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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Property Brothers is a real estate and renovation show that offers some information and inspiration about buying, renovating, and even decorating a home. Despite some images of home construction-related logos (Lumber Liquidators, Kenmore, etc.) and an occasional champagne or wine toast, there isn't much to worry about here. It's not the kind of thing kids will clamor for, but parents and kids might enjoy the show together.
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What's the story?
PROPERTY BROTHERS is a Canadian reality series starring real estate expert brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott helping people purchase extreme fixer-uppers and renovating them into their dream homes. After shocking potential buyers with the sales price of a move-in ready home that meets their every desire, the brothers convince them that purchasing a cheaper, outdated house and updating it will give them the home they want at a more affordable price. Real-estate agent Drew shows them potential house options, and helps buyers narrow them down to two choices. Contractor Jonathan then uses computer graphic images (CGI) to show them what each house can look like after they are redone. Once the buyers decide on the property they want to buy, Drew works to help them purchase it, and Jonathan works hard to repair and upgrade it within their limited budget and time frame. The process doesn't always always go as expected, but the brothers do everything they can to make sure that they have happy clients when it is over.
Is it any good?
Property Brothers offers a fun and interesting wake-up call to viewers who are thinking about purchasing a home by underscoring the actual costs and the many difficult decisions involved in both buying a move-in ready home, and in renovating an outdated one. It also shows how buyers have to be ready to deal with unexpected problems and costs during renovations, especially when dealing with older homes, in order to ensure that that the structures are safe, secure, and up to code.
The brothers are definitely likable, but the show's real entertainment value comes from seeing the fixer-uppers -- which range from old and dirty to hideously ugly -- and then actually looking at the finished product. Homebuyers and homeowners alike may get inspired by what they see here, but ultimately, there isn't much here for kids to get particularly excited about.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the popularity of real estate-related shows. Can viewers rely on getting valuable information about buying and/or renovating properties from TV programs? Do you think the beautiful renovations featured on these shows and online are as nice and/or finished in real life?
What TV shows are fun for your whole family? Do parents like kid shows, or do kids like any grown-up shows in your house?