What do 96 million worldwide homes have in common? They all watch HGTV—and they love it.
The reasons for the network’s success are numerous, but one of the biggest draws is that it’s familiar and accessible. The shows, many of which surround a typical American family renovating one house and buying another, are easy to relate to.
As a result, an unprecedented amount of American homeowners are choosing to reno and redo prior to selling, drawing inspiration from their favorite HGTV stars and the regular folks featured alongside them.
But here’s the thing: there’s plenty these programs aren’t showing us. So before you undertake your own version of “Love it or List it,” keep these behind-the-scenes realities in mind:
Budgets Aren’t What They Seem
A list of 10 renovation must-haves, including a designer kitchen, and a minimal budget? No problem! That’s what these shows might have you think, but this is far from realistic. They’re often getting free materials from advertising partners and heavily discounted contractor services. So don’t base your project expectations on their budgets.
Flipping Isn’t Foolproof
Almost every time someone purchases a house to flip on TV, no matter the condition and troubles along the way, they wind up selling it in the end for a profit. This is very often not the case in real life. There’s no such thing as easy money, and cheap isn’t always good. Base your decision to flip off research and reality, not too-good-to-be-true-TV.
Timeframes Are Often Impossible
One couple, two kids, three bedrooms, four weeks? Forget the timing they’re working with, because it’s almost always unrealistic. There are many people working round-the-clock, behind-the-scenes, ensuring anything can be done in time. Your project will take significantly longer than any you’ll see on television.
Buying is Oversimplified
In the world of HGTV, you find a house, you love a house, you own the house. It’s all rather easy and quick. In reality, there are multiple steps and lots of paperwork, with plenty of waiting time in between. It’s all worth it, of course, but don’t expect it to be a breeze.
If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in the Madison, WI area, or need advice on making it a reality, call or email me anytime.