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Most helpful home improvement shows?

GardnerkitchenAre home improvement TV shows really helpful? Or are they just content wrapped around commercials?

AOL has put together a list of its 17 most useful home improvement TV shows:

Take Home Handyman (TLC), Dream House (HGTV), What’s With That House? (HGTV), Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC), Flipping Out (Bravo), Toolbelt Diva (DIY), House Hunters (HGTV), Bought and Sold (HGTV), Designed to Sell (HGTV), Freestyle (HGTV), How Clean Is Your House? (BBC America), This Old House (PBS and DIY), Curb Appeal (HGTV), Design Star (HGTV), Divine Design (HGTV), Flip This House (A&E), and Trading Spaces (TLC).

Do you agree?

My pet peeve: Most property flipping shows do not factor in the real estate agent’s commission, or loan costs, or points, or carrying costs. So the final tally that shows their amazing profit is a bit bogus. Also, when a show is all about how much a house is worth, I’d like to see a follow-up segment to determine if the homeowners were in fact able to sell or refinance the house based on that value. And these shows that stage homes to sell? Sometimes I’ll notice $20,000 in new furniture showing up in the house with no mention in the stated budget. Where did all those expensive pieces come from? A little more financial reality in these reality shows would be nice, thank you very much.

Your thoughts? Opinions? Pet peeves?

(Photo: Courtesy of Liese Gardner)

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