There’s nothing like the satisfaction of a job well done. Especially when that job either saves you from a plumbing or electrical disaster or brings you one step closer to turning your house into your dream home. Most of us, however, are not home improvement experts – nor do we have oodles of cash lying around to pay a licensed and bonded expert to do the work for us. That’s where the miracle of do-it-yourself TV shows comes in. It’s amazing what you can learn sitting on your tuchus watching the tube. Let’s take a look at some of the best home improvement shows that not only educate, but inspire homeowners to take the DIY plunge.
Holmes on Homes
Mike Holmes is the Dark Knight of home contractors. His mission to expose shoddy work and educate homeowners on what to watch out for is the centerpiece of this HGTV show where he swoops in and rescues the innocent homeowners from renovation and repair catastrophes. Mike picks apart the sub-par work, explaining what makes it potentially disastrous and fixing things up the right way. He leaves the victims of contracting rip-off artists with sound homes and sage advice to avoid the same pitfalls in the future.
This Old House
This is the granddaddy of home improvement shows, featuring Master Carpenter Norm Abram, who was featured in the show’s first season, as he undertakes extensive renovations of historic homes. “This Old House” has been spreading its trusted brand of home improvement and renovation tips since 1979. The show has won 16 Emmys and has branched out into a magazine, how-to books, and two other shows, “Ask This Old House” and “This New House.”
“Design Star” is a competition show where interior designers, contractors, stylists and artists get to show off their creativity and ingenuity through unexpected, innovative home designs. The competitors are judged by a panel of judges that include well-known HGTV designers Genevieve Gorder and Vern Yip who first hit the TV home improvement world on “Trading Spaces.” The designers are putting all their home décor know-how to work for a shot at winning a spot on an HGTV show and a cash prize – and getting to watch their magic and steal their inspired ideas is just a bonus for the viewer. The series recently closed it seventh season, and is gearing up for a special “All Star” season that kicks off on July 31.
I Hate My Bath
Don’t you hate it when everything about a house is perfect, but the bathroom leaves a lot to be desired? If you’re a bath addict like me, then this is the home improvement show for you. This room-specific series offers a plethora of smart, stylish and affordable bathroom design ideas that help homeowners turn their lame bathroom into a relaxing oasis – and they show you how to do it without “loans, demolition or divorce.” The show is known for showcasing the latest products and coolest tools to transform your bathroom from an outhouse into a spa.
It’s frustrating to pour a lot of blood, sweat, tears and money into your home only to find out all your hard work didn’t add any value. This show teaches homeowners how to identify the smartest projects that will provide the biggest bang for your buck in terms of increasing a home’s value. Once the team has helped the homeowners decide on the wisest course of action, they all roll up their sleeves and dig in – offering plenty of tips and techniques along the way to help all the at-home DIY fanatics tuning in learn how to use a little know-how and a lot of sweat to build the equity of their homes.
Which show has taught you the most about fixing up your home?
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