Chip and Joanna Gaines from HGTV’s hit TV show “Fixer Upper” aren’t happy about a new trend in homeowners who have been clients on the show.
As tourism in Waco, Texas, increases with the rise in popularity of “Fixer Upper,” homeowners are renting out their properties more often.
According to Waco Tribune, at least seven of the houses featured on the first four seasons of the show are showing up on vacation rental sites like VRBO and Airbnb.
Some of these homes include…
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Among other homes for rent include the Mailander House and Gorman House. The latter has been turned into a daycare on the bottom floor. While most range from $250-$350 a night, the Barndominium is advertised as being able to sleep 15 and goes for around $1,200 a night.
The obvious answer to putting a famous home up for rent may be financial gain, but the couple of the Mailander House told the Waco Tribune that their motivations were different. Tourists would bottleneck driving by the front of their house; some were even so bold as to knock on the door to see the insude. They have moved to a differnt home and only rent their “fixer upper.”
Interestingly enough, the Harp House as shown above is the home of Chip and Joanna’s custom furniture man on the show – Clint Harp.
According to Waco Tribune, he will be renting out a fifth bedroom to tourists in September.
Brock Murphy, spokesperson of Chip and Joanna Gaines, explained what the couple thinks about this trend:
“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,” Magnolia spokesman Brock Murphy said in a statement.
He also points out the potential negative effects it could have on Chip and Joanna’s show:
“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.”
Chip and Joanna themselves have renovated rental property called the Magnolia House. Reservations for 2017 are open.