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Old 11-27-2018, 01:49 PM   #1
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I am not much of a television watcher but when I am on the road I will channel surf. I got to watching the reno show Fixer Upper out of Texas.

Are the prices really that inexpensive or is the show that dated? They are buying 2500 SF home (on property) for $220k and doing a complete reno for $60k...

I am thinking the show must be dated, but some of the things look pretty current so it is hard to tell.

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Seems like legit pricing, to me. For 220K, you can buy almost any home on the market in my area today.

My largest gripe with these renovation shows is the artificially compressed timeline and sometimes artificially low renovation budgets.
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most of those shows are complete whack with the numbers. I agree about the timelines, too - entire BS.

My wife watches a lot of these shows, and there is only one I have seen with realistic numbers - it's two chicks (a mom and daughter) somewhere in the midwest, who renovate crack houses and make modest numbers that I believe, can't recall the name but you'll know it when you see it.
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Fixer Upper aired from 2013 to 2017.
Real estate in that area of Texas is cheap but I always wondered how you could install a new kitchen for $6,000 like the show says sometimes.
HERE is one in Waco Texas for $75,000
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most of those shows are complete whack with the numbers. I agree about the timelines, too - entire BS.

My wife watches a lot of these shows, and there is only one I have seen with realistic numbers - it's two chicks (a mom and daughter) somewhere in the midwest, who renovate crack houses and make modest numbers that I believe, can't recall the name but you'll know it when you see it.
The show is 'Good Bones' and I think it's a decent show.
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They have a new season starting next year. Their Target line of stuff didn’t work out.

I like the OLD runs of This old House.
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I was watching one of those Dateline/ 60 Minutes type shows once and they had some guy and his wife in California on there complaining nothing in their home worked. They did the big reno back in the '80's. Crew came in and made everything "the way of the future" with the lighting knowing who's in what room, music that follows you around, etc. He was complaining nothing worked. Said I don't care what temperature the hot water is at what time of day, I just want hot water. I don't care if the heater knows what time I get home, I just want heat.
Who was the crew that did all this to his house?
Bob Villa!
Of course he was out of state and nowhere to be found when everything went south.


I do enjoy those old episodes of TOH though.
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I like this old house but I won't watch any of the others. I live enough of it to not want to watch it.
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The show is 'Good Bones' and I think it's a decent show.
If you don't have good bones generally, you don't want to touch it.
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Fixer Upper aired from 2013 to 2017.
Real estate in that area of Texas is cheap but I always wondered how you could install a new kitchen for $6,000 like the show says sometimes.
HERE is one in Waco Texas for $75,000
That a $250k dollar house here... and they would probably tear it down just for the property!

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They use cocaine to speed up the tempo of construction.

Duh. That's how they "Get 'er done!"

It's just one of the tricks of the trade.

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Most of these shows are complete BS.
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I was watching one of those Dateline/ 60 Minutes type shows once and they had some guy and his wife in California on there complaining nothing in their home worked. They did the big reno back in the '80's. Crew came in and made everything "the way of the future" with the lighting knowing who's in what room, music that follows you around, etc. He was complaining nothing worked. Said I don't care what temperature the hot water is at what time of day, I just want hot water. I don't care if the heater knows what time I get home, I just want heat.
Who was the crew that did all this to his house?
Bob Villa!
Of course he was out of state and nowhere to be found when everything went south.


I do enjoy those old episodes of TOH though.

Last year on one of the "Ask This Old House" episodes Rich (the plumber) went back to a house they remodeled a while back to replace the tankless water heater that was supposed to last for years and fell short. I got a kick out of that.
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They have a new season starting next year. Their Target line of stuff didnít work out.

I like the OLD runs of This old House.
I watch them all, it's a good show with some interesting personalities.
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Last year on one of the "Ask This Old House" episodes Rich (the plumber) went back to a house they remodeled a while back to replace the tankless water heater that was supposed to last for years and fell short. I got a kick out of that.
Just like aluminum romex.
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Just like aluminum romex.
To the best of my recollection aluminum was all about pricing...
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I think I would do the chick from Fixer Upper" . I know I would do the flipper chick from Flip or Flop.
My problem is that they do not show the true scope of work or the acusl costs of the Electrical, HVAC, or plumbing or even permits. Even in a hick state like Texas you can't remodel a whole house for $50K unless you are just pulling a new trailer in.
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If you don't have good bones generally, you don't want to touch it.
I have a good bone right now, wanna touch it?
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