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Holmes on Homes-Who pays the tab for this work?

Started 1333930506.61 in Viewpoints | Last reply 1334167670.953 by Peachysue

When Mike Holmes takes a house and literally rips it apart and rebuilds it these repairs often run over $100,000. I just wondering who picks up the tab for this. It's a lot of money.


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Luv2Decora­te1333930822.536523 PostsRegistered 5/2/2008Floating on Lake Michigan

I think he does for the most part, however he does receive help from sponsors, contracters, suppliers, etc... The homeowners should help too, imo...

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Mmsfoxxie1333930837.475669 PostsRegistered 6/19/2010

I assumed HGTV did.

Luv2Decora­te1333931196.16523 PostsRegistered 5/2/2008Floating on Lake Michigan

He said that he paid for the repairs on one of the shows and I was shocked.

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Kachina6241333950959.3716964 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004New Mexico

I've wondered who pays for those expensive re-dos that Candice Olson does. They could easily be over $100,000.

redtabby1333952629.763741 PostsRegistered 8/18/2005
On 4/8/2012 kachina624 said:

I've wondered who pays for those expensive re-dos that Candice Olson does. They could easily be over $100,000.

I have not seen her show in awhile, it seemed like she is hired by the clients so they pay. But I would not be surprised if a sponsor or HGTV picked up part of the tab in return for airing the show. Years ago I had a friend who was on Curb Appeal and she paid for the plants, paving, etc but HGTV provided some of the people power.

JDW1741333960330.527351 PostsRegistered 2/17/2010

Mike's crew provides the labor/know-how. The materials for the most part are either donated by sponsors or HGTV. The article I read on the show mentioned that if the owners are charged anything it normally amounts to around 10% of total costs.

CSH1333973059.1432334 PostsRegistered 12/5/2009NW PA

I watched this show last night and wondered the very same thing as they were repairing the entire foundation of a home...

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KathyPet1333978303.588412 PostsRegistered 1/25/2006Beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia

That was the show that got me wondering. When you have to bring in a backhoe and dig up around a foundtion or jackhammer up the concrete floor in the basement to lay new pipes and then put in a new HVAC, run all new electrical, replace support beams that some dufus contractor cut to run pipes through you are talking major, major expense here.


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DianaFran1333994236.70310849 PostsRegistered 11/15/2004

The Holmes show is one on HGTV that I absolutely don't watch. As for Candance's shows, I think she is considered one of the super designers. According to David Bromstad, Candance's show Divine Design gets the highest budget, but I think the owners also pay part. He said that in a Q and A when he appeared in Seattle. His budget seems to have been cut back since they moved him to Miami. However, he now has a second show on that network.

VCamp27481333995360.5677410 PostsRegistered 4/20/2006

Aren't those kinds of programs paid for by the sponsors?

10sluvr1333995856.22068 PostsRegistered 12/17/2006

i think mike holmes should be man of the year. i would like to see or hear about prosecution of the idiots that did the bad repairs.

DavesBubby1333998270.9640 PostsRegistered 5/27/2009

On Holmes, I read that the homeowner pays a certain percentage, depending on whether they can afford it or not. Some of the parts needed are donated, but not all.

On Candice's show, the client pays.

patintc1334167389.747566 PostsRegistered 3/3/2006TC Michigan

I read somewhere (it seemed legit, but CRS is kicking in so I don't remember where I read it), that they try to have homeowner pay for as much of the material as possible. He then goes to anyone (vendors he uses, etc.) to pay for things the homeowners can't pay for. He's quite the big Canadian in shining armor isn't he?

Peachysue1334167670.95313739 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 4/11/2012 patintc said:

I read somewhere (it seemed legit, but CRS is kicking in so I don't remember where I read it), that they try to have homeowner pay for as much of the material as possible. He then goes to anyone (vendors he uses, etc.) to pay for things the homeowners can't pay for. He's quite the big Canadian in shining armor isn't he?


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