I started watching Holmes Inspection (on HGTV) mostly by accident; my spouse loves it and sometimes sheer inertia would keep me on the couch when he would turn it on. Mike Holmes is a charismatic Canadian home builder/contractor who specializes in fixing the horrifying mistakes that other contractors made, and home inspectors missed. He shows the hapless homeowners just how bad their house is before proceeding to fix all of the problems with his attractive crew.
I feel my experience of watching Holmes Inspection is best expressed by listing actual or paraphrased quotes uttered by me while watching the show.
“How did the homeowners not notice that?”
“Is there some sort of epidemic of neglectful home inspectors in Canada?”
“Why are they obsessed with that blue spray foam?”
Me: “Is that all door frames are?” Spouse: “I don’t understand your question, so I can’t answer it.”
“So that’s what all those little chimneys on roofs are for!”
“Why is it so bad for wood to touch dirt?” One minute later: “”¦Oh.”
“Isn’t he going to put gloves on? I think he should put gloves on.”
“How have more people not been killed by their terribly-constructed homes?”
“Why don’t they just knock the house down and start over?”
“I don’t see why the homeowner is crying now. Mike Holmes is going to fix everything for free.”