Nicole Curtis saves the inept from themselves on HGTV’s ‘Rehab Addict Rescue’

'Rehab Addict Rescue' – Salvation for the overwhelmed DIY-er

Nicole Curtis

Many homeowners attempting a renovation are guilty of it. They bite off more than they can chew, give up and call a professional. If they’re smart.

That’s where Nicole Curtis comes in in her series “Rehab Addict Rescue.” Premiering Thursday, Jan. 28, on HGTV (and also streaming on discovery+), the eight-episode series follows Curtis as she rides to the rescue for Detroit-area DIY-ers who are totally overwhelmed by the renovation process.

“They want quick results easily and that’s just not how it works,” Curtis, also the host of HGTV’s “Rehab Addict,” explains. “They then get frustrated and want to throw in the towel. Majority of the homeowners had at least a dozen started but never finished projects in their houses. We focused on a few major ones to get them back on track, but by no means was the whole house done by the time we left. I don’t think it’s fair to do all the work for them.”

In each episode, Curtis helps identify and tackle the home’s major issues, such as electrical and plumbing updates and structural repairs, and with any leftover budget she and the homeowners go after beauty projects like reviving hardwood floors, upgrading kitchens and bathrooms and bringing original architectural elements back to life.

The backgrounds of the homeowners vary, says Curtis, but one common thread is all had little to no DIY skills. And a few didn’t even know how to do something as basic as use a screwdriver, which took Curtis aback.

“I really thought a few were making fun of me …,” Curtis says, “Righty-tighty-lefty-loosey – I taught that to my children when they were toddlers.”

But it was authenticity Curtis was seeking in homeowners and she found it where a lot of people find other people, social media.

“I put a message out on Instagram that I was going to help a few people,” Curtis says. “I then jumped in my truck with my team a few hours later and we actually showed up at their houses to check them out. It was so much fun, they had no idea that I would really do that. It was a late Sunday night in the middle of a blizzard and no time for anyone to fake or prepare. I wanted real people, real projects and we definitely got them.”

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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