If you were a fan of the HGTV hit series Fixer Upper and you’re ready to embark on your own home renovation, you should note that the process isn’t always like what you see on television.
Here are some surprising things Chip and Joanna Gains don’t want you to know about their popular home improvement show.
There’s a Minimum Renovation Budget Required
According to a Fixer Upper cast member, the show “requires at least $30,000 in renovations to be done,” according to a blog by Rachel Teodoro. The unnamed cast member also said Chip and Joanna Gaines have turned down some applicants for not having enough wrong with their house, which wouldn’t make for good television.
Chip and Joanna Gaines’ clients are under strict orders “not to visit the work scene” until reveal day, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald. This is unlike most real-life renovation projects where contractors and project managers often require homeowners to have regular meetings at the site to inspect progress.
Not All Furnishings Stay
Fixer Upper season three star, Jeff Jones and his wife Sara say if you see some furnishings you like on the show, you may be out of luck. Jeff told Apartment Therapy that some of the Gaines’ own furniture was used to stage the home, which “isn’t for sale.”
In addition, clients do have to buy the staging furniture. Kyle and Jaime Ferguson, who were also on season three of the series, said they bought a coffee table, two chairs and a dining table.