5 Phrases We Learned From Watching HGTV
We'll admit it: We're full-on HGTV addicts. From the cute twin brothers on Property Bros to the episodic anticipation of Love It or List it and sheer voyeurism of House Hunters, we get lost in epic marathons—and have learned a thing or two about industry jargon along the way. Whether you're a home and garden devotee like us, or a newbie to the wonderful world of real estate, we compiled a handy list of the trade terms used most frequently on just about every HGTV show ever.
These terms can help you as a first-time home buyer—and feel free to reference this slideshow for a great drinking game the next time you tune into an HGTV weekend marathon: One sip every time someone says "sight lines"—go!
Click through to see the phrases that will have you sounding like a property pro in no time.
Though the term has expanded and is used to reference the external aesthetic value of pretty much anything these days, technically speaking it covers all of the frontal aspects of a home that directly translate to the appeal, and therefore value, of the property. This includes paint, window treatments, the front door, and any landscaping. Buyers on HGTV often have to sacrifice curb appeal for square footage, or prioritize curb appeal over an updated kitchen, for example.
Ah, sight lines! A term used again and again on the range of HGTV shows, sight lines are, quite literally, what someone sees from different places in a home. In an ideal world, for instance, you might want the master bedroom to have a sight line to the sun setting over a river, versus the back alley of a nightclub. Sight lines are something you particularly want to take into account when constructing or renovating a house, and great sight lines will, of course, increase the property price.
An open concept refers to when a kitchen looks out at the dining and/or living room and beyond, unobstructed by walls separating each room. Open-concept spaces are desired for their communal and social utility, whereby people engaged in different functions (cooking, watching TV, hanging out) can interact and see one another. Parents often prefer an open-concept kitchen since it allows them to supervise children while performing other tasks.
An en suite is the fancy French term for bathrooms that are part of and only accessible within a room. Any bathroom that isn't separate from a larger room, for instance in a hallway, is considered an en suite.
Often used by the show host to bring an excited couple back down to reality, a "premium" in the real estate field refers to anything that is in high-demand for the neighborhood, which for certain locations can include things like basements and of course, ever-coveted backyards.
How many of these phrases did you know?