If you're a sports fan, you might yell at your TV when LeBron James gets a foul or an umpire makes a questionable call on a play that involves your team. As a Realtor®, I yell at home shows. Though shows such as Love It or List It, Property Brothers, Selling NY, or Income Property are as irresistible as junk food to a real estate agent, some pronouncements by the HGTV experts cry out for a rebuttal! I find this particularly true of Love It or List It, where an easily-offended decorator and a snarky real estate agent tried to either renovate the home so that the homeowners desire to stay there or find an appropriate new home.
How The Show Works
The design professional on this show works on the assumption that most people loved their homes when they bought them, but fell out of love as their family grew or their needs changed. By knocking down walls, reconfiguring space, adding some modern touches, and improving organization, many homes can work again, which causes the owner to rekindle their love. The agent shows an alternative that is renovated and has what the family needs.
Though I don't have the actual stats on this, many more people decide to stay in their refurbished homes rather than move. Aside from love being rekindled in a house that is now more functional, who really wants to move if they like their neighborhood, the kids' schools, the local vibe, the convenience to work, etc?
Many times, this makes sense, but all too often, homeowners overlook the fact that their renovated home lacks something essential for their long-term satisfaction. Will a stainless and granite-countered kitchen compensate for the fact there is still only one full bathroom for six people in the family? Will décor make more bedroom space for the family who's so cramped that there is one crib in the hall...