Do Homeowners Get To Keep The Furniture On Good Bones?

When mother and daughter team up in "Good Bones," it's always fun to see old, often-falling-apart homes transform into stunning new properties. As for the interiors, the homes on "Good Bones" are always staged beautifully for the show, but that's not always how the home looks once people actually move into it. In fact, the furniture isn't usually a part of the sale at all.

What makes "Good Bones" different from some other HGTV shows is that the team doesn't design a home for a specific person but rather for the purpose of listing it for sale. As a result, they're creating a home that's styled in some way that they think is going to show off the property's best "bones" to create a stunning finished space that attracts a high-value offer.

This said, that doesn't mean that those who buy a "Good Bones" home can't purchase the furniture within it. In fact, property buyers are often given the chance to buy the furniture if they want.

Furniture on Good Bones can be kept for a price

In a 2016 interview with The Indianapolis Star, "Good Bones" costar Mina Starsiak explained that at the time, brands would offer the team pieces to use in their renovation projects. "We did receive a couple of products that were integrated later — not from the network, from brands — things we would never have been able to afford," Starsiak said, adding, "We can't afford to put a $5,000 tub in a house in Fountain Square yet."

While such brand items may stay in a renovated "Good Bones" home, along with the custom-designed features created and built into the home, the rest of the furniture and staged components typically do not. Of course, if a homebuyer loves the look of the home as is, they may have the option of buying the contents from the staging company or network that did the work at an additional cost.

Note that when discussing renovation costs on "Good Bones," the team doesn't reveal the cost of the furniture or any other staged items that are purchased by the homebuyer, if any. That means the price that a "Good Bones" homebuyer pays doesn't include those extras they may decide to purchase later.

The purpose of staging homes like on Good Bones

Imagine what type of impression would be left on the potential homebuyer and the viewer at home if "Good Bones" didn't depict a fully staged, beautifully laid out home after the renovation. An empty but modernized space may look great with new paint and cabinetry, but without furniture and features to make the space look like a home, there wouldn't be such a grand reveal.

Home staging like on "Good Bones" isn't a new concept, and it can prove to be very valuable. A survey from the Real Estate Staging Association in 2021 shed light on this very fact. It found that staged homes, on average, sold nine days faster than other homes on the market, and that staged homes sold for approximately $40,000 over list price. This said, as is the case on "Good Bones," the homebuyers don't get to keep the furniture that's part of the staging — not unless they buy it.