While I’ve been off work for the Summer, I’ve had plenty of opportunity to watch more television. We don’t have cable or satellite at my house, but my mother-in-law does, and so does my brother. With the increased visits, I’ve watched far more fix-my-house-so-it-will-sell shows than should be allowed by law. These shows do a couple of things. First, they remind me exactly how lazy and poor I am. If I had more money and/or ambition, I could probably use many of their techniques to improve the quality of my living space (That’s a fancy t.v. word for “house”). The second thing these shows do is make me wonder. How do the people on these shows move out of those houses after they make all those improvements? I can’t help but think that if they made those kinds of investments earlier, they would have found more reason to stay where they were. At the very least, they could have gotten more value out of their home by enjoying it for awhile. As it stands, they pump a few thousand dollars into the house, breathing new life into it and adding some money to the fetching price of the abode. If, say, they made that same $2000 investment in the house and lived in it for a year, the cost of that improvement would be spread out over the 365 days, and the house would still command the higher price. Those people are practically throwing away their money! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go back to learning how simple it is to put down laminate flooring in my living room.
I Don’t Think So, Tim.