Yes, it's formulaic. Yes, some variety in the order of the segments would be a nice change. However, having renovated several homes I couldn't disagree more with those complaining that Hillary 'always falls through' on the homeowner's wish list.
As bummed as everyone is with what happens during renovations it is COMPLETELY realistic. I understand that the homeowners disappointment &, hopefully, their subsequent enthusiasm for the eventual make-over result is a major part of the shows tension / suspense.
There is a great deal to learn from watching these couples go through these processes. Their wish-list budgets are uniformly unrealistic. Additionally, the homeowners are so gobsmacked that Hillary cannot repair undisclosed mechanical or structural issues within their existing home while still giving them everything that their budget would never have been enough to cover in the first place even had every thing run smoothly.
I am consistently impressed by the dramatic improvements Hillary's team is able to give these style & space-challenged homes. Yup, I'm a fan!
Nothing about the show is realistic. The major problems that crop up are never fixed but are just glossed over. Example, water in basement, plumbing issues, etc. The homeowners always see enormous gains in the home's value which is of course ridiculous since most renovations do not give you such a large increase in value. The concept is silly.
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