It seems like there’s a reality TV show for just about everything these days, whether it’s crab fishing or chocolate-making, and the home improvement industry has not escaped. In fact, TV shows about rebuilding or redesigning or even just buying homes have flooded the networks, which means a lot of exposure for the industries–as well as a lot of misinformation. After all, “reality” television tends to resemble actual reality less than one might assume, and these shows can often give both homeowners and people looking to get into the home improvement industry the wrong idea about how it really works.

Why We’re Asking

Media portrayals are almost always sensationalized and simplified, to the point of being almost unrecognizable. Television would have you believe that a home can be demolished and rebuilt in a single day, or that jobs like digging under houses to root out pests are all fun and games. Our experts across the industry deal with the reality of home improvement and maintenance on a daily basis–and often encounter the myths that television has encouraged. No one is better suited to help us sort fact from fiction.

So tell us, experts:

What do you think of television portrayals of your industry?

Are there any shows that do a good job of reflecting reality? How about bad ones?

What unrealistic expectations have you come up against as a result of media portrayals?

Have you ever hired a new employee and had to correct their TV-inspired ideas about the industry?

If your business had a TV show, what would it focus on?

Real life is rarely as glamorous as television–even “reality” television. We look forward to hearing about the discrepancies between reality and what you’ve seen on the small screen!

Experts, post your answers in the comment field below!