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HGTV Secret Revealed! Do the Homeowners Get to Keep the Furniture?
It’s time for another HGTV Secret Revealed, and this one is A GOOD ONE. And it’s based on this question people ask me all the time about the homeowners whose homes we renovate on my HGTV shows: DO THEY KEEP THE FURNITURE? I mean, think about it! We redo their home and on the big reveal day, they walk through the front door and everything looks beautiful with lovely furniture and decor everywhere you look. Their homes are staged to perfection, but wait a minute… do they get to keep that stuff?!
Okay, I know we’ve all wondered this! Let’s remember – I didn’t always have an HGTV show and not that long ago, I had all the same questions you do. So I figured, let’s put some of these to bed! (Yes, that’s a bad furniture pun and I’m laughing and that’s all that matters!)
HGTV Secret Revealed: Do the Homeowners Get to Keep the Furniture?
And the answer is:
Ohhhh, come on Jaz, that’s not a real answer! Okay okay, here’s the deal. Most of the homeowners already own furniture or have pieces that are heirlooms from their childhood, or they want to buy their own furniture… you get the picture. So in those cases, we use pieces from my warehouse mixed with local staging companies to “dress” the homes so that when they walk through the door, it feels like they can just kick off their shoes and start living. Then we also have the folks that have their own furniture, but when they see what I’ve put in their house, they immediately start bargaining for me to leave everything… and they offer to light fire to their own storage unit! Ha! (I wish I was kidding – this was a real offer I received from a client. 😬) But in most of these cases, once the initial love affair wears off, and they realize a toddler would destroy the white couch I put in the living room and that their dark brown sectional is much more practical, they get over it and put their own furniture back in.
That said, there’s the occasional client that says – LEAVE EVERYTHING. To which I say – GREAT!
What do you think? Would you want me to leave everything or would you want your own furniture?