When a house no longer feels like home, homeowners are left with a big financial and emotional question: renovate or sell it? Love It or List It helps fed-up homeowners decide. In each hour-long episode Realtor David Visentin and designer Hilary Farr compete for the homeowners' final decision to stay or go.
Mason and Shannon moved into their 2,000 square foot home in a neighborhood perfect to raise their young son, Luke. After adopting their teenage daughter, Carmen, they felt as though their house may be a little too small for a family of four. Mason wants to find a larger home with enough space, privacy and function for all family members but Shannon wants Carmen to have stability. Will realtor David find them a family ready home? Or will designer Hilary make daily life immeasurably easier by reinventing many of the home's hotly debated spaces?
Busy professionals, Anne and Nathan traded in their high-end condominium for an open living mid century house. While Nathan loves the form and historic quality of the home, Anne only sees the many problems with its function. Now that they are expecting their first child, Anne is ready to move to a new house, or back to a condo that does not have a long to do list. Will realtor David find them a family ready home? Or will designer Hilary make daily life immeasurably easier by reinventing many of the home's hotly debated spaces?
Emilee and Jody bought their charming 1,626 sq ft home with the intention of using Jody's handy skills as a contractor to fix it up. But after living in constant construction for several years, Emilee is ready to move. They want to start a family and while Jody strongly feels they can fix up their home to make it ready for kids, Emilee does not. Not only is Emilee is tired of living in a construction site; she does not think there is enough space to accommodate for a growing family. Will David find them a move in ready home with enough space or will designer Hilary show them that their house is ready for their family filled future by reinventing many of its highly debated spaces?
Eight years ago, Tyler and Kim settled into an older, charming, little house in the heart of the city with their newborn daughter. Over a short period of time they discovered that owning an older home would mean battling with flooded basements, leaky roofs and a whole host of other deficiencies. Though the problems have been dealt with, Kim still fears that they could come back. Tired of the limited space and sharing her bedroom and bathroom with the kids, Kim is ready to go, but Tyler wants to stay. Will designer Hilary transform this home to create all the family function Tyler believes it can have, or will realtor David find them the move in space Kim knows this family needs?
Young couple, Ryan and Sarah purchased their first home that had recently been flipped in an up and coming neighborhood. Ryan saw this downtown house as first step on the property ladder: Sarah however has settled in for the long haul. Realizing that the house has some major flaws, Ryan wants to pack up and find a place that is perfect, but Sarah has become attached to this house and has no intention of moving. Will David find them a home that will function forever or will Hilary make them fall in love by reinventing many of the home's functionally flawed spaces?
LaShawn is a single mother raising two children while working as an associate professor and taking classes at a nearby university. Her mother Lola, a retiree, has recently moved in to their already crowded home. The kitchen is cramped and dated, there is no private space for Lola or the kids to relax or for LaShawn to work from home, and LaShawn shares the master suite with her mother. LaShawn is desperate for a home with more space and better function for her family; Lola, however, has no plans of uprooting again, after having just moved in. Will David find them a home with enough room or will Hilary make them fall in love by reinventing the home's functionally flawed spaces?
After repeatedly being outbid in the real-estate market, Cole and Ashley took an aggressive gamble and purchased their first home sight unseen in an up and coming neighborhood. However the house was a disaster, and upon entering Cole immediately hated the choppy layout of the space. Cole thinks it will never be able to function for large groups or a future family, whereas Ashley is relieved to finally have a home and is certain that with a few renovations the house can be perfect. Will designer Hilary transform this house and create all the function Ashley believes it can have, or will realtor David find them the ideal move-in ready home in a desirable neighborhood?
Needing an immediate place to live, pharmacist Sam and lawyer Valerie purchased their mid-century modern home under pressure. While Valerie loved the unique style, Sam has regretted this decision from the minute they moved in. He dislikes the small, dated bathrooms, the cramped kitchen and the lack of closet space - but he hates the idea of renovations even more. Valerie wants Sam to keep an open mind and is certain that a few changes will have a large impact on their home and daily life. Will David find them a great move-in ready home or will Hilary make them fall in love by reinventing many of the home's hotly debated spaces?
Deena and Sully purchased their 2,400 sq ft home with the intention of renovating it for a future family. These work from home professionals married later in life and want to foster children; but Sully does not think their current home will have enough space to function for their future plans. Deena however loves their location and strongly feels that there is plenty of potential in their home to create more space. Will realtor David find them a family ready home? Or will designer Hilary make daily life immeasurably easier by reinventing many of the home's hotly debated spaces?
Amanda and Grif purchased their home before starting their family. At the time the house felt massive - but now that their daughters are teenagers and Amanda's career has taken off, the house no longer works. Amanda is ready to go; there are not enough closets and bathrooms, and there is no privacy to work, as her office is currently in the living room and everyone uses her desk. Grif loves his large, private backyard and is certain that a little makeover can make the house function again. Will David find them a home that will work forever or will Hilary make them fall back in love with their house by reinventing many of it's functionally flawed spaces?
Kathy and John fell in love with their large, private yard when they purchased their house almost three decades ago. Now that their kids have left the nest, and they both took early retirement, Kathy and John are spending more and more time together in their home. Kathy struggles with the functional issues in the kitchen, living room and master bathroom, but John is certain there are solutions to her problems. He has gone so far as to demo the bathroom to make her happy, but they haven't been able to agree on a new floor plan. Will realtor David find them the perfect house fit for their retirement, or will designer Hilary make daily life immeasurably more comfortable by reinventing many of the home's hotly debated spaces?
Anna Wade and Andrew moved their young family just a few houses down from Andrew's best friend in an ideal neighborhood. Now that their kids are becoming teens, Anna Wade and Andrew realize that their house is just too small. Andrew is certain that the unfinished space in the basement can be transformed, while Anna Wade sees far too many functional issues on the main levels. Will realtor David find them a family ready home with space for their teens, or will designer Hilary make daily life immeasurably more comfortable by reinventing many of the home's hotly debated spaces?
Ryan and Ashley purchased their home when Ashley was a few months pregnant. Though it was in a desirable neighborhood, it was the worst house on the block and they were able to get it for a great price. The house, of course, needed a ton of renovations, which they were unable to complete by the due date. Ryan is feeling overwhelmed by the amount of work and thinks it is just time to go, however Ashley feels strongly that with a little more work this can be their forever home. Will David find them a family ready home that will allow these new parents to enjoy time with their son, or will Hilary expand their outlook by reinventing many of the home's unrenovated spaces?