I think i’m a little confused, care to help me out?
I watch Sarah Beeny’s Property Ladder religiously. I think it’s a great show, even though I spend most of the time with my mouth open, eyes covered and my skin crawling.
Let’s face it, the show is about stupid people developing property, for the most part. In any case…
My question is, why do people appear on Property Ladder?
One thing is for sure, it sure as hell isn’t to benefit from the free, professional advice that La Beeny has to offer, because it mostly goes ignored. Anyone else noticed that?
If anyone knows how to squeeze and maximize profits out of a shed, it’s probably her. So why do the majority of people on the show completely ignore her advice as if they know better (bear in mind they’re amateurs)? I don’t get it. Do you get it? I want to get it. Do you want to get it?
Granted, at times Beeny doesn’t appreciate the restrictions of finances, consequently suggests pulling an extra 20k out of an asshole to finance a 50ft extension. Putting those moments of insanity aside (forgive me, Beeny), the majority brush away the logical and realistic suggestions.
What really fizzles my mind is that the people that appear on Property Ladder obviously watch the show themselves, so they must have countlessly witnessed moments when the developers get their evaluations at the end. You know, that’s when the agent always says the property would have been more valuable if they had done this or that. “This or that” usually being something that Beeny suggested during the development. Yet when the viewers go on the show themselves, they ignore the advice. It’s mind boggling.
So, we’ve established it’s rarely about the free advice. So what’s it about? Is it to satisfy those that thrive from publicity; those that simply want to get their face on TV? I used to think so until last week, on the 20th of November, when Richard & Isabel made their appearance on the show.
You may remember them (they were kind of hard to forget- the episode was a corker).
Richard & Isabel got a bit of a slating in the forums, not only in terms of their poor development skills (they ignored a lot of Beeny’s fundamental advice), but also as humans.
Isabel got the majority of the negative criticism. I think it’s fair to say that her development style wasn’t exactly orthodox and her personality was, well, you know….not great.
Am I being harsh? Well, these guys on the Channel 4 seem to agree with me, so perhaps I’m just regular.
La Beeny again demonstrating the patience of a saint – I dont think I would tire of slapping that stupid woman in a month of Sundays. The sheer arragance of her (Isabel) when Sarah pointed out at the start that they could guarentee a nice profit from 2 flats but oh no it had to be an over personalised mish-mash house!
I guess that’s what happens when you throw yourself into the spotlight- you start getting judged on every possible level, even if it has nothing to do with the subject matter. You’ll also find poor Richard in that thread defending his partner and his errr… ‘tactical’ development choices.
To my surprise, Richard stumbled upon the Property ladder Chiswick thread in my landlord form, and made it clear that they were human (good thing he cleared that up) and he didn’t appreciate the comments people made about Isabel.
While I did sympathise with him (kinda’) and understood why he was protecting his spouse, it was apparent that he didn’t like the attention the media had bought them.
So, like many, he didn’t take advantage from Beeny’s advice and didn’t appear to be craving from the attention of the media, which brings me back to my initial question- why do people appear on Property Ladder if it’s not for the advice and it’s presumably not for the 30min of fame (although, fair play to them, their shambles of a display got them more air time than the average punters)?
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