Extreme Makeover Home Edition: A Materialistic View?

By Amanda Tyler

The show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition that airs on the ABC network is a show thats main point is to find people with an unfortunate story or an unsafe home or both and demolish their existing house and rebuild the family a large, brand new home. Most of the time the story is tragic, heartbreaking and could bring you to tears, anyone with a heart would feel bad.

The house on the top is an example of a house the cast of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition decided to visit and rebuild. Before the project started, you can see the house is a small ranch. In the after photo you would not be able to tell that this is even the same lot. The new house is completely different and a lot larger.



Cameras follow the cast of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition for 7 days while the selected family goes on a “surprise,” paid vacation. The cast spends the 7 days demolishing the family’s house and rebuilding a brand new, extravagant house, consisting of large open spaces, amazing yards and at least one surprise along the way. The surprises could consist of famous guests, extra money for oil or groceries, cars and sometimes an “outside” company will pay the mortgage on the house so the family doesn’t need to worry about it.

Extreme Makeover has worked with Sears for many years now. In an agreement between Sears and Extreme Makeover, Sears appears in the show every week to donate appliances, tools, and more. An article focusing on Sears and their product placement campaign stated, “Not only does Extreme Makeover feature Sears brands like Kenmore, Craftsman tools and Land’s End…but the retailer itself is a character on the show, helping people solve problems and providing the good life to deserving people.”

If you take a second to think about the effects of these houses, the long-term consequences may not look so glorious after all. These houses are built for families who (most of) already have financial difficulty. After the cast comes and builds a whole new house, how are the families supposed to pay their mortgage on a house twice the size of the one they had before?

All in all the thought behind Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is a wonderful thought, but does anyone really need the huge houses and the extravagant furniture, the meeting of celebrities or a brand new car? How do families, who are struggling financially before the show, pay for all the renovations and expenses it takes to own and take care of a huge home like the one above or below? Share your thoughts!