Do 'Property Brothers' Homeowners Keep The Furniture? Drew & Jonathan Scott Reveal How Real The Show Is
To many, Jonathan and Drew Scott are a familiar pair of houseguests. The identical twins are welcomed into living rooms far and wide as they dole out interior design wisdom and help home buyers transform fixer-uppers into dream homes, often while poking fun at one another with a sometimes-cheesy yet always-lovable rapport. But home remodeling can sometimes involve a lot amount of smoke and mirrors, painting a perfectly packaged picture that is far from reality. So, do participants on Property Brothers get to keep their new furniture, or are they left with a beautifully remodeled yet empty shell of a home?
There's precedent for believing HGTV shows aren't always as they seem. Despite the agonized decision-making portrayed on another HGTV hit, House Hunters, you can't even appear on that show if you haven't already closed on a house, according to Vulture. And Country Living magazine reported in 2016 that the furniture used in Fixer Upper's big reveals is just for staging; participants have to purchase it after the fact if they want to keep anything.
Fortunately for fans, the same isn't true for Property Brothers. As Drew confirmed on Twitter, all furniture and decor featured in the renovated home gets to stay.
And this seems to be the case not only on Property Brothers, but the twins' other shows, including Brother Vs. Brother. As Drew explained on Twitter, the only exception is Buying and Selling. Because it's focused more on selling and not building a home for someone, they use leased furniture for staging purposes.
An interesting note — apparently furniture the family already owns is largely not used on Property Brothers, at least in rooms shown on TV. Bustle has reached out to representatives from HGTV to elaborate, but Drew said in a Twitter Q&A that though they typically include all new furniture and decor, they will keep "what's important to homeowners." Viewers have seen that in action before — Grandma's antique kitchen table or a rocking chair a couple didn't want to part with has often been a sentimental focal point of the remodeled home.
But the actual home-buying process has to include some behind-the-scenes theatrics, right? Surely no one would place homes on the market when they're in this condition. Well, evidently they do. According to the brothers' website, none of the homes they show to potential buyers are staged or altered in any way. Some people just take really bad care of their homes. Property Brothers throws in $10,000 including labor and certain sponsored products, but the rest is up to how much money the buyers want to spend. Drew and Jonathan can't work with just any old budget, though — the casting form for the most recent season of Property Brothers specifies that applicants must have a minimum design and renovation budget of $90,000.
As far as transparency goes, it looks like we can safely give the brothers two thumbs up. One thing we could do without, though, is the completely phony exposé in every single episode in which they tell a seemingly shocked couple that no, they cannot afford this multi-million dollar mansion. You know you can't afford this house, Brenda and Chad.
You have auditioned for Property Brothers, a show with the premise of buying a horrifying fixer-upper and renovating it into the home of your dreams. Were you not tipped off by the sweeping staircases, nine bedrooms, and indoor pool that maybe this doesn't fit your budget? Spare me the faux gasping when the price is revealed. I understand that producers like to show audiences a comparison home to illustrate how much the couple would actually have to spend to get everything they want in a move-in ready house, but surely there's a less cheesy way to do that.
Regardless, viewers can at least enjoy the renovations with peace of mind. It's so much easier to be sucked into a home design show when you know the furniture, which is integral to the transformation, isn't going to be whisked away the moment the cameras turn off. Drew and Jonathan are here to create a good home, not just good TV.