As a Realtor it goes without saying that my default TV channel HGTV. Whenever I flip on our bedroom TV on those rare weekend mornings off I am inevitably greeted to the sounds of contractors swinging hammers, first time home buyers bickering about closet space and yards (or bathrooms, or kitchens or…) being crashed. It’s not uncommon to start with one episode of House Hunters and before too long my husband is asking if I plan on doing anything else today other than watch TV and surf the MLS. Since 1994, HGTV has inspired, entertained and educated me. It always introduces me to new ideas and surprises me in ways I never thought imaginable.

The biggest surprise, however, was my husband suddenly having an opinion on back-splash color.


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I remember it like it was yesterday – we were sitting on the couch watching an episode of House Hunters when a couple walked into a kitchen at one of their possible selections. Before anyone could say anything my husband looked up from his lap top and muttered, “Oof, that is an ugly back-splash. They should reno the kitchen and go with a lighter color.” I nearly fell off the couch. Not only because he said it but because he was RIGHT.

If this was a movie, this would be the moment where I assumed he was a pod person and would slowly back out of the room. Instead, we looked at each other and laughed. He shook his head in disbelief and said, “I can’t believe that just happened.” But it did and I was secretly (okay, not so secretly) pleased. He even said “reno” instead of renovate – it was amazing.

It’s not that I demand that everyone walk around with an encyclopedic knowledge of homes (if that were the case, all us Realtors would be out of a job) but being able to see the potential in a house or having a minimal idea of what you like in terms of décor or design is a great thing to know. Not every home is move in ready and the ability to understand that, with a little elbow grease and an Angie’s List approved contractor, a home that might not fit all your criteria can become your dream home.

For the laymen who don’t want to pour over the web or walk dozens of open houses to get a feel of what they like and dislike, HGTV is an invaluable resource. With some basic knowledge of how even small projects can have dynamic changes on the overall look of the house clients and Realtors can look beyond the physical and talk about the elusive “potential” of a living space. Well-informed clients can help their Realtor and vice versa. At the end of the day, the job is about making sure your home buyers don’t just find a house they like but a home they can call their own.

If HGTV made my husband – who’s house knowledge starts and stops with the Hugh Laurie show – suddenly have opinions on kitchen back-splash, walk in closets, water features and crown molding then anyone can. Plus, there are few better ways to spend a lazy Sunday than cuddled up on the couch, wrapped in a blanket, sipping on a cup of coffee and watching Property Brothers.

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