Who pays for home renovations on your favorite HGTV and other shows — and how much do they cost?

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Like millions of Americans, you can’t get enough of the home renovations on reality TV. Watching real estate undergo amazing transformations within one episode is nothing short of amazing — but it doesn’t come cheap.

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No doubt some homeowners get a free screen makeover, but most have to foot the bill themselves. Specific rules vary by show, but some require particularly large budgets to enter.

That’s right — you probably thought people opted to attend these shows in exchange for a free home makeover, but that’s not usually the case. Sure, they’re likely to fetch deep discounts and acquire the expertise of industry-leading remodeling experts, but they’re paying for it.

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‘Farm Fixer’

If you’re watching HGTV’s Farmhouse Fixer, you’ll know Jonathan Knight – best known as a member of New Kids on the Block – and his designer Kristina Crestin transforming old farmhouses into dreamy residences. What you may not know, however, is that homeowners must have a renovation budget of at least $150,000.

Additionally, homeowners must be willing and able to move out of the property during the renovation process – a common requirement for these shows. So if they can’t stay with friends or family, they’ll likely have to pay the temporary housing bill and renovation costs.

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‘Outgrown’

If you’re a fan of “Boise Boys” stars Clint Robertson and Luke Caldwell, you know their new HGTV series “Outgrown” has best friends renovating homes to accommodate expanding families. This doesn’t come cheap, however, as homeowners must have a minimum budget of $75,000.

“Back Home with the Fords”

Pittsburgh-based HGTV stars Leanne and Steve Fords’ new series “Home Again With the Fords” follows the sibling team as they modernize old homes for their clients while returning to where they grew up — but it will cost money. Specifically, a $80,000 renovation budget is required for consideration.

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“Love it or list it”

Now in its 13th season, HGTV’s “Love It or List It” — starring real estate agent David Visentin and designer Hilary Farr — follows homeowners as they modernize a property that’s no longer working for them, and then decide whether to stay or them Selling. Expert design and construction assistance is likely to be greatly appreciated, but it doesn’t come cheap as homeowners must have a budget of at least $75,000.

‘Nate & Jeremiah by Design’

They’ve since moved on to other reality TV projects, but Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent co-starred in TLC’s Nate & Jeremiah by Design from 2017-2019. On the show, the celebrity designers helped couples renovate challenging living spaces that made their homes largely uncomfortable to live in — at a cost.

To be considered for the show, homeowners had to have a budget of $40,000 to $60,000. While this may seem expensive, it’s probably a steal from each of their respective interior design firms, considering their A-list status.

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‘Fixer Upper’

Fixer Upper fans are probably more than thrilled. Chip and Joanna Gaines will be bringing their beloved home renovation show back on their new Magnolia Network in 2022. There’s a serious renovation budget to apply. All homeowners featured in the Fixer Upper reboot were required to have at least a $50,000 renovation budget. That means you can expect some pretty spectacular home updates in the new season.

New nameless show

A new show that has not yet aired, High Noon Entertainment and an unnamed major television network are currently casting homeowners in the San Antonio, Texas area who have lost that loving feeling towards their home. The casting call is for homeowners who originally loved a unique aspect of the property – i.e. a second floor kitchen – but are now realizing it isn’t working. If that sounds like your current situation, you could have your home transformed into a place that better suits your needs — if you have the money to fund the project. All homeowners must have a renovation budget of at least $75,000 to be featured on the show.

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“Unsaleable Houses”

A break with the standard rule, homeowners who appear on HGTV’s “Unsellable Houses” don’t have to provide upfront financing for renovations on their property. Based in the North Seattle area, twin sisters Lyndsay Lamb and Leslie Davis are real estate agents who invest their own money doing light renovations to homes that have been on the market for some time.

When the house is sold, the sisters get their initial investment back and share any additional profits with the homeowner. While the homeowner ultimately pays for the renovations, it probably helps not to have to come up with the money before the improvements are made.

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If you’re a homeowner who enjoys reality TV renovation shows, you’ve probably imagined what it would be like to appear in one yourself. Whether you’re updating a non-functional space or looking to spruce up your home for sale, there’s almost certainly at least one show that will tick all of your boxes.

However, be prepared to invest a significant amount of money in your renovation. Showing your home on TV can be fun, but it certainly doesn’t come cheap.

If you can afford the renovation budget, take advantage of the expertise of industry-leading professionals who can turn your space into your dream home. You’ll also enjoy your 15 minutes of fame, which gives you the right to show off.

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Last updated: November 2, 2021

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