Hometime top-ten most frequently asked questions
do I get my house on Hometime?
of you have really special houses and plans for some interesting
renovation projects. We wish we could come work with you—but we
We're sorry to say that we probably will not be able to come work on your home. There are two primary reasons for that. First and foremost, because we keep several projects going at a time and bounce around among them, we work almost exclusively in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area of Minnesota. Second, there are many, many factors that we have to consider in picking a home and a project. The chances that your project will satisfy all of these factors are pretty slim. In fact, in almost 20 years of doing Hometime we've never received an unsolicited proposal that has come close to meeting all our requirements. Occasionally (every 5-10 years it seems) we quietly spread the word in the surrounding towns here that we're looking for local projects. If you live near Chaska, Minnesota you should keep your eye on the suburban newspapers.
Will you give me advice on my project?
and here's why. Last time you discussed a project with someone,
we bet it wasn't long before you said, "Wait. Got a pen? Let me
draw what I mean." It's really hard to give advice about a project
you can't see. All it would take is the slightest miscommunication
on your part or the tiniest misunderstanding on our part about the
scope of the project, and we'd be unintentionally giving you advice
that won't really help your situation. You'd be mad at us, our lawyers
would be mad at us…
what you do: talk to your neighbors; log onto a good home-improvement
forum; watch a tape and read a book or two; call your local building
department; pay a contractor for their advice. Trust us, if you
do this you'll figure out how to get the job done.
can I get more information about that thingamajig I saw on the show?
of our show highlights and past episode pages contain information
about the products shown. If the product you saw was on a recent
PBS episode, start your search with current
programming. If you saw the product on a past episode, start
in the past shows section.
do I get my exciting new home-improvement product on your show?
will be happy to consider your product for use on Hometime
if you snail-mail us a press kit and product literature (photographs
really help). Please do not send videotapes or product samples;
we'll call and ask for them if we need them. Our address is:
ATTN: New products
4355 Peavey Rd.
Chaska, MN 55318
get too excited about the possibilities, though. We receive
hundreds of proposals each month for products that people feel should
be on Hometime. Only very rarely do these proposals fit in
with our construction, schedule, and show concepts.
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