Who Pays for Your TV Show Home Remodel?

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photo: Jerone2
While working at This Old House one of the most often asked questions was, “Will you remodel my home?” which was quickly followed up with “I don’t have to pay for it, do I?” These questions and more are answered in their FAQ section but to save you a click the answer is, YES! If your home is selected by This Old House you do pay for the cost of the renovation.


I think many folks are under the false assumption that home improvement shows will pay for house projects. An exception to this seems to be ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover. We recently heard an unfortunate story about a family who had their house “done” by the show and soon after refinanced their home (multiple times) but still couldn’t make payments and like thousands of other Americans are now facing foreclosure.
I’m curious as to how much value is added to these homes after a 7-day remodel that many times looks almost like a tear-down/rebuild. Has anyone out there bought one of these homes or seen them listed?

  • Kenney L Goldberg

    Once again, if you can’t afford it why do it?

    • CrimeSuxs

      I am thinking that the type who do that when they cant afford it are the type that would answer your question like this….Because I cant live in the house like it is, after all the style is out of the early 2000’s , you know unbearable for a snob like me. I cant use my kitchen it to outdated with cabinets that were built in the early 90s and a formica counter top is just beyond reason to think i should have to suffer daily using such poor conditions. The bathroom is in complete shamble. Again a formica counter top. the sink if from the 90s as is the tub and floor tile.
      Butt that is the answer they would give. But their ideal of a house not fit to live in and you and i ideal are totally different from these kind of people lol .