Who doesn’t love a good home renovation show on HGTV? Watching shows like “Fixer Upper” or “Property Brothers” can make folks feel like it doesn’t take all that much to fix up their homes, but the truth is, people aren’t getting a true picture of what it costs to renovate their pads. A report in the "New Yorker" reveals that when it comes to how much renovations cost, folks who watch HGTV shows aren’t exactly being told the entire truth. While many shows do reveal a person’s budget for renovations, and the shows often stay within it, participants aren’t paying what most people would pay for these renovations. The truth is, most HGTV shows discount the goods and services provided, at the discretion of show producers. "Design work is paid for by homeowners," the network told Insider in a statement. "HGTV pays for some labor or costs to expedite production if needed, but generally, homeowners are paying for their services. And, they may have access to discounted services or goods." As “Home Again with the Fords” star Steve Ford told the "New Yorker,” those who go on HGTV shows “are getting more for their buck than they should.” Of course, while the participants are getting discounts, they are not mentioned on the show, which means viewers are getting an unrealistic idea of how much home renovations could set them back if they did them themselves. And that’s not the only thing folks may not realize about HGTV shows. While homeowners often come home to a house that’s not only fully renovated, but fully furnished and staged, most of the time those home owners don’t get to keep the furniture in that beautifully-staged home.
What is YOUR favorite HGTV home makeover show? Why do you love it?