The TV series “Extreme Makeovers: Home Edition” has attracted millions of viewers over seven seasons of tear-jerker home transformations designed for “deserving families”. But,”EM:HE,” the “feel-good” show is under scrutiny for the low-quality of their ‘makeovers’ and how they build large, expensive homes for families already burdened by poverty and are now faced with large tax and utility bills. The result for many families in”EM:HE, “EM:HE” show has illustrated concerns that real estate professionals are warning clients away from for many years.
*Don’t do a crappy renovation*
It’s much better to spend your money on less high-quality renovations that perform well in your home rather than large-scale remodels that fail due to the rush to complete, poor workmanship and lack of high-quality materials. “EM:HE” has done makeovers that have turned out really cool but they’ve not stood the wear and tear of use and time which has cost homeowners who are already in financially strapped situations more money. The Yazzie family of Pinon, AZ ended up having a utility bill of $400 per month after renovations , which resulted in a poorly insulated home and solar panels that did not remove them from the grid as was claimed.
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“Renovate what’s important.”
If you’re an affordable fixer-upper Don’t spend time putting on fripperies. A swimming pool is nice however, your roof is more vital. “EM:HE” has installed carousels and bowling lanes in homes however proper insulation and installation of important features like windows, walls, and roofs are missing from certain homes.
*Allow enough time to do an appropriate renovation
“EM:HC, “EM:HC” show has a busy schedule. So tight that the majority of issues arising after the crews leave were attributed in part to rushed work and a lack of enough time to ensure that the home is functioning effectively. There are many advantages to taking your time with home renovations, and making sure each wall are well-constructed and properly connected.
One of the issues with”EM:HE” is that “EM:HE” show is that most of the homes were constructed or renovated far beyond the area, making them too expensive for buyers looking in that neighborhood to consider and therefore not appealing to buyers looking in that price range due to the nearby properties. This is a problem when the owners are trying to sell.
*Don’t renovate your home into a new tax bracket*
One of the major criticisms in “EM:HC” is that the luxurious, modern homes the show creates for struggling families put them in more financial trouble due to the property’s size (more appliances required for keeping it cool or heated) and value (higher taxes). Some critics of the show’s renovations also include the ‘glorification’ of a soaring suburbia with extravagant homes, such as the castle built by the show on the outskirts of Lake City, Ga.
Do not make public the money you’re spending improving your home*
“EM:HC” homes have become the target for burglars because of the luxurious facilities the show typically offers to families who are part of the show with flat-screen TVs, computers, and other expensive equipment. When you’re renovating, keep your purchases quiet. Sort the boxes you have left out for recycling pickup inside-out, and wrap them in compact bundles. This will ensure that no one can notice that you’ve bought a new appliance or gadget. Thieves have been known to seek out homes for new appliances and renovation materials.
It’s not difficult to see that “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” has benefited a lot of American families that otherwise would probably never have had the benefits the show provided. The aftermath of the families who were in the show, however it also reveals how to avoid doing with our homes.