#329 – Made for T.V.

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I was watching an episode of Love It or List It. This is an HGTV show where one person in the family unit wishes to move into a new home and the other wants to stay. The realtor and the designer each try to meet the must-have's list of the appropriate person.

In this episode, Mrs. Piccione has Lupus and has some very specific accessibility needs which she wanted addressed in their existing home. Her husband, obviously concerned for her, wanted her needs met, but in a new home.

I was getting frustrated on behalf of Piccione family because it seemed that their requests were falling on deaf ears. I realize that this show is made for television, so it's not an entirely accurate picture of reality; who knows how much extra drama is infused into the show! Reality show = oxymoron.

However, there are important lessons here for realtors, tradespeople or interior designers - anyone who is doing some home work on behalf of a client with specific, and perhaps peculiar needs.

The first priority is to listen very carefully; the individual buying the house or contracting the work often has a very clear idea of what they need. Also keep in mind that someone who has a chronic condition, such as a form of autoimmune arthritis, can tire very quickly. Take the time to clarify in the beginning so that the job is completed in an expeditious manner.

This could an opportunity to have a work experience that is both challenging and creative. Your skills may be tested and you may have to do some out-of-the-box thinking. In the end, hopefully you and your client will feel a deep sense of satisfaction for a job well done.

2 Replies to “#329 – Made for T.V.”

    1. Hi Annette,

      I’m not a fan of reality shows and don’t usually watch them. I think I was being helped along in my blogging efforts when I caught this episode. 🙂

      Did you ever hear anything back re. Disaster Decks? I’m unfamiliar with that show.

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