We’re going to be on House Hunters!

You have no idea how hard it is for me to keep a secret. I can barely contain myself when I buy a gift for Aaron at Christmas. It’s ridiculous. So I’m letting out a huge sigh of relief that I can finally tell you that we’re going to be on House Hunters! We’ve been keeping this bit of news from the interwebs since February! (February!!!!)

It’s time to bring you up to speed, but before I launch into some behind-the-scenes details – go set your DVR for October 15th at 9 pm CST.

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All set? Great. If you’re anything like the people we’ve told in person, your mind is abuzz with questions. I’m tackling the most popular below, but if you have extras toss them in the comments.

How did you get on the show?
We applied on a whim through the Pie Town Production web site. It took a few weeks, but eventually a production assistant emailed us for more details. We exchanged a few emails and then went through two phone interviews. We covered a lot of the information they need for the show. Why were we looking to buy a place? What did we want in our dream space? What did we not want? Etc, etc.

Once we crossed those hurdles we had to tape a video interview. It basically contained the same type of questions and then we each had to tour an area of our current residence. We assume the goal is to make sure we can act like normal humans when a video camera is pointed our way. Our realtor also had to make a short video (presumably for the same reason). From there it came down to scheduling!

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Did they tell you what to say?
No. In fact, our producer wanted things to be as natural as possible. She wouldn’t even let us walk through the alternate properties until we were on camera.

Do you get makeup/hair/wardrobe assistance?
They provide a list of guidelines, mostly for clothes, but you’re on your own in the hair and makeup department. Occasionally, Darby (our producer) would powder us if we were looking a bit shiny. They also vetoed clothing that wouldn’t look good on camera (I couldn’t wear my favorite coat, which sucked because I wore my coat a lot) and anything that came close to copyrighted art (Aaron had to change when he chose a T-shirt with a camera on it).

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How did they choose the other properties for you to look at?
The producers worked with our realtor to find the alternate properties. They can be places you’ve looked at during your hunt or places that are new to you but fit your criteria. In our case they wanted to find really alternative spaces for us. This is incredibly hard in the Midwest, which is why we JUMPED on the firehouse. On the third day of filming we were supposed to tour a church. Our producer asked us to preview it and the place needed SO much work. It was just the sanctuary so it didn’t even have a kitchen or bathroom. Plus the roof was leaking so bad that the plaster was literally melting off the walls. We didn’t think anyone would believe it was actually an option so it was scraped.

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Did you get paid?
Yes, $500. But we weren’t in it for the money.

Do you get to preview the episode before it airs?
Nope. We’ll see it along with everyone else. We also don’t know which order the houses will be shown in, but we think the firehouse will be number 3. Since you obviously know which one we’ll choose, I think you should use this to your advantage and bet your spouse $5 (or more. Go big, right?) that we’ll choose the firehouse before it’s revealed. You can thank me later.

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Three cheers to scamming people out of money! And three cheers to being on TV! (But seriously, I’m going to have to have a drink… or 3 before I can watch myself on national TV.) In the meantime, hit us up with your other questions and we’ll answer what we can.

62 comments

  1. Dean

    Super cool. I love that show, especially when it is in St. Louis. Will be even more exciting that I know the people on the show and have been to the firehouse!

    • Heather

      Ooooh… good question. You could come by the firehouse if you want to make the trek? Otherwise you should find a friend who will let you take over their TV for a half hour.

  2. Courtney

    This is so cool. Thanks for the detailed play-by-play! I love knowing more about how it actually works. Sorry you couldn’t wear your favorite coat though. I would have called the whole thing off!

  3. Al Caniglia

    Two Questions – (1) Are all of the House Hunters pre-determined?
    (2) Have you thought about getting on one of the home improvement shows – have them do one of the rooms in your house?

    • Heather

      1) Do you mean – has it already been decided which house you’ll buy? I can tell you, but I’ll have to kill you… Is it worth the risk?
      2) No, those are a whole different beast, as Erin can attest (see above) Plus we don’t trust anyone to nail our design style. We’re happy to work away at the reno over time.

  4. Erin @ One Project at a Time

    How exciting! We were on Bath Crashers, and I was SO nervous before hand that there would be footage of me looking like a total idiot. (That may or may not have been because we found a porn stash during demo- true story.) I saw Al mention in his comment above about getting on home improvement shows to fix up the Firehouse- let me be the first to caution against it. Let’s just say you get what you pay for, in our case we paid nothing. It was a fun experience, but crazy! http://oneprojectatatime.blogspot.com/2011/06/bath-crashers-ambush.html

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  7. Lisa

    We watch the show all the time, but this is the first time I’ve been tempted to search for the property after the show was over! Please tell me you will post updates. I can’t wait to see how it all turns out! You made a great choice!!

    • Heather

      Wow! We’re flattered! Thanks for seeking us out. We were really hoping they would plug the blog on the show (we talked about it in our post interview) but it hasn’t stopped people from finding us. We’re still posting updates and will continue to for, oh, probably the next 10 years as we work on this place 😉

    • Heather

      Hi Caitlin and welcome! Thanks for searching us out. Obviously the firehouse is (and will be for some time) a work in progress, but it’s awesome to see how far it’s come in just a short amount of time.

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  9. Liz

    I just watched the show on a whim on OnDemand. I too was curious as to how it looks now. Can’t wait for the updated photos!
    I also googled house hunters at Louis firehouse. Only time I’ve been tempted to see what it looks like now! And your dog is adorable!

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  11. Eddie

    I cannot fathom why anyone would want to go through the trouble of jumping through hoops to go on this show for $500 of four days filming. What is the point? I can see if you got a few grand, but $500 bucks?

    • Heather

      True. It doesn’t make sense from a financial standpoint. We did it for the experience and we thought it was worth it. That being said, we’d hesitate to dive into some sort of stable reality TV gig (Not that anyone is asking for that. We’re not THAT interesting.)

    • Heather

      That’s SO exciting! I just sent you an email. I figured it would be easier than writing a novel here 🙂 I can’t wait to see your episode!

    • Heather

      For the episode, it’s always three properties and you choose one of the three. Obviously, real house hunts can involve a lot more looking 🙂 They scale it down for TV.

  12. Cynthia

    Just watched your episode and (like many others) so glad to have found you guys and your blog. New follower here and if I’m ever down in St. Louis, I’m stopping by!! Best of luck to you guys and BOTH your pups. 🙂 PS – My favorite part (besides Mojo) was when they casually threw in on the show that you guys scooped up the city land next door for your backyard. Saw what you did with it and completely love it.

  13. Ashley

    Just got an email from a casting scout…asking where we are in our process–if we’ve just started looking, have it narrowed down, or found the one.
    If we have been looking for a while but haven’t narrowed it down yet, will that keep us out of the running to get on the show?
    And what if we find THE ONE but we need to act fast or else we’ll lose it?…will that DQ us from being on the show?

    • Heather

      I’m honestly not sure. Your scout can probably tell you. If they like your story and your personality, I would assume they would want to keep in touch as your search progresses.

  14. Destiny

    I just watched the show and I must say I am impressed!! I immediately had to go look you guys up! I love what you guys did with the studio and I am definitely going to be keeping up with your blog and your progress! I also am very interested in your photography so if I plan to go to St. Louis I will definitely be looking into making an appointment. Best of luck to y’all and I can’t wait to see what comes next!

  15. Kate

    We just got chosen for House Hunters International! Any tips on things you wish you’d known ahead of time, clothes, etc?

    Thanks!
    Kate

    • Nancy Fournier

      Hi Kate, We just got picked for House Hunters International too and we are to begin filming the 5th of Dec. Have you filmed your episode yet? If so would love to know some tips to be prepared. We are in Chiang Mai Thailand. My direct email is ncfklm3@gmail.com if you would like to email me directly back. Thanks Nancy

  16. Jen

    Hi Heather:
    We are filming our episode next week in the US. Can you send me any tips on what you can and can’t wear and if it really took all day to film? Any way to speed things up?
    Thanks!!
    J

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