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 television rooms far and wide as they dole out interior design wisdom and help home buyers transform a fixer upper into a dream home, often while poking fun at one another with a sometimes-cheesy yet always-lovable rapport. But, sometimes, home remodeling shows are a lot 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 TV magic on HGTV. 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, Vulture reported. Country Living magazine reported last year that the furniture used in Fixer Upper's big reveals is just for staging, and participants have to purchase it after the fact if they want to keep anything.
But, the same isn't true for Property Brothers. According to the brothers' website, all furniture and decor featured in the renovated home gets to stay. They claim to even remodel parts of the house that aren't shown on TV. "Certain focus rooms of the renovation with dramatic results get more air time than others, as these give viewers better remodel ideas," their site reads. "Often times, common areas like kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms are shown more than other rooms. Meanwhile a crew is working on the entire house around the clock, some on-camera and some off-camera, to finish the project. Each homeowner definitely gets a completely renovated home!"
It seems the furniture audiences see is the furniture the family keeps, not just on Property Brothers, but also other shows the twins helm, including Brother Vs. Brother. But, Buying and Selling, their show that's focused more on real estate transactions than building a home for a family, uses leased furniture for staging purposes, Drew confirmed on Twitter.
On all our shows they do except Buying and Selling. Because we are just staging to sell we use a lot of leased furniture— Drew Scott (@MrDrewScott) March 27, 2017
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 have some theatrics thrown in, though, right? Surely no one would place homes on the market when they're in this condition. Well, evidently they do. The brothers' site also confirms that 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, the brothers' site says, but the rest is up to how much money the buyers have 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 I can do without, though, is the completely phony exposé in every single episode in which they tell a seemingly shocked couple that no, they cannot, in fact, afford this multimillion 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, fans are sure to still tune in when the new season premieres Oct. 11 at 9 p.m. on HGTV. And viewers can 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.