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HGTV Secret Revealed: Are the Budgets Real on My HGTV Shows?
It’s that time – when I answer your burning questions with (gasp!) THE TRUTH! It’s time for another HGTV secret revealed!
Okay, this is a good one because before I had a TV show, when I was an HGTV fan just like you (unless you’re reading this and you have an HGTV show in which case, HI FRIEND!! #myhgtvfamily) I wondered this exact thing on every episode. ARE THE BUDGETS REAL!?!
HGTV Secret Revealed: Are the Budgets on My Shows Real?
I’d like to give you some dirt – so here it is – you aren’t going to believe it, but THEY’RE REAL! That’s right, believe it or not, the number you see on the screen is the actual number. So for example, on HELP! I Wrecked My House you might see a grimy old kitchen and in what feels like the snap of a finger it transforms into a beautiful new, crisp, clean, Pinterest-worthy masterpiece and you think to yourself – NO WAY DID THAT COST WHAT THEY SAID IT DID. But I’m here to tell you, what you see is what you get.
Now, that said, I guess I can only speak for my own shows, but I’ve never heard of a show that doesn’t use the real numbers. There’s one thing to keep in mind though – we build a LOT of houses. That’s what we do – all day everyday. So just like you might not be able to fully renovate your house in 6 weeks (no offense but if you can, I’m impressed!), we do that day in and day out, and our cost structures are definitely a little different. Economies of scale, people!
Also, I love calling in favors on behalf of my clients and my trades love to have their work showcased on TV. And if you did your project on your own, you wouldn’t have me or my team running around all day making things go perfectly and working our butts off to make sure the renovation looks amazing. So while the budgets are real, just remember that the perks of being on TV aren’t fully reflected. That’s why SO MANY PEOPLE try to get on my shows – trust me, I get it!
Oh, and if you’re thinking of doing a renovation or buying a house, this is a reminder to default to the pros (your general contractor or real estate agent) and they should be able to help you set a budget. Fair enough? I think so!
I like not having any secrets from you guys! What else have you been wondering lately? Let me know in the comments…