‘Roll up your sleeves’: Scott McGillivray on how he hopes the new season of his home reno series inspires Canadians

By Savoula Stylianou

Does your house have a problem? Luckily, Scott McGillivray makes house calls. The Canadian TV host is back for season three of his web series Scott’s House Call, where he goes into people’s homes to help them renovate one area of their house – all in one day!

“I really feel like this digital series allows us to get a little more authentic, a little more real, like we’re just in the moment,” Scott told HELLO! Canada. “We only have a day so we are really just filming the elements that are naturally occurring in that space, in that moment.”

Each episode runs between five and six minutes, giving audiences “bite-sized” content to consume in a short period of time. This season of Scott’s House Call is bigger than ever, from a miraculous basement makeover to a massive deck and backyard redux that Scott calls “outstanding.”

“This year, we really decided to scale up the renovations so we’re taking on bigger projects,” he said. “I think it was ambitious to say the least, but it’s super exciting.”

Scott said his goal for the digital series is to inspire people to take an active role in their home renovations.

“This is kind of a grassroots series where people see what it’s like to be able to do these things quickly on a small budget, and probably on their own,” he said. “If you were willing to roll up your sleeves with your family and do this over a weekend, you probably could.”

What’s Scott’s number one advice to fans looking to make major changes in their lives? Just get started.

“I think that’s the best advice I can give to people, whether it’s a renovation, whether it’s their finances. Don’t let starting be the thing that stops you.”

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Incredible renovations aside, Scott’s House Call is a part-time gig for dad-of-two Scott, who shares daughters Myah and Layla with his wife Sabrina.

“I’m a full-time dad, that’s the most important thing,” he said. “My kids are at the best age I’ve ever had them at. They’re five and seven years old and they’re pretty much best friends, which as a dad is something you really want to see and you hope lasts forever.”

Scott and Sabrina also celebrated their eleventh wedding anniversary last month, and their kids helped them do so. He said there are two celebrations: He and Sabrina mark the occasion as a couple, and the next night celebrate being a family as a whole.

“We all go out for dinner and the kids love it and then we come home and watch a movie and we let them stay up a little bit so they feel like they’re a part of it,” he said. “To them, our anniversary is like a birthday party for them.”

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The McGillivrays might have two future carpenters on their hands, with their two girls already taking a keen interest in Scott’s job.

“They watch the episodes and they’ll say, ‘Dad, you renovated that bathroom in a day. Can I help you do that?’ or they’ll start naming things I’ve said in the show. They’ll see my tools and say, ‘Dad, that’s a jackhammer and that’s a skill saw or a circular saw.’ It’s amazing to me.”

You can catch Dr. Scott making home renovation house calls with new episodes posted to Facebook and Youtube every Thursday this summer.

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