I love the TV show House Hunters and its similar shows, House Hunters International, Property Virgins, and the like. Watching people search for a new home, seeing the variety of houses, neighborhoods, and housing prices, is fascinating. Each of these shows have similar structures. The show documents the house hunters looking at houses, showing what they like and don’t like about the houses, what they want from a house, and, at the end, their final selection. It is fun to try to guess which house they will select, often not the one I’d guess.
But sometimes I wonder if these people live in the same universe that I inhabit.
Take the property virgins. These are first time buyers who are living with parents or in apartments. Sometimes the apartments are pretty small and shabby. They usually have the most limited budgets. But they walk into a kitchen and it has formica counters and white appliances and they exclaim, “Oh, this will never do. We can’t possibly live with a kitchen like this!”
Really? I can understand preferring an up-to-date granite-countertop, stainless-steel-applianced kitchen, but “can’t possibly” live with an older kitchen? I am constantly surprised how often couples expect a house, especially a first house, to have everything they want right away. Can’t they see the possibility of replacing appliances or redoing the kitchen when they have the money to do it?
Same thing with bathrooms. If everything else about the house is perfect, why can’t you put up with a pink tiled bathroom, at least for a while? It is not like you spend a lot of time in the bathroom (do you?)
Even more annoying is when the couples see wall color or wall paper they dislike and they poo-poo the entire house.
Last night when I was watching one of the shows, the family loved the house, except the mother worried about the bedrooms being on the second floor, because the children “might trip and fall down the stairs.” Arrrgghhh! How many centuries have families lived in houses with stairways? I’ve heard this more than once on these shows and it always annoys the heck out of me.
On this same show, one of the mother’s must-haves was a pool. She worried that her children would fall down the stairs, but she didn’t worry that they’d fall in the pool? I just don’t get it.
Obviously I put up with being annoyed, because I watch these shows a lot! Who knew that watching ordinary people buy houses or renovate them, or select wedding dresses would be so interesting?
Do you like the House Hunter shows? Do you have a favorite?