"As seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper" is now appearing on Airbnb and VRBO profiles, to the chagrin of the show's stars. The show follows Chip and Joanna Gaines as they help clients remodel homes with potential in Waco Texas. Now, those homes are showing up on vacation rental websites, and the Gaines are looking to adjust their casting decisions to focus on clients that want to live in the homes they update. Carl Hoover at the Waco Tribune reports that at least six houses were online, and more were planning to follow suit:
At least six other “Fixer Upper” homes could be found listed on VRBO and Airbnb earlier this month, although the owners of one were in the process of downplaying its “Fixer Upper” connection: the Gorman House (season 1, episode 2), the Mailander House (season 1, episode 12), the Shotgun House (season 3, episode 12), the Barndominium (season 3, episode 11), the Chicken House (season 3, episode 18) and the Mid-Mod House (season 2, episode 11). The Harp House (season 1, episode 11) will join that number next month. Most were listed as renting from between $250 to $350 a night.
A spokesman for the Gaines' remodeling company Magnolia told the newspaper that, “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."
To read more about how Waco's community has embraced its famous remodelers, click on the link below to read the full story over at the Waco Tribune.