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Remodeling Porn: Part One

watching tvDid we grab your attention? Why the provocative title? We have noticed many homeowners watch remodeling shows on the major home improvement networks. Although these networks offer great ideas on style and some budgetary details, they do fall short of accurately educating the viewer about pricing, schedules and most importantly what IS and IS NOT included. We are also big fans of these networks and shows, but as experts we have noticed some gaps in the information being provided and wanted to pass that information along to you.

These home improvement shows have led to consumer misunderstandings and unrealistic expectations of remodeling. We find more and more that remodeling clients are very surprised at the costs and timelines associated with a project. To assist homeowners, we plan to break down the major parts of remodeling that television networks do not typically include in the budget including the costs of materials shown.

advertisingOne of the first things to pay attention to are the costs mentioned on the shows. Home improvement show material costs are rarely going to be similar to that of a local remodeler. Home improvement shows and networks receive discounted rates for featuring materials or products on the shows in exchange for advertising (you’ll see it in the credits at the end of the show). Another thing to watch for: is the same material being used in multiple episodes of the same show? Buying in bulk can get a product discounted and you will notice certain shows finished designs look very similar and this is a possible reason why. Local, custom remodelers cannot buy in bulk as we design for each client individually.

location locationAnother aspect that is usually not accounted for is the geographic location of the remodel. Location can affect the pricing of materials, and affects the cost of on-site labor for the workers on the show, if the labor is being included at all. For a full bathroom remodel to happen in a few days as you see on some shows, you need a huge crew and one that will work 24 hours a day. Local remodelers just do not have the staff for that kind of timeline, nor do most clients have the money to pay for that much overtime.

Local remodelers are usually small businesses that take pride in providing a living wage and benefits for their staff. Big remodeling networks don’t have that overhead in the budgets shown to the viewer which local remodelers have to include. Usually, those costs are offset by advertising revenue.

Rarely is on-site labor included in the budgets of the remodeling shows. Other labor typically not included are time for the designers, applying for and getting building permits and inspections, ordering and delivery of materials, etc.

Survival Guide_July 16-1Making improvements to your home can increase its functionality and value. Your home is the largest single purchase you are likely to make in your lifetime. When preparing for a remodel, seek out information that will allow you to be financially prepared for the remodeling journey ahead and allow you to locate an educated and licensed professional to help walk you through the process. We have a handy Remodel Survival Guide available on our website at http://www.cckb.biz. Just click the book image and it will automatically download.

In the next article, we will go into detail about the value of an Interior Designer, and why they differ from an Interior Decorator. We will also go into more detail about timelines associated with the design process.

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