You’ve heard of caffeine addictions or gambling addictions, TV addictions and even social media addictions, but what about an addiction to home improvement-not the show, actual home improvement projects? Americans spend an estimated $140 billion each year on home improvement so it’s safe to say that many Americans do have a problem. If you’ve always suspected yourself of being among the home improvement addicts, here are some tell-tale signs that will confirm it.
You see potential, not a mess
Whether it’s your home, a home you’re considering purchasing, or any home you happen to enter, you’re too focused on what the home could be that you don’t even notice its flaws. That’s because home improvement addicts know that virtually any problem can be solved with a can-do attitude.
You don’t care what others think
You don’t remodel to make your home more attractive to guests or the neighbors who see it every day. You don’t remodel because it adds value to your home or will make it easier to sell (though those are some added incentives). You undertake remodeling projects because you like to and you enjoy watching your home transform.
You love your home as you love your own children
You would just as soon abandon your child as move out of your home. Sure it has problems (talking about homes now) but you’ve put so much of yourself into it that you can’t bear the thought of leaving. The Home improvement obsessed will do just about anything to stay in the home they’ve put so much into.
HGTV is on 24/7
Television networks that give you home remodeling tips and ideas like HGTV or DIY are always on in your home-they’re the only channels that really matter. It’s your source of inspiration and a daily reminder that there’s still more work to be done in your home and you’re the one to do it.
You make excuses to visit home improvement stores
Sure you could buy a candy bar at any convenience or grocery store but Lowes and Home Depot have them at the cash register too and there were a few other things you wanted to look at while you were there. There are two types of people: people who only go to home improvement stores because they need something and people who go for the ambiance.
Your home is always under construction
Home improvement is your way of life and you wouldn’t have it any other way. You’re constantly thinking of new ways to make your home a better fit for your family’s needs.
A home improvement addiction can be as problematic as any other addiction, especially in its potential to drain your bank account. Fortunately, there are so many easy, inexpensive DIY projects out there that you can satisfy your cravings without spending a fortune. If you’re itching for your next fix, upgrade your light fixtures or install a ceiling fan. Repaint your front room or hang some new curtains. Install baseboard heater covers. All of these projects are inexpensive but will give you what your crave: the chance to roll up your sleeves and work on improving your home.