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You could see on Ben's face that the termite or house inspection wasn't on him--and he was pissed. It kinda busts anybody's bubble that the house wasn't already bought when they came on board, though--or makes Ben and Erin look amateurish. Oops.

I haven't picked up Erin being rude to Ben, but I'll watch for that. Otoh, I've been known to finish someone's sentences. Rude, you say?

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Honestly, how could anyone miss that amount of damage?  That inspector needs to lose his/her license.  I would think the homeowner is owed some sort of compensation for an omission of that magnitude.

Yes, Ben was angry.  The homeowner did not seem very concerned, all things considered.

I am definitely going to watch the episode again when it is available on demand. 

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Not all states license inspectors either.     Just because someone is the realtor's favorite home inspector doesn't mean they're competent.   

I would have passed on that house from the issues under the house, with inadequate supports, and the brick needing to be redone on the skirting.    I'm wondering if they house was bought for cash, because that would mean no appraisal, or inspections required.     

Yes, all of the remodeling shows, and the house hunting shows, the home is already bought before the show films.    So the house hunt is always staged.    

Erin and Ben always finish each other's sentences.    Don't forget that often the talking head portions are probably shot a bunch of times.   So people start running over each other, and screwing up their lines.   

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13 hours ago, NJMom said:

Loved the finished house but could not believe how many times Erin was dismissive of Ben when he would start to talk.

I know, right? What was wrong with that front door that Ben wanted to keep? I would rather listen to Ben than listen to Erin and her BFF. 

Why didn’t they keep the front porch screened in (I mean get new screening and all). Be more usable that way.

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7 hours ago, CrazyInAlabama said:

If not the home inspector, then the termite inspection should have found the damages under the house.   The damage was so obvious even from the small screen.    I wonder if a termite inspection was skipped?     Since the homeowner bought before applying for the show, then it's certainly not on Ben or Erin.   I know having a huge bath is common now, but I would have kept two bathrooms, even though they were small.    If the homeowner was willing to go with one bath, then the first house would have been a better deal.   

Really. I couldn’t believe they got rid of one bathroom. If the HH has guests, they will have to use her en suite bathroom. I don’t see why bathrooms have to be the size of a bedroom now. 

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14 minutes ago, LittleIggy said:

Really. I couldn’t believe they got rid of one bathroom. If the HH has guests, they will have to use her en suite bathroom. I don’t see why bathrooms have to be the size of a bedroom now. 

The house still has two bathrooms, apparently they didn’t have time to show that because of the termite situation.

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So it was really a three bath house?   Because on rewatching, they found the termites by taking the wall down between the two original bathrooms, to combine them to the master bath.   And there was another full door on the hall side to the master bath too.     It's so confusing to see the before and after, I wish there was a 3-d floor plan of before and after.  

I'm wondering if the house was a cash purchase?   In that case, no appraisal or inspections required by a bank, since there isn't one.   Just because someone claims they're a home inspector, doesn't mean they're competent.  

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I don't know about Mississippi, but when we bought houses in Louisiana and Georgia they had to pass a termite inspection before the bank would grant the mortgage approval. We had to present a "termite letter" at the closings, even when refinancing.

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10 hours ago, Marmiarmo said:

The house still has two bathrooms, apparently they didn’t have time to show that because of the termite situation.

I thought they said it was a two bathroom house. Where was the third bathroom?

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Sad news:  John Combe, the "Belize Guy" died on Saturday.  He was only 70.  Erin did not say if it was Covid related.

Tonight is the last new episode until May 25, when Home Town will return for the last 3 episodes of the season.

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My cable guide says next Monday there is a new episode, 13 April, but at 7 p.m. CDT, 8 p.m. EDT, so with the updated information, my guess is it will be a rerun.     They're having that Celebrity home makeover show at 8 p.m.

 I wonder if they moved everything up so they can have the final episode viewing party in June?   

Erin caught some kind of virus, when she went to New York for the Today show (or one of the morning shows), and if she seems a little tired, that could be why.     

That's such bad news about John Combe.   He seemed like a wonderful person.    When people say that someone had a life well lived, then they were describing John Combe.   

I love the house last night.    I think moving was the right decision.   If they had put another story on the original house, it wouldn't have been in keeping with the neighborhood.      I loved everything Erin did.      

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As always, they did a beautiful job last night.  I did really like the back splash tile and the built in china cabinet.  However, the dining room wallpaper was too busy for my liking. Between the kitchen cabinets and the built in bookcase in the den there was just too much blue for my taste.

Erin tweeted and posted on Instagram about the next new episode being on May 25.  But during the show there was a pop-up that said there was an all new episode next week.  I guess I will just have to tune in to see what happens.  

ETA:  I watched the Erin'spired video about this episode, and she did say that the homeowner loved blue and white.  So she definitely was giving her what she wanted.  

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10 minutes ago, buttersister said:

I must have missed this, did he die?

Erin posted on her IG he passed away. She didn’t specify a cause. 

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I didn’t like the blue shutters on the house. As for the busy wallpaper, one accent wall of it would have been enough. Otherwise, I liked the remodel.

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1 hour ago, LittleIggy said:

I didn’t like the blue shutters on the house. As for the busy wallpaper, one accent wall of it would have been enough. Otherwise, I liked the remodel.

I thought it was odd that the blue shutters didn't match the blue awning. The different shades of blue just clashed to me. The shutters would have looked better with the darker blue.

And that wallpaper? OMG! That huge print in the dining room was so 1980s. Trust me on that...the spec homes in my neighborhood were built in 1985-1988 and builders used that busy flowered style wallpaper in all dining rooms. Thankfully, we bought our house before wallpaper was installed and I avoided it.

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I think the matching shutters, and awnings might have been too much, and the awnings will probably fade eventually anyway.      I bet the homeowner picked the wallpaper in this one case, because Erin has used so little wall paper before, that an entire room like the dining room, wouldn't be her style.    

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22 hours ago, LittleIggy said:

I didn’t like the blue shutters on the house. As for the busy wallpaper, one accent wall of it would have been enough. Otherwise, I liked the remodel.

I hate "accent walls". Dining rooms in older styled houses should have wallpaper, and bold wallpaper at that. 

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The wife’s “Oh my gawwwwwshs” got on my nerves. BTW, am I the only one who doesn’t really care for Erin? ::ducks for cover::

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13 minutes ago, LittleIggy said:

The wife’s “Oh my gawwwwwshs” got on my nerves.

They should just say god, we all know it's what they mean. 

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There was a trend for a while where Christians would say "On my gah" instead of "On my God." Drove me nuts. Just say "Oh my gosh" and be done with it.

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9 hours ago, LittleIggy said:

The wife’s “Oh my gawwwwwshs” got on my nerves. BTW, am I the only one who doesn’t really care for Erin? ::ducks for cover::

And then the wife added, "I looooove it!" She said,"Oh my gawwwwwwsh, I looooove it" over and over again, about every room, every feature in the house. It was so annoying.

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We were watching the Weather Channel and saw that. We have family and friends in Alabama. My husband said, oh no, not Laurel again. As if we all aren't going through enough. Hard to put up shelters when we need to stay away from each other. 😧

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I loved last night's episode.    The couple moving back from the Cayman Islands were so cute.     I loved watching the guitar building too.      

From what I read, Soso, MS, near Laurel is totally devastated, and Jones County has a lot of damage, but outside of Laurel.     

It takes a while from ordering, to installation to screen in a porch, so I suspect a lot of the covered patios and porches get screened in, but after filming the episode.  

They lost a lot of trees in the historic district in Laurel during the first tornado.    

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While watching this episode, all I could think of was how many of those beautiful oaks along the streets were not there anymore!( I just watched the first show from this year after the December hurricane hit.) This latest storm was awful and even though it didn't hit Laurel directly, I think there was still lots of tree damage in the area. Soso only has 400ish people and from what I have read and seen everyone was affected. We were lucky here in Starkville...just lots of wind and rain but I bet Jones county quivers if it even rains a bit now.

I really love how each house that Erin does...no cookie cutters for her. I really like how they enclosed that staircase...it looked dangerous before. The backyard looked nice but again, this is Mississippi with many,many bugs and heat and humidity. I would want a screened in area with fans so that I wouldn't be targeted by the mosquitoes and temperatures!!!

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I've been watching this show a lot, as it seems to be the only show HGTV is airing.  I like the show well enough, and like that the houses don't all start to look the same.  One thing I wondered and is never mentioned - do they put ac in any of these houses?  If I lived somewhere that hot and humid and my house was getting totally overhauled, I would definitely have them put in ac.

My mom also pointed out that they never show bedrooms in the reveal, which I had never noticed.  I wonder why that is.

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25 minutes ago, hilaryvm said:

One thing I wondered and is never mentioned - do they put ac in any of these houses? 

 

25 minutes ago, hilaryvm said:

My mom also pointed out that they never show bedrooms in the reveal, which I had never noticed. 

Yes to both questions! Just depends on what is emphasized in each show. They always add or improve the AC....if the house doesn't have air,   feel sorry for Ben...he is soppy wet.

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This was my question.  I've been watching a lot of episodes lately.  Is all of the furniture, silverware, dinnerware, and knick knacks staging?

What about lighting? sconces, chandeliers, etc?

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1 hour ago, hilaryvm said:

My mom also pointed out that they never show bedrooms in the reveal, which I had never noticed.  I wonder why that is.

That seems to be mostly in the large houses.  I guess they just renovate the rooms that need it the most, such as the kitchen and living area.  They don't always redo the bathrooms, but I wish they'd show them.

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Actually, Erin and Ben most often do show the bedrooms, especially the master bedroom and children’s rooms. They do a great job and I really enjoy their sweet show.

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41 minutes ago, NYGirl said:

This was my question.  I've been watching a lot of episodes lately.  Is all of the furniture, silverware, dinnerware, and knick knacks staging?

What about lighting? sconces, chandeliers, etc?

Anything permanently fixed such as chandeliers, sconces, kitchen appliances stay with the house. And Ben does make custom furniture pieces for buyers.

ETA: I suppose some home buyers might give them a budget for furnishings and decorating items. I'd trust Erin's taste.

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My understanding is that the staging furniture is available to the homeowners at a discount.  I think a lot of it comes from a local furniture store.  A lot of the smaller decorative items come from Ben and Erin's store.  Anything that is made specifically for the show- furniture, paintings, curtains, and so on stays.  If Erin uses the homeowners' own things they usually mention it- in the episode with the single pastor they did use a lot of his own furniture.

They always do HVAC work if needed, but they just don't show it because there is only so much than can show in an hour.

As far as the rooms go, they do as many as they can with the budget they have. Sometimes that includes a bedroom and bath, sometimes it doesn't.

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I suspect that the staging furniture comes from Lott Furniture.   They're local, they're also the showroom for Ben and Erin's furniture line.    The the daughter, or granddaughter (some relative at least)  is the one who wanted the house with the book nook.     I like that Erin uses some of the home owner's furniture too, when they have some available.     The pastor who was color blind, had family pieces they used.  

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Does Erin have a degree in Design? She's so knowledgeable about design circas. She knows exactly what she wants when she sees the house because she visualizes it in the style she thinks works best. And then Ben builds what they need. I'm very impressed with both of them.

 

 

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Erin has a degree in graphic design and Ben has a degree in History (according to HGTV's website and wiki).

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3 hours ago, Rhetorica said:

Does Erin have a degree in Design? She's so knowledgeable about design circas. She knows exactly what she wants when she sees the house because she visualizes it in the style she thinks works best. And then Ben builds what they need. I'm very impressed with both of them.

 

 

What do you mean by “design circus”? That’s a new term for me

Just now, Gam2 said:

What do you mean by “design circus”? That’s a new term for me

I hate auto correct! What I was trying to say was “design circas”.

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3 minutes ago, Gam2 said:

What do you mean by “design circus”? That’s a new term for me

I hate auto correct! What I was trying to say was “design circas”.

Ha! Damn you autocorrect!!!

I meant a time in history that had a specific look. Like, Art Deco, Danish Modern, Farmhouse Chic. She's named several at the beginning of the episodes and knows exactly what she's doing. I don't have a degree in Design but I like the history of it and appreciate people who know. 

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