How to be on HGTV and Get Help with Your Home Improvement Projects

I know sometimes when your sitting there watching HGTV you wonder, “How can I get my house remodeled for free?” Well, “Where do you think they get the couples and families who are on the popular Home Improvement channel HGTV? They get people from casting companies. They look for homeowners who are interested in completing certain projects or looking for help with certain home improvement aspects. They also look for people who fit a certain niche for their shows “Secrets That Sell”, “Design on a Dime” and other popular shows that appear on HGTV.

When you go to the HGTV website, look on the bottom menu and you will see the category “Be On HGTV”. They will let you know for what shows they are casting for and in what areas they are searching to tape in. Most tapings are filmed in certain areas like Chicago and California’s suburban areas. Different casting companies’ book for different shows. Sometimes they open the search up to other areas and on occasion they look for people in the New York, New Jersey or tri-state area.

Since I live in New Jersey and recently moved to a single family home, I decided to submit my families’ information with hopes of being picked for a home makeover. Some shows ask you to contribute a certain amount of money for remodeling and they will help you with their knowledgeable staff of professionals to create a unique look for your home within your given budget. They maximize your budget by providing the labor and creative ideas. All in exchange for you letting them come into your home and tape the project from beginning to end. The final result will be neatly packaged in a usually half hour segment that shows how they created your newly designed look.

The application process is lengthy but it may be worth it. They ask for room dimensions as well as photos of the front and back of your house and of your family members. They also ask for age and occupations for all people in the household. It may seem like a lot when you’re going through it but just think if they pick you. The rooms they create usually look amazing. My favorite show is “Design on a Dime” where they give you a $1000 budget (their money) and turn one room into a completely designed makeover.

For “Don’t Sweat It” with Steve Mason, the casting directors at CityLights are looking for specific characteristics:

“Ideal homeowners should be fun and energetic people who are enthusiastic about receiving a helping a hand in home improvement. The commitment is two consecutive shoot days in which you and your spouse/significant other/kids can be available for filming and allow our hosts, builders, and production crew into your home. All you need is the desire and willingness to roll up your sleeves and join the hosts in the project building. We would like to consider you for one of our episodes, but we need more information about you and your home.”

To apply logon to http://casting.citylightstv.com/DSIapply.htm

Nancy Glass Productions also casts for shows on HGTV, Fine Living and more.

Currently they are looking for homeowners in the PA, NJ, NY, DE area for their shows “Spice Up My Kitchen” and “Rip and Renew”.

The show “Rip and Renew” is looking for homeowners who are ready to add real character to one specific room in the house by building in new architectural details.

Applications can be completed at nancyglassproductions.com.

You must fill out a separate application for each show and you must complete the entire application or it won’t be considered. You must also include digital photos.

For complete instructions and requirements check out the websites listed above.