Ahh! HGTV. Where would I be without it? Heaven knows I certainly wouldn’t be feeling inferior about my countertops, flooring and tub size.
This weekend I watched a handful of those little HGTV throw-away shows which go by different names but are all essentially the same root concept–you get to see inside other people’s houses. In one show the other people are selling their house and looking for a new one with more bells and whistles. In another, the people are getting their house appraised by a realtor in order to see if they can put more money into fixing it up. You get the general idea, I’m sure.
I’m a terrible voyeur, I’ll admit. It’s why I like to read other people’s blogs, and why I hate reality TV. (It’s too edited and staged, most of it. The true voyeur appreciates Reality TV for the Beginner Voyeurism that it is .) But I have to say these “Price My Flippin’ House!” shows were bugging me after about 20 minutes.
Doesn’t anybody buy a home anymore? You know–a place where they plan to live? After watching these shows I feel as though most people look at house-buying the same way they view playing the stock market. Just another buy-low sell-high experience.
What happened to having the kind of house where you plan to stay forever? Where you pencil in the growing child on the doorjamb? Where you bury pets under a tree?
When we bought this house 8 years ago, it was our intention to stay here as long as God would allow. (Which we hoped meant at least 30 years.) Any of the HGTV realtors walking through would have a heart-attack. Most of our rooms have vivid paint jobs–bright yellow, turquoise, amethyst, sapphire. There’s no bathroom on the main floor, other than the master bath. That’s because the only place to put one in would have been too close to the kitchen, and I won’t have a bathroom near the kitchen because of my phobia.
So, yeah, we may not be able to make several hundred dollars off the sale of our house, but I don’t plan to. I didn’t buy an investment. I bought a place to make memories. I don’t think all of our memories will appraise highly.