These 2 things would send Chip Gaines running from a Fixer Upper

From tumbledown kitchens to claustrophobic floorplans, it seems like there’s no construction woe too great for Chip Gaines to tackle with his brute strength and cheeky optimism. At times, he’s even had us thinking we were equipped to do flip a crappy home all by our lonesome. (Mhmm, OK, girl.)

But as it turns out, even renovation superstars like Chipper have their limits. We recently linked up with the KILZ spokesman to discuss the problems that would, in fact, send him running for the hills. Here’s what he had to say:

Black Mold
“Black mold, which is officially called 'stachybotrys,' has definitely been a deal-breaker in the past,” he told us. These gnarly toxic mold spores are caused by leaky pipes, poor ventilation and flooding, and feed on household materials like drywall and insulation. In addition to being incredibly costly to remove and replace, they’re also downright dangerous to your health, capable of leading to severe respiratory problems and allergic reactions. Eeek.

Related: Shocking facts about the couple 

10 facts you didn't know about 'Fixer Upper' stars Chip and Joanna Gaines
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10 facts you didn't know about 'Fixer Upper' stars Chip and Joanna Gaines

They both attended Baylor University, but the two actually didn't meet in school! 

Jo's father owned tire shop and he saw a picture of her hanging behind the store counter. He convinced himself he was gonna marry Jo even before they had actually met.

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Jo was a communications major at Baylor University and she had dreams of becoming a broadcast journalist. 

Before getting her big break on "Fixer Upper," she actually appeared in commercials for her father's tire shop. Chip eventually used the commercial in a pick-up line when they first met ... and the rest is history!

As for Chip, he had other aspirations, like being a baseball player or politician. 

If it ain't broke, don't fix it! Chip stays loyal to his favorite clothing brands. In fact, he's worn the same style of jeans and boots since they got married in 2003 -- Gap 1969 standard-fit jeans and Ariat boots.

His ladylove, on the other hand, prefers Citizen low-rise skinny jeans and Frye boots. 

As you can probably tell from all their renovations on "Fixer Upper," Jo loves to decorate with pretty blooms and greenery. Her favorite flower? Pink antique roses.
Chip and Jo's Pinterest-perfect farmhouse sits on 40 acres of land, which is just big enough for their 60 animals to roam around in.
Jo knew the value of hard work even when she was very young. Her first job? At an all-you-can-eat buffet. To this day, she says still appreciates buffet lines, but her husband has different thoughts on the matter.

The couple's first fixer-upper home? Their very own abode that they started working on soon after their honeymoon. The 1,700-square-foot Victorian home they currently live in is the ninth home they've lived in and renovated together.

The name "Magnolia," which they named all their businesses after (Magnolia Homes, Magnolia Market, Magnolia Farms) holds a special meaning. When they first started dating, Chip would bring blooms from Magnolia trees to Jo.

The Gaines family doesn't own a television! They go over to a friend's house every week to watch their own "Fixer Upper" episodes or in their hotel room during trips.


Major Foundation Problems        
Think: Cracked drywall, pooling water in a basement or large cracks to exterior concrete. The BFD with these signs is that they often indicate other, much larger, lurking issues that really require a structural engineer to detect and address. “These repairs are typically time-consuming and extremely expensive,” said Gaines. You can say that again: While you could be looking at a few grand to patch could also be dealing with a $100,000 bill for an all-new foundation.

Caveat: Of course “everything can be fixed,” Gaines clarified, “it all just boils down to budget and expectations.” So if you’ve got a sky-high savings account and that moldy, structurally-unsound Victorian is “the one”—well—if there’s a will, there’s always a way.                       

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