Fixer Upper: 12 Behind The Scenes Secrets
10. How Do Contestants Prepare
To be a contestant on Fixer Upper is a pretty awesome experience, but clients don’t just sit back and wait for Chip and Joanna to do all the work. The clients also have to do a little bit of prep work before they appear on the show. They are asked to decide exactly what rooms they want renovated and come up with a realistic budget. They sign off on the budget at the beginning of the show and then it’s in the hands of Chip and Joanna. The budget will be allocated towards whatever is on the clients wishlist, but the design team will also come up with their own decisions on what they think will make the renovation TV-worthy.
9. House Hunting
HGTV viewers know many of the shows follow a very specific format that is replicated in each and every episode. Fixer Upper is no different! Each episode starts off with a real estate day. The clients head out with Chip and Joanna to shop for three potential homes they would like to renovate. Because the real estate market is so unpredictable, the clients will already know which home they are going to choose prior to filming. In some cases, the home has already been purchased! In the case of Rachel and Luke, they had already chosen the home and been living in it for several weeks when they started filming, but they were open to looking at the two other options Chip and Joanna wanted (and needed) to show them for the sake of the show.