If HGTV is your main reference point for pricing out your dream home renovation projects, you may be underestimating the actual costs.

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The New Yorker recently did a deep dive on HGTV and explained why that is: “HGTV shows use the real money of homeowners to cover the cost of renovations, but producers may quietly incorporate discounted goods and services, in a way that jumbles our sense of what seventy-five thousand dollars can buy. Steve Ford [co-host of the HGTV show “Home Again with the Fords”] acknowledged that participants ‘are getting more for their buck than they should,’ and said that an HGTV viewer could be forgiven for thinking, ‘Oh, I can do this! I can make this crazy thing happen at my house that should be in a magazine. And I can do it for X dollars!'”