Oct 18, 2012, 07:25 PMzuk208
budgeti would like to know why he allways pushes his homeowners over budget , sometimes to the extremeprofitidk
Oct 22, 2012, 02:05 PMswschrad
the way these shows work is this... Happy Hosterman gets a check for doing 10 to 16 TV shows. that means 10 to 16 homeowners win the lottery, and pay 50% gaming tax on the value of the kitchen / man cave / bathroom / whatever they get for "free" as compensation for giving up their room for a TV set and show.
there is a lot of fancy bling that comes along with these projects, and it's called "product placement" in the entertainment biz. Joey's Glass Tile and contractors, the countertops, appliances, etc. are likely no-charge "product placement." you might be able to get the Viking 20-burner range at auction down the road for $2000, but for the show's purposes, it carries full list price.
see how there is some funny math involved as this goes along? it's paid advertising, which has been around as long as the earliest radio experiments in the 1900s.
in the end, I expect the average participating homeowner ends up better off despite the climbing numbers. any time a logo is held on the screen for more than 2 seconds, it's a promo, and all they're basically paying is the tax on it.
there are exceptions, like the foraging in salvage stores and putting sheet metal backsplashes up, but there is an expectation of freebies. you will get a better idea of the level by checking the store calls for homeowners under "Be On DIY"; they often say something like, "contracting up to $5000 provided, plus promotional items may be donated."
if you were to have 12 to 28 folks stomping through your house for 3 days to 3 weeks making it TV Land, wouldn't you want something more than a DVD copy of the program to show for it? believe me, they're lining up 10 wide at the door for these jobs.