Having a reality show fix your home for free could be very expensive:
Instead of a handicapped-friendly home that made
their life easier, they got a shoddy wreck of a house that latest
estimates say will cost $350,000 to fix, the Rosiers’ attorney, Mark
“Essentially what they did is build a movie set,” Belongia said.
remains exposed; door knobs are round, impossible for Steven to grasp;
a dryer is vented into the home rather than out of it; smoke detectors
don’t work; plywood covers basement windows; siding and plumbing was
improperly installed; the furnace has no foundation and is stuffed in a
crawl space and sod was installed directly over limestone paving,
I suspect the lawyer’s got it right, and all the producers were concerned about was slapping something together that would look nice on camera — at least as long as the cameras didn’t look too closely. And in this case a financially strapped family with a handicapped child ends up with an expensive, unlivable mess instead of a home.
It sounds like financial problems were behind this decision, but anyone who turns over their home to strangers to "renovate" is just asking for trouble. The shows are run for the amusement of the audience and the shock value of the reveal, not the satisfaction of the owner. And certainly not for long-term livability.
The same goes for cars, too. If I had a classic car, even a shabby one, and someone turned it into a stupid looking ground-scraping hotrod with huge rims and day-glo paint I’d be looking for someone to run over. At least the guys on Pimp My Ride have a sense of humor.