Love It or List It

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Mild real-estate series likely won't interest kids.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series highlights the emotional and financial challenges that come with making home renovation and purchasing decisions.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Middle- to upper-middle-class homeowners -- almost always couples, of various family types (blended families, same-sex couples, retired folks, etc.) -- are the focus of the show. Some folks are easier to work with than others.


Mild arguments often break out between homeowners and the hosts. Occasionally Hilary gets into heated arguments with her team.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References are made to having bars in a home and drinking alcohol.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Love It or List It is a real estate show designed for adults, but with almost no issues of concern for kids. There are some occasional arguments and references to drinking, but it's pretty mild overall. This being said kids probably won't be clamoring to see it.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRecessGymClass2 November 25, 2016

I'm sorry, I just REALLY don't like this show.

This is boring. I'm a big fan of housing shows, I watch HGTV and DIY Network a lot. I'm a big fan of House Hunters. This show is just boring though.... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old April 3, 2021

Pretty good!

I think love it or list it is a great show! I have it 12 up because it might be kinda boring for younger kids. My only complaint is that the contestants are a b... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byKKHOlove February 19, 2021

I heart HGTV

AMAZING! I love Hilary's designs, and I love the brother/sister type arguing they have!!!!

What's the story?

LOVE IT OR LIST IT is a Canadian real estate reality show that helps homeowners decide whether they will renovate their home or move to one that better suits their needs. Each episode features homeowners who have outgrown their home thanks to having children, owning too much stuff, or being overwhelmed with repairs. After reviewing their budget, designer Hilary Farr tries to renovate the home in order to convince them to stay. Meanwhile, real estate agent David Visentin searches for a house that they can purchase and move in to if they sell their current home. Satisfying the homeowners' specific needs and tastes is never easy, especially when they far exceed the budget they have to spend, or when renovations uncover expected problems. But Hilary and David do their best, and in the end, homeowners have to decide whether they are going to stay and enjoy their newly renovated home, or put it on the market.

Is it any good?

The fun series addresses some of the emotional and financial challenges homeowners face when making renovation and home-buying decisions. Love It or List It also highlights the kinds of things that people must factor in when upgrading a home, and offers some perspective on how these renovations can factor into purchasing a more desirable one later.

Some of the interactions between the hosts and the homeowners seem rehearsed, especially when they are touring differing homes. Furthermore, some of the homeowners' expectations seem a little irrational to be real. Folks interested in real estate and renovation may find it interesting, but kids won't find much here.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about real estate shows. What makes them so popular? Do you think the problems people face and decisions that they make on these reality shows are real? Or are they being created or exaggerated for entertainment purposes?

  • What do you think goes on behind the scenes in shows like this? What are you not seeing?

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