Well we’ve just found out the airdate of our House Hunters International airing. If you don’t know what HHI is…have you been living under a rock? It’s a ‘reality’ show on HGTV, there are a couple different versions, the most popular being House Hunters and House Hunters International. In each version someone (a person, a couple, a family) is searching for a house. They have their list of must-haves, and you go with them on a tour of 3 houses across a variety of budgets and features and see them choose the house of their dreams.
The original version is people buying a home. The international version is most often renting. I’ve known for awhile it’s not exactly reality. That the show is filmed generally after people have already picked their house and closed on it…that’s why if you’re watching and want to bet on which house they choose (which is often not the house that makes sense to choose in the viewers mind) you should bet on whichever house has 0 furniture. Some times there can be more than one of these (and maybe even all 3) but most often 2 houses are somewhat staged and one house has nothing in it and that’s the house they’ve bought. This is because the staging is done since they already own it and they can’t very well put the actual couples furniture inside or there wouldn’t be a dramatic “3 months later…” reveal. Okay so that’s what I knew going into it.
And all that is true. We filmed our HHI experience in January. Maybe some of you are smart enough to look back and see we moved here in August, maybe. And maybe, just maybe, some of you will look back and see which house we chose and you can bet big money on us when you watch the show! There’s a Vegas line for HHI, no?
But anyway, our experience filming HHI….you do get paid a little bit. Generally you’d use that to fund your flight home to film your “going away”, but we were able to film our leaving bit when we were home for Christmas. It was pretty much a full day, 7am-7pm. The rest was filmed mid-January, what was supposed to be over 3 days and ended up being 5. And you don’t really realize how much they want you outside. And it’s January in Scotland. So for about 5 days we did nothing but film and freeze our asses off and get terribly sick. And I mean all day. The day they film the ‘winning’ house, the movers come at about 6 am to move all your things out, you film all day, and then they have to move all your things back in. It’s really exhausting. If you’re filming 3 days total- the pay out is worth it. 6 days? Ehhhhh. Advice if you’re ever approached: film in the summer or start off wearing tons of layers.
Unfortunately we don’t get to see the episode before it airs, though we do get a copy after. I am pretty sure I’m going to be mortified. If not how my voice sounds and how annoying I will seem, than at least by how fat I am. UGH. Anyway…it’s airing next month- mark your calendars!
But for positives. Our crew was amazing. Super fun, super sweet, a couple super easy on the eyes. The director was a charming English silver fox. And I don’t know, just kind of a fun experience. I actually would do it again (which they say they’re keen to if we move to another country or possible when we repatriate ourselves.)
The funny part was, one house we toured, I actually fell in love with. So much so that I was almost crying. It turns out the house was available when we moved here initially, but it was over £4k a month! Now, since the market had gone to hell, it got slashed in half. I really wanted the house. And HHI dones’t even do it justice…it had a chicken coup! It had immaculate gardens out of a fairytale! It had a sun shack that was set to be an office in the middle of the garden that roatates on a massive lazy-suzan structure to follow the sun. It was huge. It had storage beyond my wildest dreams. It had a creepy stone room where you could hang your kill and let the blood drip out. IT WAS PERFECT. Okay the last bit a little creepy, but I really wanted the chicken coup! Think of the blog posts I could have with that!
Anyway, seeing the house is what got me off my ass to see what’s up with our lease. We realized we could break it after 6 months without any penalty providing we gave 2 months notice. Why didn’t we take that house? Well, the main reason is that E’s commute would have been a solid hour each way, if not an hour 15 home. And I’m talking about 10 miles. Not worth it. He’ll try to say that it’s also in part to the fact that every doorframe other than the formal dining room and living room was 5’6”….but I had perfect plans to bedazzle him a helmet, it was really just the commute.
Funny how now the episode is airing 11 days after we move out of the house we chose into our new place. No chicken coop…no totally dream garden and outdoor home office…but it’s pretty damn unique and Scottish-centric. Stay posted for a tour of our new digs in June.