I understand that TLC changed the narrator for the BBC series, choosing to add voiceovers of their own. Does anyone know if the changes are substantive or is this basically what BBC viewers heard as well?
As for people being robbed blind, around here we are always warned not to let any firm that isn't local and that we can't check the credentials of work on houses or yards. I have no idea if the American version of travelers are what we're being warned about, but I always just assumed it made sense to stick to contractors etc. whom you know you can contact later about the work, as opposed to someone who's moving on to another town. I'd rather pay the going rate than try to get a better deal that's riskier on a major repair project. Personally, my tree guy is an immigrant from the Ukraine, and he's cheap, fast, and does great work. However, he's also local. And my roofer is a guy who's been in the business for decades.