Chip and Joanna Gaines are enjoying a lot of popularity on HGTV, but that doesn’t mean Fixer Upper is without controversy. While the renovation stars gear up for Season 5, a new casting call reveals exactly what contestants agree to before landing a spot on the show.
According to Huffington Post, the official questionnaire confirms rumors that some scenes are staged and/or reenacted. The questions also make it clear that every contestant should have at least $30,000 in their budget and should have already bought a home near Waco, Texas. In fact, many of the questions can only be answered if you have already purchased a home, which is contrary to what is portrayed on the show.
For example, the questionnaire asks about the escrow process and how much money the buyer spent on the house. The potential contestants are then required to share a collection of photos of the home and note any structural problems. These questions confirm what former participants have revealed in the past, including Fixer Upper Season 3 contestant David Ridley, who claimed he bought his home before appearing on the show.
“You have to be under contract to be on the show. They show you other homes but you already have one,” Ridley explained. “After they select you, they send your house to Chip and Joanna and their design team.”
In addition to already picking out your home, Wide Open Country reports that you have to dish out a lot of personal information on the application. Chip and Joanna need to know everything about your personal life before letting you on Fixer Upper, including why you bought the home, what hobbies you enjoy, and your current occupation.
You also have very little control over the design decisions. While Chip and Joana try to incorporate your personal tastes into the renovation, they ultimately control the final decisions on the show. Fortunately, Chip and Joanna have been doing this for a long time and clearly have a great eye for design. Even still, personal tastes vary greatly and there’s no guarantee you’ll like the end result.
Even if you get past the application process and are featured on Fixer Upper, there are things you still have to worry about. According to KCen TV, the value of the homes on Fixer Upper have skyrocketed in recent years. Some values have even rose over $100,000. This is great for homeowners looking to sell, but there’s no telling if these values will remain high over the long run.
Season 5 of Fixer Upper should premiere later this year.
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