HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper’ stars rethink contracts as clients rent out homes

Clients of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines have figured out the way to get the most out of their newly renovated homes — they’ve turned them into vacation rentals.

Chip and Joanna Gaines' Magnolia House has begun booking reservations for 2017. The couple appears on the HGTV show "Fixer Upper." (HGTV)

Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia House has begun booking reservations for 2017. The couple appears on the HGTV show “Fixer Upper.” (HGTV)

For the past couple of years, the Waco couple, who own remodeling and design business Magnolia Homes, has captured the interests of viewers everywhere with their show, in which they revitalize once-dilapidated homes. But according to the Waco Tribune-Herald, these fans now have the chance to stay several nights in one of these homes.

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Nearly half a dozen of the owners who have been featured on the show have decided to capitalize on the show’s popularity and have listed their homes on property rental sites like Vacation Rentals By Owner and Airbnb.

This development has led the Gaines to consider changes for people who apply to appear on season five. Here is what Magnolia spokesman Brock Murphy said in a statement to the Waco Tribune-Herald:

“We have no problems with our clients’ interest in using sites like VRBO and Airbnb to rent out their homes. In fact, we get it. But we are going to be more strict with our contracts involving ‘Fixer Upper’ clients moving forward. We want to honor our national viewing audience. We want to do remodels for clients’ homes. That’s the true intent of our show, and we want to ensure that does not get lost in this new vacation rental trend. What started off with perfectly understandable intentions could cast a shadow of a doubt on the much bigger picture, and we are going to do our best to protect that moving forward.”

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Read the Waco Tribune-Herald’s full story here.


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