It’s a show that captured our hearts – cash-strapped families getting home makeovers they never could have afforded otherwise. But were you aware of the ugly truth behind “Extreme Makeover”? It may be all smiles on the set, but behind the scenes, some of the lucky recipients may not be so lucky after all.
For one, after the show is done, they have to deal with all the taxes, repairs, and upkeep associated with their new home. Managing your own real estate is no easy task, and many of the families have neither the experience nor the time to handle the maintenance of their new mini-mansions. As of 2012, a half-dozen “Extreme Makeover” homes have been put right back on the market after their owners couldn’t afford to keep them.
There have also been lawsuits with neighbors and local businesses. One family had to move out of their home because a local church accused them of exploiting the community!
There are also whispers of controversy when it comes to how the show chooses its families. Industry insiders have claimed that the showrunners deliberately look for needy recipients, such as war veterans and households with disabilities, to provide the best rags-to-riches stories for the show. However, as noted above, lower-income families often have the hardest time adjusting to their new upgrades.
These are just a few of the reasons why “Extreme Makeover” ends badly for the families involved. The next you’re tempted to watch, keep these facts in mind.