May 15, 2024

Beyond the Screen: Unveiling the Realities of Home Renovations

Discover what TV shows miss about home renovations. From timelines to hazards, get the truth about remodeling. Contact us for expert advice!

TV remodeling shows have captured our imagination with their stunning transformations and seemingly effortless renovations. However, behind the scenes, there’s a lot more to the story than what meets the eye.

The Real Timeline:

· While remodeling shows condense weeks or even months of work into a 30-minute episode, the reality of renovations is far from quick. In truth, many projects take approximately 6-12 months just in construction time. For permitted projects, a typical timeline to have plans approved through the city, could take anywhere between 4-5 months.

Overall timelines are also subject to delays due to unforeseen structural or conditions challenges, delays in material delivery, or simply the complexities of the work involved. A good general contractor will be sure to communicate expectations on general timelines, as well as any delays.

DIY Dilemmas:

· The DIY aspect of many remodeling shows makes it seem like anyone with a bit of creativity and elbow grease can tackle a renovation. However, certain tasks require professional expertise to ensure safety and quality. Attempting to do everything yourself can lead to costly mistakes and even safety hazards.

Partnering with a design build company like Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel- grants you an interior designer through the entire process. Our designers listen to your design goals, and get a good feel for what you would love to see. With this information, they can source the correct materials and aspects for your home.

We also utilize our trusted trades to always ensure safety compliance. Remodeling is much more than meets the eye! There is much more than just decor.

Hidden Hazards:

· Remodeling shows rarely highlight the potential health hazards associated with renovations, such as exposure to lead paint, asbestos, or mold. Proper safety precautions are essential but often overlooked in the pursuit of a picture-perfect makeover.

Maintenance Matters:

After the cameras stop rolling, the real work begins: maintenance. Remodeling shows rarely touch on the ongoing upkeep required to preserve the beauty and functionality of a renovated space. From routine repairs to regular cleaning, homeowners must invest time and effort to ensure their investment stands the test of time.

Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel always recommends signing up for maintenance programs for things like HVAC filters & tune ups, grout repairs & recaulking with tile professionals, and granite care.

Don’t let the investment deteriorate, preventative care is just as important as the remodel.


· While remodeling shows offer inspiration and entertainment, it’s crucial to recognize that they only scratch the surface of the renovation process. By shedding light on these realities, we can better prepare ourselves for the journey of transforming our spaces. For an honest explanation of our remodeling process, give us a call at any time and learn about the Murray Lampert Experience.

We believe in realistic timelines, budgets, and preliminary research. In doing things this way since 1975, we can best serve YOU.


    As you embark on your renovation journey, remember that reality may not always align with what you see on TV. Be prepared for the unexpected, stay flexible, and don’t hesitate to seek professional help when needed. After all, the end result is worth the effort and challenges along the way.

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