only covers half of the cooktop. What happens to the steam/grease that’ll come from the 2 front burners?

I really like the shows (think twins or the couple that uses shiplap in every project) that say they can get a whole house remodeled in 4-6 weeks for XX amount of money…then when they reveal the finished project, there’s new furniture, high end finishes and fixtures. Again, what happened to the permitting/inspection process? Most of these projects are remodels of older homes…where is the lead paint, asbestos, and silica testing? And for the ones involving structural issues – where is the engineer?

Or even better (think couple in California that “flips” homes) that says they can do a whole kitchen for $8-10K. Okay…first of all, the average kitchen will have $3-5K in counters (remember, that’s average and not a high end product), $6-15K and up in appliances, and plumbing starting at $1K. And in California, labor is very expensive and the permitting process is just ridiculous. I know for a fact that their worker’s comp rates are some of the highest in the country. With counters, appliances and plumbing we’re already over what they “say” they’re doing the entire kitchen for…and have you seen the end results? It’s pretty nice!

Porn 3
Great picture, beautiful colors, nice cabinet hardware…but how do you go to the bathroom with the stool sitting in front of the toilet?  And speaking of toilet, look how much of a gap there is between the toilet and the floor…according to most codes the toilet needs to be caulked to the floor as well.

One of our mentors told me when I asked him how he approached budget with his prospects…he told me that you should take whatever number you have in your head and at LEAST double it. I said what??? He said trust me, I’ve been in this business long enough that most of the time the doubling doesn’t even cover what the prospect wants to do. Now after working with Rob in this industry for almost 15 years, I get it…it’s even that way with our own home projects!

So…the next time you turn on HGTV, get on Zillow or Houzz and see that the numbers that they’re “quoting” for remodeling…take it with a grain of salt. I’d suggest you visit the most recent Cost vs Value that Remodeling magazine puts out each year. Their report is much more realistic. Or…as our mentor told us, take whatever number you were thinking and double or triple and you just may be getting close to what your project will actually cost!

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