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Best TV Shows to Check Out if You’re Renovating Your Home

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If you’re renovating your home, whether it’s something as simple as a coat of paint or more complex renovations, it’s safe to say that you did some research first. Thanks to cable television, learning how to do things like electrical work or install a new floor is as easy as flipping on the television.

Here are some of the shows that can help you do your own home renovations instead of shelling out cash to a contractor.

House Crashers

house-crashers-logo“House Crashers” follows licensed contractor and host Josh Temple to stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s, while he looks for do–it-yourselfers taking on a project that may be too much for them to handle.

After identifying the DIYer, Temple and his crew of experts follows the person home and surprises them with an offer to do the remodel. Recent episodes have seen the crew completely redo an enclosed patio into a stunning lounge/bar area and a transformation of a master bedroom that was a blank canvas, lacking even a proper bed.

Viewers can log online to ask questions about a project or for inspiration on any renovation, large or small. The show airs on Sundays at 11:30 a.m. ET on HGTV and on Monday nights at 11 p.m. ET on the DIY Network.

This Old House

this-old-house-logoLong before HGTV and the DIY Network existed, there was “This Old House” on PBS. The show has been around since 1979, originally airing a 13 episode arc for a local PBS affiliate in Boston.

Since that first season, the show has gone on to become the standard for home improvement shows, winning 17 Emmy Awards over the years. The show introduced the nation to Bob Vila, who was the host for the first decade, followed by Steve Thomas, and now current host Kevin O’Connor.


hometime-logoAnother longtime home renovation show brought to you by PBS, “Hometime,” has been around since 1986. The show focuses on both do-it-yourself projects and complex renovations that may require help from a professional.

If you miss an episode, the shows website has hundreds of how-to articles and an increasing supply of videos to help you tackle projects like refinishing kitchen cabinets, installing granite countertops or putting together outdoor lighting.

The show airs on PBS and in syndication.

Design on a Dime

design-on-a-dime-logoFor those of us who aren’t totally sure what we want to do with a renovation and are limited by a budget, the show “Design on a Dime” provides solutions.

The premise of the show, which airs on HGTV, is to look at a renovation or remodel the same way that homeowners would. They try to figure out the best way to redo a space that is not being utilized properly and go to work on making it more functional.

The big difference between most remodel shows and “Design on a Dime” is that the cast sticks to a budget of $1,000, which is a more realistic budget for the average homeowner.

What shows do you check out when it comes to getting ready for your next home improvement project?

Article contributed by Andy Johnson who used these TV shows to help remodel his own home.