I think the main thing I like about this show is that it's nice to see a lot of fixer-uppers and try to imagine their potential.
The thing that frustrates me most about this show is that most of the homebuyers (I think a lot of them are first-timers) cannot see the potential of a space at all. Either they have no imagination, or they can't see past the surface (dated, messy, unpleasant or wrongheaded finishes, dirty carpets, yada yada, "where's my double sinks at?"-cakes
.) Of course, a third possibility, that the show is edited to make the homebuyer look as mindbogglingly clueless as modern technology allows, exists also.
Was it the episode with the Asian Perfectionist Husband where the guy kept saying "This is old ... this looks dated. More old windows"? Buddy, it's a pre-war house with high ceilings, original woodwork, and frickin' stained glass
in those so-called "old windows." I don't begrudge Jonathan a couple of eyerolls. I wanted to slap the guy. Do some people just not understand the concept of character, or was APH Guy just not into anything but the most up-to-date (i.e., soon to be dated) style?
I don't think Property Brothers
is the only show where the homebuyer can't tell the difference between dated design and good bones, or between a solid house and a money-pit with fancy surfaces (like that GINORMOUS house with the 80s-style rooms and the avalanche of a fireplace, yikes), but, the concept of finding a fixer-upper to transform into your dreamhouse seems to exacerbate the disconnect between what the homebuyer expects and what they can see (and afford). Good grief, it's a good thing I'm not a realtor, because if my prospective buyers behaved like that, some of those open houses would end up with a few extra skeletons in the closets.
"Oh, and look: here we a view of the spacious backyard, with an extra-large vegetable garden! Planted, well, just yesterday, in fact..."
Edited by Sandman, Jul 14, 2011 @ 10:12 AM.