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Old 12-04-2011, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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I looked for a thread and couldn't believe there wasn't one! What do you guys think of this show? I for one love it, especially seeing what it looks like at the end. Amazing what he does.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:27 AM
 
Location: York, PA
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I looked for a thread and couldn't believe there wasn't one! What do you guys think of this show? I for one love it, especially seeing what it looks like at the end. Amazing what he does.
Definitely one of my favorites on HGTV now.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:43 AM
 
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They show the buyers a spectacular house then blow their bubble when they tell them how much it costs. The contracter brother says he can put all their wishes in their fixer upper house to make it their dream house. Then he only he only does the kitchen...
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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I like it. Mainly to see what can be done with renovations and they do an amazing job.

I also like the dose of realism in that sometimes the renovations don't always go as planned and things can go wrong, cost more and changes might need to be made. Not every renovation looks exactly like the original design and the timeline can be affected.

What reallys surprises me is the faith the buyers have that the house, which starts our looking like crap, will actually look like the rendition. I don't think I could have that much faith.

But its a good show and the brothers are cute and funny together.
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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When I purchased my first house I looked beyond the former owners crap like tne swirly avocado carpet, pink dining room, dated drapes, old windows and so on. Can't the couples EVER have a vision of what could be? They always want perfect, new move in ready!
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I watch, I like it. Find it interesting however that the price tag placed on their renovation seems categorically low and a renovation that could likely require 4+ months in the real world is always just 4 weeks on PB. Thumbs up for the false reality provided by the magic of TV ;-)
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Old 12-05-2011, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Sudcaroland
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I've seen a few reruns and really like this show.
I love the reality check at the beginning - people need to realize their list of "must-haves" can be crazy!
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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You know what's so funny though? Every single time the couple is totally pissed off at the brothers for showing them their 'dream house'..."Why would you show us this?" always gets asked. I find myself sitting there going "OK you agreed to be on the show and you don't have a clue as to the premise????" It's just kind of annoying how it is in EVERY episode. Same with the couple's attitude when they start to tour the fixers...Drew will look at Jonathon and say "I don't think they're on board" and Jonathon will reply "I'm going to convince them" or something of the like. EVERY single episode is like that. It's just so obviously scripted... producers pay attention! It makes it look way too fake!! At least ATTEMPT reality.

Other than that, LOVE the show. I think Jonathon is a genius.
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:27 AM
 
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They show the buyers a spectacular house then blow their bubble when they tell them how much it costs. The contracter brother says he can put all their wishes in their fixer upper house to make it their dream house. Then he only he only does the kitchen...

Agree. The houses need help in every room on every episode I've watched and they only do one room.
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Oxford, Ohio
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When I purchased my first house I looked beyond the former owners crap like tne swirly avocado carpet, pink dining room, dated drapes, old windows and so on. Can't the couples EVER have a vision of what could be? They always want perfect, new move in ready!
I agree with your sentiments. People these days are way too spoiled...and particularly first-time home buyers, who think they are entitled to a state-of-the-art kitchen with granite counter tops and restaurant-class stainless steel appliances. If they so much as tour a home that doesn't have that, they grimace and moan about how it needs to be updated.

Too many home buyers these days want a pristine home that matches their tastes exactly, without considering that they could remodel a home themselves. It's frustrating for people who are trying to sell a home that is clean, and in perfectly good condition, when they try to show a house that has...oh, let's say, blue paint on the wall...and a potential buyer doesn't want it because they don't like that color! Or perhaps it has a brand new washer, but it's a white top loader instead of a stainless steel front loader. The potential buyer doesn't consider that it's at least a washer, and not a galvinized tub with a washboard. Very spoiled indeed.
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