It probably comes as no surprise that Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines have legions of fans (including us). After all, they've won the hearts of millions of home improvement enthusiasts and DIYers everywhere—not to mention captivated those viewers who love feel-good stories about real homeowners and the renovation of their dilapidated dwellings. Each week, the adorable couple behind the ever-popular HGTV show makes us want to laugh, cry, and rush out to buy new wallpaper and paint. Who wouldn’t want to invite the creative and lovable duo of farmhouse decorating and shiplap over to whip their homes into shape? Well, as it turns out, you may be able to turn your design dreams into reality.
There’s just one tiny thing you should know, though: You have to meet these three specific qualifications before applying, as confirmed to TODAY Home by HGTV. And even then, it’s still up to the casting directors. But it’s well worth it if it gets you one step closer to upgrading your home from drab to fab, right? Read on to see how you and your humble abode could be the next story featured on the hit TV show.
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1. Your house has to be in or around Waco, Texas.
The Gaineses Magnolia Homes franchises are all located in the “Buckle of the Bible Belt,” which is where the husband-and-wife team also reside. While we're sure they'd love to travel all over the country to meet their loyal fans, the production would be too costly. However, as long as you live within 40 miles of the city, you just might get your prayers answered for handmade furniture created by Chip.
2. Your budget must be a minimum of $30,000 for renovations.
Everything is bigger in Texas, including the budget for makeovers. Your $30,000 home improvement stash will certainly get the attention of Fixer Upper producers, but if your space needs more than sprucing and instant curb appeal, you’ll have to spend even more money to match the work done.
3. You can’t control the direction of the design or décor.
After four seasons of watching amazing before-and-after transformations, it’s pretty safe to say Chip and Joanna are experts at their craft. If you’re considering going on the show, you have to let the couple use their own design discretion. Which means, if you want your home painted in a modern dusky blue or sunshine yellow, but the Gaineses and the producers think mineral gray might be a better option, you’ll be—as we say in the South—up a creek without a paddle.
Basically, you have one initial conversation with the designer about your preferences, but after that, there’s no additional contact. Fixtures, furniture placement, style, and colors are now in the Magnolia gang’s very capable hands. According to the show and application, the reason they limit input is to give the homeowners a chance to really be surprised when they see their new and improved home for the first time.
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If you can check off all three boxes of these requirements and you’re over the age of 21, visit hgtv.com for more details and to apply.