3 home improvement tips from HGTV’s ‘Farmhouse Fixer’

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HGTV farm repairman with New Kids on the Block star Jonathan Knight focuses on helping people spruce up their farms. This time around, Knight helps Erin and Jason Russell fix up their house, which was built in the 1970s. Knight says he likes this house because it has an “old colonial feel to it.”

Jonathan and Erin want to add some California flair to their New England home. “We spend a lot of time in California, we spend a lot of time here in New England, and this house has the opportunity to incorporate some of the California style that we love, but pairing it with part of the historic house. and classic New England. styles too,” Jason explains during his interview with the producers.

In this episode, Knight transforms a 1970s farmhouse into a modern space with eye-catching features. Here are some tips from the Home Improvement Show.

1. Prepare for unexpected costs

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When renovating a farmhouse, be prepared for unexpected expenses. These homes tend to be older and larger, so costs can be high. After speaking with Knight, Jason and Erin learned that it would cost $30,000 to paint the exterior of their house. The total cost to repair the house (including flooring, electrical, etc.) would be between $270,000 and $290,000.

2. Look for deals at thrift stores and antique stores

When it’s time to design your new space, it’s easy to overspend. However, you don’t have to buy everything new. Knight and design partner Kristina Crestin saved a few bucks by purchasing design elements from thrift and antique stores. Although items from thrift stores tend to be less expensive, you can also find a bargain at an antique store.

During an episode of HGTV Steal this house, designer Cristy Lee was able to find reasonably priced kitchen doors at an antique store. It pays to shop around and see all your options.

3. Expect Creatures

Don’t be surprised if you find unexpected guests on demo day. Knight says his least favorite part of a renovation is “finding creatures in the wall.” At some point during farm repairman Season 2 Episode 1 (titled “Repacks: Battle at the Barn”), two mice jumped off the wall as the workers began to take it down.

If you get sick of the creatures, you might want to stay away when it’s time to start the renovations. You don’t know what you’ll find behind the walls. “I hate mice,” Knight says. “They’re just scary.”

The take-out sale

farm repairman offers many tips and tricks if you are looking to buy a farm. Buying a new home is exciting, but remember to keep in mind some of the unexpected bumps in the road.

Have cash aside for surprises, look for deals, and enter with an open mind. You’ll have your dream home – and maybe a few extra bucks in your pocket – when all is said and done.

farm repairman airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on HGTV.

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