I’m not much of a telly person: I can find plenty of other things to distract me from whatever it is I’m supposed to be doing. When we’re on holiday, however, it’s a different story.
Our favourite is “Homes under the Hammer”. The concept behind the programme is simple: find three properties that are being sold at auction, then interview the purchasers immediately after they have handed over the money – and again a few months later. Most of the houses sold seem to be in need of attention; anything from a fresh coat of paint to major structural repairs. As someone who thinks that DIY stands for “Delegate it yourself”, I am full of admiration for anyone who actually knows what they are doing when it comes to sorting out rewiring or dealing with rising damp.
All it wants is a lick of paint
I’d never be brave enough to buy a house that way. I have difficulty looking beyond crumbling plaster and dilapidated kitchens to picture what could be done – but it’s amazing seeing what can be achieved with a bit of know-how and a vivid imagination. Properties that have been stuck in a time-warp for the last 40 years are converted into stylish modern homes. Houses that appeared ripe for demolition become ultra-desirable – with a price-tag to match. All that’s needed is for someone to recognise the potential behind the jaded façade.
Some renovations can be a bit over-the-top
Sometimes I feel like one of those run-down auction lots: a bit tired and faded round the edges, and in need of some TLC. I’m so thankful that God looks beyond our human frailties to see the potential in each one of us. He paid the ultimate price for us before we had been restored, and is now at work transforming us into the image of his Son. (Romans 8: 29.) That’s some makeover!