Fixer Upper has come to end, but we still can’t stop talking about it. We’ll attribute that fact to (a) the gloriousness that is HGTV reruns, (b) shiplap taking over the world, whether we like it or not, and (c) homes.com watching every single episode of the showâ€”that’s 79, in case you careâ€”to break down the show’s average reno budget, home price, and more. We’re glad it wasn’t us glued to the couch for that long, but we absolutely appreciate homes.com’s effort, because who isn’t curious about this stuff?! Of all the random tidbits the site discovered, these were the ten that really had us nerding out:
- The families apparently dislike stairs. The most commonly selected fixer-upper house is a ranch (48 percent).
- Not every house is in the Gaines’s hometown. The fixer-upper is located in Waxo, Texas, 60 percent of the time.
- The fixer-upper is, in fact, a pretty good deal. The average purchase price for the fixer-upper is $173,221. (For context, the median home value in the United States is $215,600, according to Zillow.)
- The remodel costs almost as much as the house itself. The average renovation budget is $111,631. (For context, HomeAdvisor reports the average renovation of multiple rooms in the U.S. is between $16,891 and $64,337).
- The house isn’t massive. The average square footage of a fixer-upper is 2,627 square feet.
Bonus fun fact: Marble and the color gray are frequent stars on the show.
Photo: Courtesy of Homes.com
- The house is worth more in the end, but not by a huge amount. The average amount of value added to the fixer upper is $26,036, which means the family recoups about 25 percent of the cost of the reno. (For context, Remodeling’s Cost Vs. Value 2018 report says the national average cost recouped from a major midrange kitchen remodel is about 50 percent.)
- Shiplap isn’t as prevalent as we thought. Joanna will use shiplap 33 percent of the time.
- The Gaineses run into issues just like the rest of us. Chip and Joanna will call with a problem 50 percent of the time, which will cost about $4,600 on average.
- Everyone seems to care more about the inside of the fixer-upper than the outside. Joanna will propose an outdoor upgrade about 32 percent of the time, and clients will only go with that option about 35 percent of the time.
- Even Chip and Joanna find sticking to renovation budgets tough sometimes. They were on budget 78 percent of the time, over budget 15 percent, and under budget only 7 percent of the time throughout the series.