Is everything for show these days?
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A recent Reddit article brought reality shows into question, and some commenters got very real about what goes on behind the scenes on HGTV’s renovation show, “Love It or List It.” Apparently, the show is not all it’s cracked up to be.
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One person revealed that two family members were part of the show; the producers had them tape two endings and then decided which one to air!
“My aunt and uncle were on “Love It Or List It” and they had them record both endings and the network chose which one they thought was best. They are still in the house and they love it, but the show says they listed it.”
So, if you are like us and wait in anticipation for the final scene when the family chooses whether or not they want to keep the newly renovated home, you’ll be disappointed to hear that news.
This revelation is a big let-down for fans because most tune in to see the competition between designer Hilary and real estate agent David. It turns out, there’s no real competition.
Another disappointing fact about the show comes from the actual design time. While it seems that the renovations take no time, they can actually take months because producers try to crank out as many episodes in a particular market as possible.
Another Reddit user went into more detail about the headache surrounding the construction on the homes.
“1. As mentioned, nobody wants to list their house—they just want a free renovation and to be on TV. However… 2. …the show only pays for 50% of the work they do on your house, and the producers do what they want for TV and don’t really respect the homeowners’ wishes. 3. They shoot a bunch of episodes in one market at a time, so they use one set of contractors for all of the homes. If they get behind on the work on a given home, they pretend that the work is done so they can wrap on the episode, then they take the crew with them to the next house. You then have to live in an unfinished renovation until the whole set of episodes is finished and the crew can get back to you. This can be months or not at all.”
These disappointments have landed the hit HGTV show in more hot water. According to Country Living, a couple from an April 2015 episode filed a lawsuit against the show, citing “shoddy work and unfair trade practices.”
But not all participants on the show had negative experiences. Julia Sweeten, a real estate blogger, featured a couple whose time on the show was positive.
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According to Sweeten, the remodel on Marci and Matt’s home took about seven weeks, and they only peeked in on the home twice during the renovations. The families have to move out while construction is going on.
“Meeting David and Hilary was a thrill and they have every bit of that back and forth repartee as you would expect having watched the show,” Marci told Sweeten. “They were both truly quite fun to work with.”
She said their reactions to the final look of their home were genuine. The couple ultimately decided to sell the home, but that wasn’t until the episode aired.
(H/T: Country Living)
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