Homes that have been renovated and flipped on the HGTV series Fixer Upper are fast becoming the hottest vacation rentals in Waco, Texas.
The team behind the show — which sees Chip and Joanna Gaines work with clients to find, buy and remodel homes — are rethinking contracts with future participants after at least six homes from previous seasons have popped up on rental sites such as Airbnb and VRBO, according to WacoTrib.com.
“We have no problems with our clients’ interest in using sites like VRBO and Airbnb to rent out their homes,” Brock Murphy, a spokesperson for the Gaines’ Magnolia Homes, told WacoTrib in a statement. “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.”
The Gaines’ work is unique to Texas, making it a popular destination for fans of the show and bringing visitors to see, and now possibly rent, their work. Recent listings on rental sites have included season 1’s the Gorman and the Mailander houses, season 2’s the Mid-Mod House, and season 3’s the Shotgun House, the Barndominium, and the Chicken House. Online listings include taglines such as, “as seen on HGTV’s Fixer Upper.”
So how much will it set you back to spend a night in one of the Gaines’ creations? According to Airbnb, The Chicken House can cost around $195 a night, while the Barndominium averages $1277 nightly on VRBO.
Fixer Upper returns for its fourth season later in the fall, with the promise of renovating more unique spaces (which you now probably won’t be able to rent on completion).