Regulars to this blog know that a number of us are regular watchers of House Hunters on HGTV. Recently it was revealed that the shows are scripted, that some of the houses viewed were not really for sale, and that at least one buyer had already chosen the house before the show was filmed.
Oh, the betrayal! I am shocked!
You mean they don’t really just look at 3 houses before buying one? You mean that all those guys talking about wainscoting and lighting fixtures and how they HATE carpeting were fed those lines and may be typical guys would not know wainscoting if it hit them in the head? You mean that maybe every single person in the world is not horrified to find brass faucets in a house?
Of course it is scripted. At least I hope so. I’d hate to believe that the entire population of my world consists of people who have nothing in common with me.
Here is what I mean. Often—very often— on that show the female (and sometimes the male) walks into a perfectly functional, decent kitchen, looks around and announces “Eeuww, this is not what I want. I would have to gut all of this right away.” Or maybe it will be a bathroom. Gut it, mind you. Not update it. Not live with something less than perfect for a few years while the money is saved. It must be gutted NOW, immediately after closing on the house.
When we bought our current home, the oven was—- avocado green. And it still worked fine, more’s the pity. I did not cross the house off the list due to that oven (which I did not like, in case that is not clear) and I did not replace it right away. I certainly did not gut the kitchen, even though some of the kitchens decreed as gut-worthy on this show are much better looking than this kitchen was.
Partly it was money. After buyng a house the savings account is normally depleted, and we aren’t talking about a new lipstick here. Gutting a kitchen and doing the granite/stainless steel/island/fancy cabinet/move the plumbing rehab is probably a forty grand project, minimum, if you contract the work. That is a lot of money. Well, at least to me it is. (I know what you are thinking—that if we did it ourselves it would not cost nearly that much. Except DH is not “handy” and all my friends who had husbands remodel a kitchen lived with a construction site for years. . .)
Even more than money was the anticipation of all that energy depletion. I find moving a huge hassle. An exhausting enterprise. A hell of a lot of work!! The very notion of launching into major renovations, even with a contractor, immediately after a move makes me twitch.
After I move I can live with anything so long as I don’t have to do house stuff for a long time.
So I am relieved to know that the show is scripted. Now I can believe that these house hunters are really people who are a lot like me, and that I am not (yet once again) some outlier who is totally out of sync with my world. It is comforting to think that the producers told them to look down their noses and decree “Eewww— maple cabinets and tile floors—-I want cherry and hardwood, so we’ll have to gut this right away.”
Do you redecorate and/or remodel as soon as you move?
Do you do it yourself, and if so are you good at it?
Would you have to change out all the brass door knobs and fixtures if you bought another house?
When you decorate or make changes in your home, do you do it for you, or do you think about resale value and potential?
Written by Madeline Hunter
NYTimes Bestselling and two time RITA-winning author of historical romances; lover of artisan jewelry; industry numbers wonk. Her next book, The Counterfeit Mistress, will be published Sept 24, 2013.
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