I started getting into various home & leisure shows recently when I couldn’t find much else to watch during flights with JetBlue and Southwest.
One of my favorites is the HGTV Fixer Upper show, which features couple Joanna and Chip Gaines amazingly renovating homes in Waco, Texas.
I wouldn’t think that HGTV Fixer Upper would have much to do with travel but it is having an impact on rental sites like VRBO and Airbnb!
According to Travel + Leisure, “Fans pay big sums to stay in real Fixer Upper homes—up to $1,200 per night, in some cases.”
One man (who’s home was renovated on the show), Dave Morrow said that most of the Fixer Upper fans are women in their 50’s. So many fans were visiting Morrow’s family’s fixer upper after their episode aired that they made a wise business decision.
They decided to purchase another home to live in and use their fixer upper home as a rental property.
Currently 5 homes are listed on Airbnb and VRBO and a sixth will be coming online as a rental in the near future. One bed and breakfast renovated by the Joanna & Chip Gaines which opened in February is fully booked through the end of the year!
Due to homes from Fixer Upper being rented out, T+L writes that “A spokesperson for Magnolia Market , the Gaines’s home goods store in Waco said that contracts for clients are going to be more strict in the future.”
The Gaines’s real goal is to renovate homes for the people not create rental properties which gain popularity due to the show.
Find out more from T+L here.