If you remember, for last month’s Behind the Seams installment, I chatted with the talented and beautiful Kendra Scott. This month, I had a chance to chat with twin brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott of HGTV’s Property Brothers (no relation to Kendra by the way : ).
I’m a huge HGTV fanatic and Property Brothers is one of my favorite shows on the network. I love interior design and home decor, which I count as passions of mine, right along with fashion. I was thrilled to meet the Drew and Jonathan, who were wrapping up filming in Austin, Texas, and I can honestly say they are the nicest, funniest and most talented guys you’ll ever meet. To learn more about this dynamic duo, be sure to visit and Like Drew and Jonathan‘s Official Property Brothers Facebook Page!
By the time Jonathan and Drew enrolled at University (Canadian-speak for college), they were already savvy businessmen: they invested in a rental property during school, lived there for free while renting to other tenants, and later were able to sell the property at a profit. It was then that the proverbial light bulb went off and the brothers began to pursue real estate with a passion.
Now at the helm of Scott Real Estate, Inc., Jonathan and Drew co-host Property Brothers, showing clients that they can have their dream home within their budget, if they’ll only trust the brothers with a promising fixer-upper! With Drew’s real estate savvy and Jonathan’s impeccable design skills, they prove time and again that many homes, even the most unattractive ones, are just diamonds in the rough that need a little TLC.
Property Brothers now airs in 16 countries, and Jonathan and Drew will soon host a new show on HGTV, Buying and Selling, which will focus on guiding homeowners through the sometimes complex, and emotional, selling process. Understandably, the Scott brothers are incredibly busy with their careers, but through it all, they remain close and work well together.
“We have a no BS rule,” said Drew. “You know, people say it’s a mistake to work with family, but that’s only if you’re not being honest with each other. We’re very honest and open. If something’s bothering me or Jonathan, we get everything out on the table, work it out and move on.”
As for renovation/DIY advice, according to Jonathan, the one item every home should have is…wait for it…a glue gun! “It’s also important to know what you’re good at and what’s beyond your skills,” added Drew. “If you’re not good at drywalling, don’t do it. Call in a professional and work together with them. In the end, you’ll save money and end up with a great, quality product.”
Regarding renovation budgets and timelines, Jonathan had this to share:
“I know of one couple that was renovating a room for four years. Renovations don’t have to take years to complete. If you have budget for it, go ahead and do everything upfront. Sometimes people don’t renovate until they’re ready to sell, and then they wonder why they didn’t do it before! If you don’t have the budget, choose which rooms are most important to you and renovate those first.”
“Also, keep in mind that the renovations done on Property Brothers are not for the whole house; it’s usually two to three rooms and we have a team that works with us. A four to five week renovation on the show could take a single contractor 10-12 weeks.”
Added Drew, “Be sure to make your wishlist of everything you want in a home, but keep in mind there are no perfect homes.” That is, until the Property Brothers get a hold of them!
Beyond real estate, the brothers are accomplished actors. Drew is also a film director and producer, and Jonathan is an award-winning illusionist and has worked in Vegas. You can watch this multi-talented duo on Property Brothers on HGTV Wednesdays at 9/8 Central. If you would like to apply to be on the Property Brothers show, just visit their Official Facebook Page’s Info Section here. Good luck!