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Popular home improvement TV shows can mislead viewers about remodeling …


Popular home improvement TV shows can mislead viewers about remodeling …

Popular home improvement TV shows can mislead viewers about remodeling …
News from The Times-Picayune – NOLA.com:

DEAR MR. MYERS: We love to watch all those remodeling shows on cable TV, and we saw an episode recently that featured a $ 22,000 remodel of a master bedroom and bath that is exactly what we want to do with ours.

Story by

David W. Myers

Syndicated real estate and personal finance columnist

We recorded the show and then showed it to four contractors to get bids for an identical project, but the bids ranged from about $ 45,000 to as much as $ 63,000. We then called the contractor who was featured on the show, and he said it would cost about $ 50,000 to do a similar job on our own home, but wouldn’t explain why. What gives?

ANSWER: The number of remodeling and related shows has soared in both number and popularity in recent years, thanks largely to the advent of cable TV channels such as Home and Garden Television (commonly referred to as HGTV) and America’s insatiable love for all things real estate.

What many of the producers of these shows don’t tell you, though, is that the products featured on the episodes — paint, appliances, flooring or the like — often are provided by the manufacturers at little or no cost in exchange for millions of dollars’ worth of nationwide exposure.

Contractors who are featured often are willing to cut their labor charg…………… continues on The Times-Picayune – NOLA.com

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