But a few oft-repeated comments from the ‘hunters’ drive me nuts.
1. “Oh, I hate this wallpaper/paint….”
Oh man, you can paint, people! Paint is cheap. You don’t have to live with dusty rose or sea blue. You can remove wallpaper, too. Ignore it and look at the bones of the house. See past it. Live a little. For the love of God, you can plan a trip to Home Depot if you buy the damn thing.
2. “Oh, this looks really small…”
Come to my house people. That room is gigantic. Massive. I could ballroom dance in that living room you’re calling small. I could fit my entire condo in half that living room. Wake up and travel — I’d suggest New York. Then you’ll see small. Then you’d be delighted with all the space you have in your ranch house in the middle of Middle America.
3. “Oh, this could be the nursery ..” (said often by the woman with the guy rolling his eyes in the background)
Yeah, it could. It could also be the fully equipped S&M room complete with a swing and torture wheel.
Both topics (babies and activities not usually employed for making babies) should not be discussed, in my opinion, on national television shows about real estate.
I’d encourage these gals with ticking clocks to have a nice chat with hubby after they move in. A little wine and some time on the swing and before you know it…you’ll need the nursery. My advice is don’t try to sell the room he’s visualizing as the new home for his sports memorabilia collection as anything but his own man-space before you sign the mortgage papers.
(I am kidding, of course. Deciding to have children (or not) should be discussed before marriage and should never be a surprise.)