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Be skeptical about home improvement shows

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Home improvement television shows have become a very popular form of entertainment in recent years, and for good reason. Watching contractors transform a beaten up or broken down home into a mansion fit for royalty can be fascinating, even if you don't own a house or ever expect to engage in such projects. But the way that the home improvement process is depicted in these shows has proven controversial with some contractors.

A recent article in The Seattle Times draws attention to the fact that many homeowners are watching shows like "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and getting ideas for projects, which they then approach contractors with in the hope that their house will resemble the ones they see on TV. Unfortunately, many of these residents have a false impression, not appreciating the fact that such projects are often long and drawn out, requiring weeks of work.

"Sometimes they see something, and they don't know how much it costs and how much is required to install," Kent Drinker of Timberlake Building & Renovations tells the source. "It makes the process of getting from the concept to the completion that much longer. There are almost too many choices out there."

Another potential problem with using TV shows as inspiration is that a homeowner will decide to embark on a project themselves without hiring a Fairfax, Virginia plumbing or HVAC contractor, as TV programs often make these jobs look easy. Although some home improvements are manageable for the average resident, it's a good idea to call a professional for more involved jobs. If you're considering making a major renovation to your house, call the experts at John C. Flood to find out what options are available to you.