Jonathan Scott of the Property Brothers reveals who really pays for the renovations on their HGTV shows


If you have ever watched a minute of HGTV, you have probably wondered how much the hosts actually pay for their extensive home renovations. The answer, according to Jonathan Scott? A much.

The contractor half of the Real Estate Brothers revealed during a Facebook Live appearance that the duo actually pays for their renovation projects — including the “bad” costs associated with things like asbestos and outdated electrical wiring.

“Remember, this is Drew's and my real money,” Jonathan says when a fan asks if HGTV covers unexpected expenses. “We buy these houses ourselves, we raise the money to renovate ourselves, so everything related to the project comes out of our pocket.”

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The brothers get some special discounts that the average weekend warrior probably doesn’t get because they are professionals – and because they are, well, the Real Estate Brothers: “You could probably never renovate for the same price as in our shows, because whenever we get a wholesale price, we pass that savings on to the homeowner,” he explains, later adding that they also have “great partners” like Wayfair that sponsor their various series.

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What role does HGTV play in this? While the production company of the twins and older brother JD, Scott Brothers Entertainment, organizes the filming of the shows, the broadcaster covers the costs of filming.

And the 39-year-old revealed another fun fact: If your house is lucky enough to be renovated by Drew and Jonathan, you will not only get to enjoy the brothers' expert work, but you will also receive a pretty amazing bonus.

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“The people who buy these homes are getting a real bargain because they're getting hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of furniture and all this extra stuff, high-quality materials from the deck to the tile, you name it,” he says. “And without the show, they could never get that for that price.”

So where can we register?