Reality TV remodeling shows have risen in popularity. The ratings show that HGTV has the second highest weekend cable viewership among those aged 25-54. For HGTV, the number of viewers increased 8 percent between 2012-13 while channels such as the History Channel, saw a 6 percent decreases in viewers. Faced with these numbers, it’s clear that home improvement and remodeling shows are very popular with homeowners. Contractors, though, caution that they may be somewhat misleading.
Considering a Remodeling Project
On TV, a one-hour reality show will show a remodeling project in action. The show, however, doesn’t depict the full realities of what is involved in remodeling a home. Based on what they have seen on TV, homeowners may have misconceptions of the amount of time and money that is involved in these types of projects. What they do not see on these types of shows are the weeks of planning, permitting, budget negotiations and video editing of footage that happens to create each episode. On the positive side, however, homeowners can gain a wealth of ideas from these shows when considering a potential remodel.
Planning is an important part of the remodeling process. In conjunction with making final selections, the design process can take up to six weeks. Allow several weeks to create the construction documents. Permitting typically takes one to three weeks to acquire. Finally, the actual length of construction will depend on the project.
A design-build remodeler is the homeowner’s partner in the planning process through the completion of the project. This contractor will have an in-depth understanding of available materials and help the homeowner through the process by avoiding potentially costly mistakes.
Hiring a Contractor
Homeowners must be diligent in selecting their contractor. They should engage a licensed, insured and bonded contractor for the project. Contractors should provide references from past work and offer warranties for the proposed work. The homeowner and the contractor should have a clear understanding of the proposed work and a detailed contract that specifies the work to be completed, timetables and a payment schedule. Homeowners should take this time to ask any questions that they may have so that both parties have realistic visions of how much the project will cost and how long it will take to complete.
While reality TV shows depict projects that are often done in a short amount of time for a small budget, a quality contractor can help homeowners with a more realistic understanding and plan for a renovation project. Owens Construction has worked on remodeling projects in the Columbus area for over 30 years. Our staff works with clients on every aspect of design and construction on remodeling projects, regardless of the size of the proposed work. Whether you're thinking of remodeling a kitchen or bath, adding a deck or adding a completely new addition to your home, our team is ready to go to work for you. Call us at 614-846-1149 today!