Oh I bet you thought I’d be writing about a certain princess, one who lives here and rules the house from her princess pillow. Well, I could, but you’ve heard it all before, mostly from her I might add.
No, I’ve been thinking about how some people are portrayed on television, specifically on some of the real estate shows on HGTV, which is pretty much all I watch these days. So maybe it’s just this particular genre, maybe spoiled whining people aren’t everywhere on TV.
There are any number of shows these days that feature folks looking for their next home or their beach house, or their place in the mountains. Typically the camera follows them as they tour three houses, as they comment on the pros and cons of each.
And it seems like there’s usually someone who complains that the kitchens don’t have the latest and greatest, that they would “have to replace these counters right away,” or, about the master bedroom closet, “this is enough space for my clothes, you’ll have to use the closet in the spare room.”
I’m irritated the most when it’s the couple’s first home. Who says that your house has to have stone counters and stainless appliances? What happened to being thrilled at the prospect of buying your own first home regardless of the finishes? Make it about the view, or the proximity to family and I’d get it. Pouting about the faucets or the light fixtures seems petty.
And my second biggest irritant is when they are purchasing a beach house. Seriously, a beach house is meant to enjoy family time together at a beautiful location. It doesn’t matter if there’s a spa inspired master bathroom, or high end appliances. You’re going to be outside. That’s the point.
And in the end, when they are deciding which property to purchase, why does the woman almost always get her way? It’s almost a joke. Regardless of budget or what the partner thinks is important, there will be one house that she loves and that’s the way it’s going to end.
I don’t know. This doesn’t seem very true to life. I want them to put together a show that goes back to see these couples about three or four years later. The ones that couldn’t agree on anything, the couples where one was overbearing and mean to the other, the oh so young couples who buy the fixer upper but who obviously have no handy skills, I want to see if they’re still in that house, if they’re even still together.
Cause man, if one or the other is spoiled I have to think probably not.