Joey and Lindsey Bauer followed a traditional path
They dated, fell in love and married last September. A few months after the big day, they decided to start looking for a house.
And, as is becoming part of the tradition of searching for a home, they turned to the Internet. One night early in their search, Lindsey, 24, found herself on the website of the HGTV show “House Hunters.” Soon, she was filling out an online questionnaire for those interested in appearing on the show.
That was last fall. A week later, Lindsey received an email from a producer asking for more information. Shortly thereafter, the producer asked for an audition video. By late winter, “House Hunters” crews had visited Omaha twice to film her and Joey, 30, as the Omaha couple looked at homes that would fit their budget and lifestyle. They'll appear on the show at 9 p.m. Thursday.
Like every young couple, Lindsey and Joey's tastes differed some. Lindsey wanted a house that was move-in ready. Joey was content with a fixer-upper. But both wanted a lot of space; Joey grew up in rural Kansas and was used to big yards and open spaces. The couple also works with a dachshund rescue and wanted a yard for the dogs to run.
They worked with a real-estate agent to identify homes to look at when the film crew arrived, and they revisited homes that had caught their attention before and between filming. They sat in front of the camera and discussed things they liked — and didn't — about the homes they toured.
Lindsey is apprehensive about seeing that part of the show.
“We're excited but nervous,” she said. “After watching the show now, it's a little nerve-wracking to see people's idiosyncrasies.”
Ultimately, they found the perfect house, and the HGTV crew happened to be there when they looked at it for the very first time. Thus, the reactions viewers will see Thursday night will be genuine.
After the filming — but before closing — the Bauers hit a small snag when a pipe burst and flooded a room in the basement. The financial institution that owned the home wouldn't pay to fix it, and the Bauers considered walking away.
But they didn't, and they're glad.
“We won't let it get in the way of getting a really good investment,” she said.
The Bauers plan to watch the show at Julio's Mexican restaurant — which also makes an appearance in the episode — with friends.