How to Be in a Home Makeover Show

Posted on: 13th August 2013

Home improvement programs like Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and The Block have smitten us into envisioning ourselves to be on their home makeover show. Since many homeowners featured on these shows not only gain free design help but also have a portion or all of the improvement costs paid for by the show, starring on a home makeover show sounds like a dream come true.


Though the popularity of home makeover shows mean that casting calls are limited and competition for shows is high, it’s actually not impossible to score a spot onto one of these shows. Persistence, a shining personality and a willingness to work are a must, but if you possess these qualities, your chance of starring in a home makeover show is worth the effort.

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Have you always dreamed of starring on a home makeover show? If so, here are some things you will need to go about realizing your dream!


  1. Choose a show. Of course, you have to watch a specific program from different home improvement networks in Australua. Also, it is important that you visit its website. Because you have to know how it goes – not just the before and after segments. You have to be interested in the hosts, the designers and other key persons involved in the whole process. The same thing applies with the types of families that got their chance to be in the program.
  2. Make your story interesting. Everyone has his/her own version of why he/she deserves a home makeover. But you have to grab their attention. Be forthcoming, frank and articulate. Make them laugh. Make them feel the tension or conflict that arises out of the chaos and drabness of your home.
  3. Provide plenty of pictures. You have to give something to the designers to work on with. So take wide shots -- north, south, east and west (so you get a picture of every wall in the room). Make sure there is good lighting when you take the pictures and they should be in colour. And taking a minute to tidy things up isn't a bad idea, either.
  4. Do not give up. If at first you don't succeed, don’t lose hope. There are plenty of reasons why you might not get the green light on your first application. Increase your odds by giving the show second and third choice rooms, as well as picking rooms large enough to hold all the crew (sound, camera, and production people), directors, hosts and equipment that come with a project. Generally, rooms should be at least 12 by 14 feet.
  5. Be positive and patient. It might take a while before you get a response from the design team. And you have to take note that if you are chosen, shooting could take place during the week or on weekends, and it will disrupt your life. So, you asked for it, then deal with it with a cheerful and grateful attitude. In the end, it's worth it. Even if you were asked to contribute something, getting a brand-new room is still a bargain as that would never cover the cost of the design team's time and expertise. Changes are meant to be dramatic and often include new flooring, custom window coverings, crown mouldings, top-of-the-line or custom-made furniture, new carpets and accessories. One more benefit: a chatty design team and regular coffee breaks offers the chance to learn some dos and don'ts about decorating the rest of your house.

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