We hate to break it to you, but your favorite reality show isn’t as “real” as you think it is.
Of course, we can’t stop watching reruns of HGTV’s hit show Fixer Upper, and we’re even keeping up to date on hosts Chip and Joanna’s pregnancy news. But we’ve also discussed the controversy and lawsuit that followed one of the renovations on their show.
Now, we’re sharing the sad news that appearing on Fixer Upper as a homeowner isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be.
Former contestants are revealing what it’s like to have Chip and Joanna fix up your house, and it turns out you need to jump through a lot of hoops just to get on the show.
First, you need to be in the market for a home in or around Waco, Texas, because Chip and Joanna don’t travel for work. Next, you have to actually buy the home before they’ll even tape the show. So any home hunting segments you see on the network are all fake, sadly.
But the most surprising fact revealed by former contestants is you have to cover the cost of your own renovations. Even though you’re on a TV show, you have to fork up at least $30,000 for Chip and Joanna to do any real fixing.
And some contestants say they end up paying much more than that.