If you've dreamed of appearing on an episode of Fixer Upper (or if you just love shiplap, an open floor plan, and sliding barn doors), Season 5 could be your big chance! The was just posted, but be forewarned: It's a . Some things — like living-within-a-40-mile-radius-of-Waco and being "outgoing, energetic, and fun" — are . But other sections were a bit more surprising. Here are the fields from the application that had us doing a double-take.
1. You must accept the Design Team's choices—even if you don't like them, and even if you were never consulted.
"Although your house and renovations are your responsibility," reads the form, "you understand that you are hereby appointing the Design Team (Magnolia Homes) to make decisions on your behalf while performing work on your home. While the Design Team will take your thoughts into consideration, you will have to accept that some final renovation choices may differ from your original decisions or desires. Are you willing to trust the Design Team to make decisions and changes to your house, on your behalf, often without consulting you?"
That's a pretty big commitment, but potential clients have to know they're in good hands, right? By Season 5, we'd say the Gaineses have more than proven their skills. We'd certainly let Joanna do whatever she wanted to our homes!
2. You have to reveal if you've applied for or appeared on other home-renovation shows.
And "if so, which ones?" It's hard to believe there are serial home reality show entrants out there, but we're guessing this is there to help the casting team choose one-of-a-kind clients and create unique content. It makes sense that they'd want to prevent any overlap in programming.
3. And for that matter, do you watch any real estate/construction/design shows?
We're probably most perplexed about this one. Why would it matter if you're a fan of home-related reality TV? Chip and Joanna . Perhaps it's just there to get a feel for the applicant's taste and familiarity with the format.
4. The minimum renovation budget is $30K.
Before you settle on a budget, keep in mind that you'll need to devote at least $30,000 to renovations alone. But "financial contribution should be proportional to the amount of renovations your new home will need," explains the form.
5. The minimum overall budget is $30-50K.
Since the minimum reno budget is already $30K, that would have to mean the lower end of this range is for those who already own a house or land. (Also interesting to ponder, since every episode follows a format that starts with a house-shopping scene).
In case you were wondering, the overall budget field goes all the way up to "over $300K". Now that's one big Fixer Upper!
6. There's a field for the "address of your potential new home".
And a bunch of other questions about the home itself. "What is the purchase price?" "Is there a garage/yard/driveway?" "Are you aware of any construction/structural issues?" "Where are you in the escrow process?"
There are even places to upload photos—meaning plenty of people might already have a home picked out before they go on the show. Which has us wondering: Do Chip and Jo still show the clients additional options, even if they've already picked one out? Are the homeowners just acting like they've never seen the house before?
According to Season 3 participant David Ridley, yes. Last year,he had already purchased his home .
"This part I have to be careful about because the show sets it up where you look at the house, but anybody who reads the blogs know that you kind of have to have the house set up. I did consider [the other two houses] but they had no backyard," he said.
If what Ridley says is true, and you have to in order to be on the show, that house-hunting part of the episode is (at least in some cases) totally for entertainment purposes.
Still, according to the form, you needn't have a home under contract at the time of application. Just fill out questions 1-12 and leave the rest blank for now, it explains. Who knows, you might hear back!