Apparently, Not Everything You See on 'Love It or List It' Is What It Appears to Be

Do they keep the furniture on 'Love It Or List It'? The popular HGTV show has a few behind-the-scenes secrets you probably didn't recognize.

Lizzy Rosenberg - Author

Feb. 10 2021, Updated 10:11 a.m. ET

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Anyone who regularly tunes into HGTV is familiar with the widely beloved series Love It Or List It. The reality show, hosted by Hilary Farr and David Visentin, focuses on a homeowner who is tired of their current situation. Hilary, a home designer, works to renovate the house, while David, a real estate agent, works to find them a new house. Then, in the end, the homeowner will either stay with their newly renovated home, or they'll list it, and move.

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After renovating the client's house, Hilary completely decks it out in new furniture, and many have wondered if the clients get to keep any of it after filming wraps. After conducting a little research, we have some behind-the-scenes knowledge of the popular reality series. Get ready, though, because the tea is piping hot.

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What you see on 'Love It Or List It' isn't necessarily what the client gets.

While the results on Love It Or List It are generally quite fabulous, as Hilary and David are incredibly talented, their deliverables are apparently a bit different from what the clients actually receive in real life. According to Screen Rant, a number of clients from the series have come out and said that Hilary's team often leaves many jobs unfinished, despite the fact they look completely done to seem presentable for the cameras.

Apparently, not all of the houses David shows are for sale, either. So after the show is done filming, additional unfinished renovation designs, as well as the furniture, are both apparently completely removed from the home, and the client is generally left to stay with their original option. With that in mind, we can't help but wonder what actually happens to the furniture, but there are a few theories.

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So, what happens to the furniture from 'Love It or List It'? There are a few theories.

There are a few theories behind what happens to the furniture from the finished product on Love It Or List It. On an /hgtv Reddit thread, user RickWest495 claimed that all of the furniture is purely used for staging, and although some of it may actually belong to the client (if Hilary likes it, of course), a large portion of it is solely for show, and after filming, it's most likely returned, or used for the set of another episode.

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User Pepsidudemike also noted that a large portion of the furniture comes from the online furniture brand, Wayfair, and that the show has a partnership with them. 

Whether Wayfair takes back the furniture after filming wraps — or if they let the client keep it — is a total mystery, however, it sounds like the client really doesn't get to keep anything, meaning it's likely returned to the online manufacturer. This is unconfirmed, but it definitely deters us from applying to be featured on the show anytime soon.

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While being on Love It Or List It seems fun in theory, it doesn't exactly sound like a 'what you see is what you get' situation. Therefore, the results may be a little more disappointing than we previously thought.

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