I haven’t ranted about anything lately. I think it’s high time. I watched a full episode of House Hunters for the first time this week. I’d seen clips of the show before, so I knew it was ridiculous, but it’s a special kind of experience to watch the show from start to finish.
In this episode, the couple seemed to have three main desires: a double driveway so one car doesn’t get trapped behind the other in the driveway, a big yard so the husband can take his riding mower out of storage, and to take a perfectly good house and tear half the rooms apart because of all the things that are “wrong” with them.
So how did they do on their three goals?
Double driveway – they completely caved. This seemed to be their most reasonable desire, and despite the fact that one of the houses had a huge driveway, only one room that “needed” to be fixed, AND the lowest price, they went with one of the other houses that had a single driveway.
Big yard – now don’t get me wrong, I love having a huge yard, they’re absolutely great. But with every house the couple visited, the husband went out back and said, “gosh, this yard just isn’t big enough for me to use my riding mower.” Big yards are for playing with your kids, having a place for your dog to run around, having parties with your friends, starting a garden. They are not for justifying your ridiculous purchase of an unnecessary piece of equipment that is currently sitting in storage because you had no need for it in the first place. The house they ended up getting had a perfectly fine yard, but not big enough for the riding mower, so hallelujah! He’s going to get rid of it!
Tear all the rooms apart - yes indeed, they picked the house that had the most “required” renovations (it’s getting pretty tiresome putting all these quotes around words). They didn’t say how much all the renovations they wanted to do would cost, but they did say that they would make this house the most expensive choice of the three, and since one of the others was just a couple thousand shy of their budget, I can assume when you factor in the renovations they went over budget.
I probably shouldn’t watch this show ever again, because when they said which house they were picking, I actually screamed at the TV. The third house they looked at was the obvious choice. It had the huge driveway, they really liked most of the interior, and it was the cheapest of the three. There was one required (no quotes) renovation – the house was previously occupied by someone in a wheelchair, so the stovetop had been lowered to where he could reach it. Of course they would have torn out the entire beautiful kitchen and redone the whole thing, but they would have done that to any of the three houses they looked at.
I just couldn’t understand how people could take the one reasonable requirement they had and throw it out the window for a house that “needed” so much renovating that it would go over their budget. I wanted to punch the guy in the face every time he brought up his stupid riding mower. My fiancé and I were just sitting there shouting, “that room is beautiful, why on earth would you want to tear it apart? Stop talking about your stupid riding mower! Why are you even looking at a house that has a single driveway if a double driveway is one of your requirements?” for half an hour.
I have great blood pressure now, and I’d like to keep it that way, so I think I better not watch this show again.