It's honestly a little scary how painfully easy it is to get sucked into an HGTV show. One minute you're flipping through the channels on your TV and the next thing you know, six hours have passed and you're still watching House Hunters International. All it takes is one moment of weakness, and bam, you're hooked. But when you move from a casual accidentally marathoning a show every once in a while to having an entire network worth of favorites that you can't stop thinking about, you might be a little bit obsessed. Here's how you can tell:
1. You refer to all the stars by their first name, like you're friends in real life.
(Hi, Chip and Jo!)
2. You know everything there is to know about Christina El Moussa, down to her haircuts.
And her relationships post-divorce. And basically everything she posts on social media.
3. You care deeply about the Property Brothers, and have read all of their books.
If you're being honest, you're secretly a little sad that you didn't get invited to Drew and Linda's wedding. Or at least, you made sure not to miss the TV special, and you have a lot of opinions about it.
4. You've watched so many episodes of Love It or List It that you can always tell what the homeowners are going to decide before they decide it.
It's like you have a sixth sense for these things now.
5. You've never missed an episode of House Hunters, but that doesn't stop you from watching reruns whenever they're on.
Seriously, you've seen this episode like, 4 times. You already know what happens. Don't you want to watch something new? No? Okay.
6. When you find out someone you know doesn't watch HGTV, you find yourself explaining all the intricacies of your favorite shows and their stars.
Before you know it, you've been talking about Flip or Flop for a full half hour, and your friend is dying to change the subject. Or dying to watch an episode, if you're lucky.
7. Every time a new season of your favorite show premieres, it's like Christmas.
And when a show comes to an end (you're still not over Fixer Upper!) you can't help but go through a mini mourning period.
8. You've heard and said the word "shiplap" so many times at this point, you're not even really sure what it means anymore.
"Is shiplap even a word?" you ask yourself, as you fall into an existential crisis.
9. You spend a lot of your free time looking at real estate listings, even though you're not moving or buying a new home any time soon.
You just like to look, and, you know, think things like "OMG, wait, is that exposed brick?" and "What if we just up and moved to Texas?"
10. You also spend a lot of time thinking about how much different homes cost.
You don't want to be rude, so you'd never ask, but the curiosity is killing you.
11. And you find yourself noticing every little detail upon entering someone's home for the first time.
"Look at that crown molding," you think to yourself, as you make a mental note of everything you want — and don't want — in your own space.
12. You have a handful of unfinished DIY projects waiting to be completed just hanging around the house.
Why? Because you got inspired and then quickly realized you took on a little bit more than you bargained for.
13. You've spent hours of your precious time trying to track down a particular paint color (or light fixture, or sofa, or coffee table — you name it) that you saw in an episode of Fixer Upper once.
You needed it. It's fine. It'll be okay.
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