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‘Love It or List It’ Homeowners Sue Show Over Terrible Renovations

More like hate it! A North Carolina couple is suing the producer of the HGTV series Love It or List It over their home renovation, the Associated Press reports.

Deena Murphy and Timothy Sullivan were selected to be featured on the show in April 2015, but they claim that their rental property was far from perfect when cohosts Hilary Farr and David Visentin filmed the final reveal.

Hilary Farrone and David Visentin
Farrone and Visentin

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Farr and Visentin have starred in the popular series since 2008. The show focuses on homeowners who aren’t satisfied with their current living situation. While Farr stays behind and tries to renovate the existing home, Visentin takes the couple to look at other nearby homes that are on the market. Ultimately, the couple decide whether they want to “love it” and stay at their current residence or “list it” and move to another property.

Murphy and Sullivan, for their part, decided to stay put — but they weren’t happy. According to the Charlotte Observer, the pair are suing the production company Big Coat TV and Aaron Fitz Construction, which the show hired to fix up the couple’s house. The couple claim that the finished product wasn’t what the original plan was, windows were painted shut, they didn’t like the “low-grad industrial carpeting” and Fitz left holes in the floor “through which vermin could enter the house.”

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Murphy and Sullivan also allege that they never were shown other homes by a licensed real estate agent and that Fitz was not their first choice to renovate their home. The two reportedly searched the contractor’s website and weren’t pleased with his low ratings. Additionally, Murphy and Sullivan claim that they handed over $140,000 for the project, but Big Coat only gave Fitz $85,786.50 to work with.

“These characters [Farr and Visentin] are actors or television personalities playing a role for the camera and in this case none of them played more than a casual role in the actual renovation process,” the lawsuit reads.

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Big Coat Productions is well aware of the claims. “Because this matter involves ongoing litigation, our attorneys have advised us and we feel that making a comment would be inappropriate at this time,” Big Coat Productions CEO, Maria Armstrong, said in a statement, via the Charlotte Observer. “However, we do intend to vigorously defend what we consider to be false allegations.”

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