'Fixer Upper' contestant reveals what it's really like to be on the popular show

Rebelander Basilan
Jan 16, 2019
01:03 A.M.
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A former contestant of HGTV's hit show "Fixer Upper" is exposing what it's like to have Chip and Joanna Gaines fix up your home. It turns out you need to fork over a bit of cash to be chosen.


"Fixer Upper" aired its pilot episode on May 23, 2013, on HGTV. The reality series has seen the husband-and-wife duo working with clients on buying and remodeling homes.


Any home hunting segments you see on the network are all fake.

“Are you ready to see your fixer-upper?” has become the couple's catchphrase.

But some of the show's participants have claimed that "Fixer Upper" episodes were not as authentic as they appeared to be. Lindy Ermoian, a former client, said there is a lot of acting on the show.


According to CheatSheet, in the event that you want to ask the presence of Chip and Joanna, you should be eager to spend at least $30,000 for the couple to do any real fixing.

Additionally, you need to actually purchase the home and must be within reasonable distance from Waco before they'll even tape the show, which implies any home hunting segments you see on the network are all fake.


The expenses don’t stop at renovation budgets, according to CheatSheet. The contestants are also in charge of paying for the furniture Joanna uses to organize the home.

And it won’t come cheap because those precious signs she regularly includes as a personal touch can cost around $100.


Furthermore, contestants can't put a price on the stress of leaving your newly-purchased home for months while a camera crew tapes in it. And you are not permitted to make any changes to the house until the point when the episode is done taping.

After discovering all of this, it is not surprising that after Chip and Joanna, who tied the knot in May 2003, have worked their magic, the "Fixer Upper" contestants sell their new homes, or listing them on rental applications.

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