Shows about home buying and renovation projects can be fun to watch, but they often don’t accurately represent the realities of buying, selling and owning a home. Here are three common myths popularized by today’s TV lineup:
“Three homes will do.” On TV, a home buyer may look at three homes and find the property of their dreams. Well, anyone who has bought a house knows this isn’t the case. The number of homes a buyer must look at before finding “the one” differs for everyone, but on average, the typical home buyer will view at least ten homes before they are ready to make an offer.
“I can afford that.” Shows that present real estate purchases and renovations rarely reflect realistic prices. The fact is, markets vary greatly from place to place. The price of a home or remodel in the area in which the show was filmed may be completely different than where you live and prices could be much higher or lower.
“This will be a cinch.” While some DIY projects can be finished quickly, the amount of time most renovations take is much longer than TV would have you believe. Even if you hire professionals, unexpected delays may occur. Don’t expect to start a project on Friday and have it finished by Monday – you want it done right, not done quickly.
If you’re considering buying, selling, or renovating, the more you know, the better prepared you can be. Contact me for professional input – I’m happy to help. After all, you can’t believe everything you see on TV.