Clean House, Extreme Makeover, Dear Genevieve, Divine Design, Antonio’s Treatment, Carter Can, Trading Spaces, Hour Design, Miles of Style and Dress My Nest. These are just some of the many TV shows in the U.S. that focus on home renovations or makeovers.
If you frequently watch these shows and you face clutter issues in your home just like the other featured in the programs, you may be tempted to contact the producers so you can have your house organized as well. It’s true that homeowners are encouraged to join the program but there are certain requirements you need to meet. And if you think that the makeover is all for free, it’s not always true.
Normally, TV networks announce a casting call for those who’d like to have a home makeover. Location is an important consideration which means you have to live close to the city center or live within the city.
Some producers are also after an energetic and charming personality who is not shy to face the camera so not everyone who applies can be accepted. Applicants may have to submit photos or a video of themselves and their property. Having some skills in do-it-yourself projects is also beneficial as the host or his staff may involve you in the makeover work.
You should know too that the cost of the renovation work is not always free. Some shows will require you to pay the bills. In Clean House, however, they sometimes shoulder part of the expense as long as you put some unused stuff on a yard sale and earn at least the minimum amount they need. For the other shows such as 10 Grand in Your Hand, you will need a $20,000 budget and $5,000 for Sweat Equity.
As for the house, an old house with lots of features is usually popular. Some shows require families to stay temporarily in a hotel for a few days while the makeover is being done while some involve family members in the simple do-it-yourself tasks.
So don’t just jump on the chance to have a home makeover. Do your homework first so you won’t get disappointed.
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