Friday, July 15, 2011

Why I Hate House Hunters on HGTV

I wrote a post a while ago about the HGTV show Property Virgins.  That article brought up a lot of emotions in our readers, and we received more comments on that post than any other post we've ever written. 

If you have some time, you should really read the post, and the comments as well.  Some of the comments are hilarious.
I knew that I had to write a post about House Hunters.  I've been meaning to do this, partly because we have strong feelings about the show, and partly because a few people brought it up in the comments in the Property Virgins post. 

11 Reasons I Hate House Hunters:

1. I hate it when the buyers say "Ooooh, I don't know, I don't like the color of this bedroom."  It's paint, people.  It's not that expensive or difficult to change.  I promise.

2.  I hate it when women automatically complain  "the closets are too small."  Some of those closets are larger than several rooms in a modest-sized home.

3.  I despise when the buyers are snobs about perfectly nice counter tops.  I like granite as much as the next person, but I won't turn my nose up at a house that has anything but granite.

4.  I also dislike when buyers (especially first time home buyers) won't consider a house if it doesn't have stainless steel appliances. If you are twenty two and this is your first home, do you really need to run out and buy expensive stainless appliances?

5.  I hate it when buyers say "Fluffy will really love this!"  Really, the dog will love this?  I realize I am risking the ire of dog and pet lovers here, but this annoys me.

6.  I hate it when the real estate agent shows them houses wayyyy above their price range.  

7.  I also hate when a husband closes the door when his wife is in the apartment-sized closet and laughs. Har, har.  That was funny the first time, not the 500th time!

8. Ditto on the wife saying "This is MY closet, where's his?"  That was funny back in the year 2000, I think.

9. House Hunters, will you please stop stepping inside people's showers?  Also, please don't lie on people's beds.  It really grosses me out. 

10. I hate the cheesy, suspenseful music at the
end: Which home did they choose?  Was it:
  • the ranch with the cockroaches; 
  • the colonial with rotting pipes; 
  • or, the cottage with all stainless steel appliances, granite counters and a stunning view of the ocean?
11.  It's on all the time!  Really, HGTV?  Could you please come up with at least a couple of new shows that are not related to real estate?

Thoughts?  Do you like, love, or hate this show?

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41 comments:

Yvette said...

I have to say, I love HH...but, I do agree with you on every single one of your points.

The paint thing is the one that gets me every time. Really? You can't buy a $300,000 house because of something you can fix with $50?

The other thing that gets me is why if they have a $300,000 budget, and they see a house for $250,000 the realtor always says "You will have $50,000 left over for improvements." Am I the only person who had to get a home loan? Are they going to tell the bank, "Oh, just give me that extra 50k in cash please!"

Great post!

Regina from The Queenly Abode said...

I totally agree with you, I very seldom watch HGTV because it's mostly about real estate, I miss all the older show's that actually was related to decorating your home. Maybe they should change the name to the "Real Estate Channel".
Regina

Sandy said...

I do love House Hunters, but I also agree with your points. For some reason I still like to watch it! :) Also, how realistic is it that almost everyone has a budget of over $200,000 for a house?? And, how many people can afford a $200,000+ 2nd home/vacation home??

It's unrealistic in many areas, and as you said, ridiculous that people don't like a certain aspect of the house even though it can easily be changed, but I do still like to watch it. :)

Amanda said...

I haven't actually seen either show, but we have similar here in the UK, and the points you make about both are the same things I dislike about our shows.

One couple in particular got on my nerves, had a budget of about £300,000, and saw a house which to almost anyone else would be a dream, but no, on a windy day (if the wind was blowing in the right direction) you could hear traffic from a road over a mile away! WTH, some people just need to get real, we all need to make compromises somewhere!

Irene Robertson said...

I like the Vacation Homes version of the show. I only watch to see what home I could have if I had $1 million to buy a home on a tropical island. LOL!

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

Agree with everything you said, did you know that the show is fake? I read on the Hooked on Houses Blog that the people on the show are already under contract for one of the homes, the other 2 they just walk through and pick apart. That ruined the show for me even more.

Sam @ The Junk House said...

I completely agree with you! I love House Hunters, but I usually get really annoyed by the people. I usually end up yelling at the TV, "YOU CAN PAINT THE WALLS! THE FURNITURE ISN'T STAYING!"

Kathy C. said...

haha... I used to LOVE HH but once you've seen 10 you've seen them all. I now watch on mute while cooking and get decorating tips. lol But I totally agree with you!!

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

haha--loved your list. My husband and I have had the same conversations about the show :)

And how about "It's a little small" and "we could make it work"

Cindy said...

Well, now that you mention it...I did quick watching the show awhile ago...I just got bored...maybe all of the above are the reasons why...in fact as much as I used to watch HGTV all the time...I hardly ever turn it on anymore...they need something new:)

Kristin said...

I think I've said ALL those things! Esp. about the paint and the DOGS approving. (Like people actually turn down a great house because the DOG doesn't have enough yard to run in?) Also, those people with 2 kids -- "Oh, it's only 2500 sq and only has 3 bedrooms -- that's not big enough for our family." !!!

Amanda's Mom said...

LOL ... I have to agree with you totally. Add to yours ..."Its kind of small." Really people, you are first time buyers, you have a budget, if you could afford a mini mansion, you'd buy it. Get over yourselves. The paint comment has bugged me for years. As a diy type, it is just the silliest comment.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Rachelle, yes I know that the show is fake and staged. I still think it could be done a little better, though.

Mallory said...

I also love the show, but agree with all of your points. So addicting, but also so ridiculous!

Aretha said...

Love the list and agree. What always bothered me about the show was they looked at just three houses and then picked one. I kinda assumed that it was staged but still. I miss the old shows like If Walls Could Talk, Treasures in the Attic etc.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

oh yes, If Walls Could Talk! We loved that show, as we used to have an old house.

Katie said...

I was laughing during this entire post because my mother and I say the same thing all the time and actually took a break from watching the show. You literally hit the nail on the head with your list--thank you for a great read! Now I know my mom and I are not alone :)

Have a great weekend!

Miss Maurie said...

I cannot stand how everyone comments on needing space for entertaining. The way these people talk you'd think they were hosting 50 person dinner parties twice a week.

Marianne said...

Did you hear about this amazing new invention for people who hate a particular TV show? It's called a remote, and you can use it to change the channel! Or, if you're old-fashioned, there's probably a channel changer on the TV somewhere. Gripes like this ("I hate it but I watch it all the time") are like asking for seconds after complaining about the food.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

I wanted to write about the show because I don't watch it anymore, but when I flip by, it seems like it's on all the time. I used to watch it in the past and it irritated me, so I thought I'd write about it.

If you don't like a blog post, you don't have to stay and read it and comment on it, either.

Ashley@ DesignBuildLove.co said...

LMAO! Totally agree with some of your comments and of all the HGTV programming... this is definitely my least favorite! How about the real estate agents that always point out the most obvious things and don't counsel home buyers on home potentials and pitfalls...

Momma Button said...

I'm with you! I used to watch HGTV all the time. I'd really like to see more renovation, restoration, redecorate than real estate!!

Grammy Goodwill said...

Oh, my. You are so right. All of the real estate shows made me stop watching HGTV. I used to keep that channel on 24/7. Now I never watch it.

cllcraft said...

I couldn't agree with you more! I don't watch HGTV anymore - always the same reruns, format, etc. I liked the programing from several years ago. Now it seems like HGTV is competing with stupid reality shows. UGH!

martilindsey said...

This might be a different show, but what gets under my skin is the agent telling the people how to live in their house.

It's unrealistic to move the TV out of the living room or "get rid of" the laundry detergent sitting on the washer because it looks messy.

Houses take awhile to sell and the families still need to live in the house during this process. How realistic is it to not do laundry or watch TV for the 3-6 months it takes to sell your home?

Pam said...

Too funny I have been a Realtor for 24 years...and boy could I tell you some stories. The truth is I hear those same remarks on a daily bases. The her closet one, "CONSTANTLY" but my favorite is "I'm not going to give me house away" ....well nobody asked you to.
great post!

Jennifer said...

I completely agree with your points, and would like to add one that irritates me - when the buyers are pretty specific about what they're looking for (a 2 br ranch) and the first house they go look at is a 4 br 2 story). Hello? Were you not LISTENING?

Also, the people that are always "entertaining" drive me insane.

Anonymous said...

Used to love it. Over it. HH & HGTV, in general.

Pink Overalls @DIY Home Staging said...

Why do people think they should lie down in the tub? With their street shoes on?

Why do men always want to know where the tv is going? And if the present big screen is staying. Ha Ha. Right!

Is the reason people watch this show to feel superior to these idiots? I think so. That, and because we all like to look inside other people's homes.

the cape on the corner said...

i had this starred in my reader to comment on. at first, i loved this show. i love the snooping aspect of it all, i love the follow up to see how people decorated after they've been living there. but it is on all.the.time. i can no longer stand it. there is eye rolling when i turn on this channel and am met with this show. they need to get a little diy network going on.


here's where's it helped me, especially with blogging-my house is small, perfect for us, in fact, but i have major jealousy issues. i have learned that it isn't an indication of money just b/c someone has a huge house, nor does it mean that my small house cost less than their large and impressive house. it's the location, and that doesn't just mean near any "downtown".

Anonymous said...

I've quit watching HGTV for all the reasons set forth above. just made DIY network a fave on my remote. I want to get ideas and tips I can use, not listen to people whine.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

anonymous, I've all but stopped watching HGTV now also. We switched around our cable package, and now we get the DIY channel. Thank GOODNESS!! now I can get my DIY fix that I used to get on HGTV!

- Brittany said...

I'm sooo with you on #11! Actually when the HGTV rep came to Blissdom and asked what we didn't like about HGTV, the entire Home Decor bloggers in unison said, "House Hunters." For that exact reason.

And I REALLY want to know why every time Cash and Cari is on it is one of two episodes. What? Didn't they film any more than that? UGH!

Okay, otherwise, I really do like HGTV.

Karen @ Lease to Decorate said...

100% agree. I used to love the show - about 7 years go. I haven't given up on HGTV entirely but it has been warned...many, many times.

Mary said...

Ditto! That show creeps me out a bit! Who are these people that wanted their house hunting publicized? I would want NO ONE to video me, because I am uber-critical and detailed and sometimes my decisions are emotionally based ... but not about paint colors!

Anna@Directions Not Included said...

The hubby and I watch the show for the sole purpose of making fun of the people on it. I would have LOVED to see their comments and faces walking into our place when we did our first visit.

kay g. said...

I hate most all the shows on hgtv now. I was a faithful watcher of hgtv 7,8 years ago when most all the shows were about decorating. They would show beautiful homes. I have been trying to find the show that was in the Carolinas somewhere in a very beautiful neighborhood that were new built homes. If anyone could help me find the lost show that was one of the best. I really hate all of the shows now,I miss all of the old shows from 7,8 even 9 years ago.

Despartly seeking,Decorating of beautiful old fashioned looking neighborhoods.

kay g. said...

I hate most all the shows on hgtv now. I was a faithful watcher of hgtv 7,8 years ago when most all the shows were about decorating. They would show beautiful homes. I have been trying to find the show that was in the Carolinas somewhere in a very beautiful neighborhood that were new built homes. If anyone could help me find the lost show that was one of the best. I really hate all of the shows now,I miss all of the old shows from 7,8 even 9 years ago.

Despartly seeking,Decorating of beautiful old fashioned looking neighborhoods.

acowguy said...

LOVE your post on top reasons hate .....first home buyers ESPECIALLY. Come on its your first home. The cabinets are dated? Really ever hear of new fronts? I think its a sign of the younger generation. I didn't mind remodeling at all. Why not buy the cheaper house and remodel? So So annoying.

Pamela Frost Dennis said...

I am very late to this party, but gotta add my two cents.

It is now 2014, and House Hunters has practically taken over the HGTV station. I have friends who have been on the show, and soooo much of it is fake. One of the houses they "looked" at was a friend's house, and not even on the market! Since hearing that, I can't watch the show.

Oh, how I miss HGTV's early days when there was a plethora of real decorating shows, with how-tos. I especially loved it when decorators would show you how to "shop" your own house to revamp a room.

As far as a House Hunter comment I can't stand? "Oh, this looks like my grandma's house."
Grandma should take those brats out of the will.

One more: "It's out-dated."

Jennifer Kunkle-Clark said...

I hate that nothing is a room anymore...but a "space".
Can't stand garbage like "the kitchen/bathroom needs updating". Really people, can you cook/ take a dump in it?....drop being so damn picky!
Hate when they say houses are on a lake when they are really on a pond

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