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Where is Renovation 911 Filmed? HGTV Filming Locations

  • April 1, 2023

HGTV’s ‘Renovation 911’ is a home improvement show that follows emergency restoration experts and sisters — Kirsten Meehan and Lindsey Uselding — who take up emergency renovation projects for properties damaged by fire, storm, or any other catastrophe, across their home city and surrounding areas. In the show, the sisters rush to the disaster scene and combine their skills — Kirsten specializes in construction and design while Lindsey looks after logistics and insurance — to provide the homeowners with the right renovation plan.

Apart from transforming damaged homes, Kirsten and Lindsey help their clients emotionally through empathy, warmth, humor, and reassurance. Since the duo is based in and operates from Minneapolis, the entire show unfolds in and around the City of Lakes. The sisters take up projects in different neighborhoods and put their complementary skills to good use. So, if you wonder about the filming sites of ‘Renovation 911,’ we have you covered!

Renovation 911 Filming Locations

‘Renovation 911’ is filmed in Minnesota, especially in Minneapolis–Saint Paul. Principal photography for the debut season of the home improvement series seemingly commenced in April 2022 and wrapped up in early 2023. So, let’s not waste time and get a detailed account of the specific locations where the two sisters work their magic on different damaged properties in the HGTV show!

Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Minnesota

Almost all the pivotal sequences for ‘Renovation 911’ are lensed in the metropolitan area of Minneapolis–Saint Paul. Also commonly known as the Twin Cities, it is where Kirsten Meehan and Lindsey Uselding run their cleanup and renovation firm. Thus, it makes sense for the production team to set up camp on location and document the lives of the two siblings as they do their jobs fixing people’s damaged properties.

The show features exterior shots of different neighborhoods and interiors

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Why U.S. homes need further remodeling, expert explains

  • March 28, 2023

Harvard University Remodeling Futures Program Director Carlos Martin joins Yahoo Finance Live to discuss home improvement and repair spending, the need for additional investments in aging homes, and the outlook for the U.S. housing sector.

Video Transcript

JARED BLIKE: Household routines and the use of living space in homes changed drastically after the COVID-19 pandemic as people began to spend less time outside. Home improvement and repair spending soared to an estimated $567 billion last year, according to a report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. Despite this impressive investment, the research suggests, well, guess what? American homes will need further changes to prepare for disasters, improve energy efficiency, and meet the needs of an aging population. So here to discuss is Harvard University’s remodeling futures program director Carlos Martín. And Carlos, thank you for joining us today. Just break down here what you’re working on for us, please.

CARLOS MARTIN: Sure. Thank you. I mean, you hit the headline right now with regard to the levels of spending that occurred, particularly during the pandemic. And that passed in real terms the past boom in the mid 2000s. I think what’s most interesting out of this is really that not only did individuals spend more per project– and some of that was due to inflation– but also that the range of people, of homeowners that were doing improvements, increased. It wasn’t just the higher end, upper end market doing bathroom and kitchen remodels. It was a wide range of project particularly among middle income owners.

BRAD SMITH: And so this at a time where we’re still waiting for much more capacity to come online, especially in some urban cities, urban areas where that can start to drive down the rent costs that have absolutely skyrocketed, as there has been

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Majority of Americans think home renovations take longer than planned: survey

  • July 27, 2022

More than half of Americans think their home improvement project will take longer than planned, according to a survey from Angi.  (iStock)

The majority of Americans (52%) believe that home improvement projects will take longer than expected, but many are still confident in their ability to do the projects themselves, according to a survey from Angi.

U.S. home improvement sales are projected to increase to more than $550 billion this year as more Americans choose to do their remodeling projects themselves, according to Statista.

When looking at cost, women were 10% more likely than men to believe that DIY renovations would save money over hiring a professional, the survey said. Separately, about 12% of millennials said they thought renovations wouldn’t break the bank. 

The survey also said that 74% of Americans have some confidence in their ability to oversee a home renovation project, but 20% have no idea about permit requirements for common home renovations

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Gen X believes home renovations add value

Many Americans believe their renovation projects will add value to their home, the Angi survey said. 

About 42% of Gen X, or those born between 1965 and 1981, are convinced that home value is added through renovations. This is compared to 31% of millennials and 32% of baby boomers.

Some home updates do seem to pay off, though. For example, a minor bathroom remodel has an average 102% return at resale, according to HGTV. Landscaping

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Despite Fewer Canadians Planning Home Renovations Over the Next 12 Months, Those That do Intend to Renovate are Likely to Spend Nearly Double, According to Home

  • July 20, 2022

TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Despite national inflation, rising interest rates, and a volatile public market, a new survey from HomeStars reveals that Canadian homeowners have spent significantly more on renovations this year than in years past. On average, those who completed indoor renovations in the last 12 months spent $13,000, up from $8,300 last year. Although more Canadians have indicated an intention to pause home renovations in the coming year, and even with rising material and labour costs, it is estimated that Canadian homeowners on average, will double their total home reno spending this upcoming year.

With 80 per cent of respondents reporting to have cash on hand to fund planned home renovations, there was an average increase of 57 per cent in total spending for indoor renovations, demonstrating that Canadians want to reinvest where they’re living. Along with increased spending, HomeStars also saw the continued trend that Canadians want to stay put. Three-in-four (76 per cent) of those surveyed reported that they are not considering moving in the next 12 months, while 14 per cent are currently undecided.

“Given the unique climate that Canadians are currently living in, we were surprised to see the increase in home renovation investments made over the past 12 months,” says Shir Magen, CEO of HomeStars. “We’re seeing pandemic changes year-over-year; however, what’s interesting with this year’s data is that despite pandemic restrictions easing, Canadians aren’t reverting to their pre-pandemic tendencies. We’re seeing that homeowners are sticking to the renovation spending habits that they had at the height of the pandemic, and for the second year in a row, the extra funds that might have been used for travel or entertainment are instead being reinvested into their homes.”

Though most of Canada has eased out of many pandemic restrictions, the pandemic continued to motivate

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Renovating During Inflation

  • July 16, 2022

With inflation at a 40-year high and mortgage rates more than 2% points higher than they were six months ago (and continuing to climb), you might find that now is not the right time to buy a new home. Instead, it might be time to love the one you already own.

Need a little help feeling good about staying put for the time being? Then perhaps, it’s time for a remodel project to turn your house into the home you’ve always dreamed about.

Before you run away screaming at the thought of renovating, hear us out.

A remodel could increase the overall value of your home, which would be beneficial if you consider selling in the future. (And maybe a home face-lift will make you want to stay put.)

“Renovation projects are a great way to retain the value of your money in a high-inflation environment,” says Rick Berres, owner of Honey-Doers, a Lakeville, MN–based company that provides residential remodeling services. “But you shouldn’t put yourself into debt doing so.”

While the prices for everything from lumber to labor might be higher, it’s still possible to embark on a home remodel project without draining your bank account. Here’s how.

Is a home improvement project worth it right now?

While the cost of renovating your home will depend on square footage, the region you live in, and what you’d like to get done, the average home remodel costs anywhere from $25,000 on the low end to $76,000 on the high end.

And the latest remodeling impact report from the National Association of Realtors® found that Americans spent about $420 billion in 2020 on home remodeling projects. The majority remodeled for the following reasons:

  • To upgrade worn-out surfaces, finishes, and materials
  • To add features and improve livability
  • To simply make a
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Kentuckians chose remodeling homes, rather than selling to

  • June 21, 2022

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Home values are up 20% across the country, according to research from Zillow earlier this year. Homeowners are deciding to remodel and make improvements to their current home to increase value rather than selling their homes. It’s making Kentucky home improvement companies like N-Hance busier than ever. 

What You Need To Know

  • N-Hance is a home improvement company based in Lexington, Louisville and Northern Kentucky
  • Kenneth Koger serves as the owner of the Lexington location of N-Hance
  • Home improvement trends that are impacting Kentucky homeowners are floor refinishing, color on cabinets & cabinet refinishing & door replacement
  • Koger says the difference between remodeling and replacing features like cabinets can cost $12,000


There are three popular home improvement trends happening right now in Kentucky. It includes floor refinishing, color on cabinets, cabinet refinishing and door replacement. The trend is what’s keeping 21-year-old Josh Stump on his toes. 

“I do something different [home improvement project], just about every day,” said Stump.

Stump is the lead technician for N-Hance, started right out of high school. The Lexington based home improvement company does 3-4 home improvements per week. Stump is originally from Georgetown, but has spent the last four years working in Lexington for N-Hance and says he’s busier than ever cabinet improvements.

“All the draw slides and boxes get removed, then pretty much anything you see in the kitchen gets covered with paper and plastic. The only thing that will be showing whenever we get done taping is the wood framing,” said Stump.

Lexington home owner, Paul Cantrell’s kitchen before home improvement team begins refinishing his cabinets. (Spectrum News 1/Diamond Palmer)

He relies on his team to help him lay paper and plastic to protect the homeowners appliances and floors before paint goes on. Stump also relies on

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20 Home Renovations That Will Hurt Your Home’s Value

  • June 16, 2022
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Your home isn’t just a source of pride or a place where you can relax after a long day — it’s also an investment in your family’s future.

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And while it’s natural to want to make improvements to increase your home’s resale value, some renovations will actually cost you money in the long run. Just because you see something as an improvement doesn’t mean a potential buyer will feel the same way. Find out which renovations are ones to avoid.

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Roman Rybaleov / Shutterstock.com

Lavish Lighting Fixtures

One common home improvement mistake is falling in love with unique or lavish light fixtures, said Alon Barzilay, founder of real estate development company Urban Conversions.

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“Whether it be ceiling-mounted lights in a dining room or a hanging pendant, there is a psychological phenomenon that happens when you go to a lighting store … you’re going to pick something exciting and new instead of picking a new addition that suddenly matches the big picture,” Barzilay said.

Further, the passage of trends works against homeowners. “Whatever is in vogue today will look dated 10 years down the road when you are ready to sell,” he said. “Simple is best. Fortunately, lighting can easily be switched out at a low cost.”

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Too Much Wallpaper

With its patterns and texture, wallpaper can be an overwhelming design choice for your home. Plus, it’s notoriously difficult to remove. Homebuyers might view wallpaper removal as a potential headache, and it could be the tipping point for someone who wants a more move-in ready

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15 Best Home Improvement Shows

  • June 13, 2022

We’ve all been there: You look around your home and can’t help but notice all the little—or big—things that need to be fixed, renovated, or refreshed. Maybe you’d like some new kitchen decor, or you still need to make those bathroom organization ideas a reality. Or perhaps you’d love to add value to your home with a DIY coffee station or home library.

Well, if you need a little extra motivation to take that first step, look no further than the best home improvement shows on TV. The friendly hosts and genius tips will inspire you to finally tackle that DIY project you’ve been daydreaming about (but putting off) for months.

Many of the series on this list are HGTV classics like Flip or Flop and Good Bones. But there are plenty of other shows out there making a name for themselves. Tidying Up with Marie Kondo took social media by storm when it first aired on Netflix in 2019.

Even if you aren’t ready to demo a wall or refurbish furniture on your own, these home renovation shows are still wildly entertaining and, honestly, downright soothing, too. Take a look at the list below, and then tell us which one is your favorite in the comments!

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This mother-daughter duo has taken the world of home renovation by storm with their super popular HGTV show. Their ability to remodel rundown homes into jaw-dropping works of art is unmatched.


This show brings a whole new meaning to the phrase cabin fever! It follows a handy group as they travel around Maine to revamp old and abandoned cabins.


Tidying Up with Marie Kondo


Marie Kondo just might be the queen of organization. Watch her as she helps homeowners reclaim their

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