three Massive Causes I am Not Unhappy to See Hit HGTV Present Fixer Higher Go
“It’s higher to burn out than to fade away.” —Neil Younger
Oh boy, here we go. I’m positive you might be rolling your eyes or possibly fuming on the thought that I’m about to tackle this upstart powerhouse! Like most upstarts, Chip and Joanna Features have constructed their empire rapidly. When most get into this place, they both burn out or fade away into obscurity. The present Fixer Higher, nevertheless, has determined to finish 5 seasons after which pull the plug on the top of recognition.
Chip and Joanna are the plucky middle of the present, serving to a pair purchase after which renovate a house, with Chip bringing the development knowhow and the sass and Joanna providing the design and grownup daycare to steadiness it out. Constructed on pillars of likable hosts, earlier than and after oohs and ahs, and scripted episodes—and held along with extra shiplap than you might think about—the present is now rather more than only a TV present. It entails an actual property brokerage, retail areas, many manufacturers, and merchandising. For some cause, it has additionally created a trip vacation spot out of Waco, Texas.
Due to this cult following, most anybody within the renovation aspect of the true property enterprise has been impacted by Fixer Higher’s large stamp on the trade. Simply mentioning to somebody that I repair up homes to promote them, I get met with, “Oh! Like Fixer Higher? I really like that present. Chip is so humorous, and I simply love Joanna’s designs.” It’s simpler typically simply to reply, “Yeah, that’s what I do” than clarify the entire, actual course of.
I make all of it sound a bit campy and dangerous, but it surely’s not. I truly just like the present (and my spouse Stacy loves it). We even put the Fixer Higher e book within the high 7 self improvement books of 2016! Out of the entire fix-up reveals on the market, this one is probably the most palatable. In spite of everything, it’s considerably sensible, and it’s typically likable.
Nonetheless, it does have many issues, which is why I wrote this entire factor. The remainder of these fix-up reveals on TV? Properly, that may be a weblog put up for one more day (closely sprinkled with a lot profanity). As a repair and flip investor, I take delicate design cues and notes from these reveals, however I nonetheless get lots pissed off on the unrealistic situations and budgets portrayed.
So, Anson, you just like the present however are blissful to see it go? I’m, it’s true. And listed below are the three explanation why.
three Massive Causes I’m Not Unhappy to See Hit HGTV Present Fixer Higher Go
1. No Extra Monopoly on Design
As most people (i.e. the patrons of our completed merchandise) watch extra DIY and actual estate-related reveals, their tastes get modified and influenced. First was HGTV as a complete, forcing baked scone partitions and brown tones all through. Now we’ve got Joanna Gaines pushing painted brick, farmhouse classic, and plenty of shiplap. These issues are, after all, nice, however they’ve develop into a bit extra common than the typical flipper likes. When one present is so common that it almost holds a monopoly on design, it may well solely be a nasty factor.
After all, the great, timeless designs are pushed as properly, together with open flooring plans, evergreen cupboards and fixture decisions, and principally impartial colours (minus these black loos I’ve seen recently—ugh). Getting folks to suppose extra about design usually is sweet, so kudos to Fixer Higher for that.
What’s going to change this present as design inspiration for most individuals? It’ll in all probability be again to Pinterest and Houzz.com—and I’d personally advocate following the designs of pals of mine who’re killing it: TTM Growth out of Portland and Enfort Properties from Seattle.
2. Room for Much less Formulaic Exhibits
In case you take a minute to rapidly flip by means of the entire TV stations out there to you, you’ll discover a number of issues. First, drama sells—and second, folks love scripted, formulaic, predictable reveals.
Right here is the given formulation for Fixer Higher:
- Home is chosen (faux)
- Budgeting/designing/work begins
- Chip finds one thing fallacious that pops up out of the blue (each single present) and now has to name the homeowners to inform them it’s going to price extra to complete (faux)
- Joanna phases the home, lengthy into the early morning each time, for some cause (faux)
- Massive reveal: The home is ideal, and everyone seems to be blissful (faux)
Let’s sort out these things one after the other. First, the friends on the present need to be below contract or already personal the house earlier than filming, so all the “home choice” a part of the present is scripted and pretend. That kills the primary half of all the present!
What’s subsequent? It’s been reported that the home-owner already is aware of in regards to the upcoming “downside” that Chip finds and the drama that’s created round calling the proprietor for more cash. Additionally, Chip wouldn’t be a terrific contractor if he didn’t learn about most of those “issues” earlier than beginning and budgeting for work.
The subsequent factor I’ll name out is the truth that the furnishings and staging objects all depart after the digicam shuts off. The fact of visiting these completely manicured homes a month after the crew leaves and Joanna removes all of her furnishings and design items must be jarring. The entire manicured decisions for present are changed by the householders’ actual furnishings, which is sort of by no means fairly. There’s one other 15 minutes we may toss.
The final half, the reveal, is all properly and good, however as I clarify beneath, it’s a setup since they don’t even end each room in the home.
So, what’s the answer right here? I hope that persons are getting uninterested in the identical outdated factor each week on these reveals and are starting to crave uncooked, actual folks and situations to observe. I wish to see actual folks doing actual enterprise on a day-to-day foundation, however I’m in all probability within the minority. I do know that Fixer Higher is 90% faux for leisure functions solely, however most viewers don’t notice simply how formulaic and arrange it’s. I feel it’s time to take a large sledgehammer to those reveals, shattering them to small, unrecognizable items so as to make means for one thing new and actual.
three. The Alternative to Set Extra Sensible Expectations
I’m not a TV producer (fortunately), and I’m truly within the every day grind of this enterprise, so I don’t perceive why producers really feel the necessity to deceive at almost each flip. This units up dangerous or unrealistic expectations on the subject of renovation, budgets, and actual property usually.
No, my day is just not full of even 5% of the drama that they painting, and sure, I end the entire home. Wait, what’s that? Most viewers don’t notice that the Texan dynamic duo fail to completely renovate all the home—they solely give attention to the “after” rooms you see, whereas others get a mere “contact up.” I’d truly like to see the extent to which they repair up the “touched up” rooms. This might throw off anybody’s expectations of budgeting for a complete dwelling rework. It’s reported that the present is just not blissful when the homeowners determine to double money in and provide their newly mounted up, freely-advertised-for-an-hour-on-a-hit-show property as an Airbnb rental. I imply, there are a ton of Fixer Higher followers coming to Waco to go to one among half dozen Magnolia shops (when is the theme park coming?), so why not keep in one of many precise homes from the present? The common viewer is duped into believing that rehabs are all drama, they get a skewed sense of the cash that went into the repair, and so they don’t know that a few of these homes simply develop into leases.
I attempt to not pay an excessive amount of consideration to the truth/scripted design or fix-up reveals, however this one has held a strangle tight grip on the trade for 5 seasons now. I’m prepared for one thing new—some new blood to brighten up the trade and present most people one thing rather more sensible about our enterprise. However I really feel that could be a little optimistic, since most new reveals are extra of the identical. The vacuum that this monster present leaves will probably be fascinating, not as a result of it’s gone, however due to what may swoop in to fill that void.
Are you a fan of Fixer Higher? Why or why not?