Deena Murphy and Timothy Sullivan (the ones on the right who are dressed like Mary Kay regional managers) have thrown a lawsuit at the production company behind HGTV’s Love It Or List It for doing a renovation that was as bad as the acting skills on that show. Deena and Timothy claim that the show, brace yourself, is fake and it’s so fake that the load bearing beam that was installed in their house was actually just a long cardboard box that was filled with rocks and covered in faux wood grain paint. No, but they did say in so many words that a 4-year-old with a Playskool toolbox could’ve done a better job with the renovations.
The Raleigh News & Observer says that Deena and Timothy applied for Love It Or List It after deciding that they wanted to renovate a rental house they own in Raleigh, NC. They were thinking of moving into the place with their family. But instead of getting a properly renovated house, they allegedly got a piece of shit. Their episode aired last year.
Deena and Timothy filed a lawsuit in Durham County Superior Court against Canadian-based production company Big Coat TV and Aaron Fitz Construction, the North Carolina-based company that was hired to do the renovations. In the lawsuit, Deena and Timothy claim that they gave the production company $140,000 and were told that the money was only going to be used on renovations. They were under the impression that Big Coat would pay Aaron Fitz and other subcontractors as jobs were completed. Aaron Fitz received only $85,786.50 of the $140,000, so Deena and Timothy believe that Big Coat put the rest of the money into their big pockets.
Deena and Timothy also threw a “bitch, really?” look at other things the show allegedly did. They claim that the show did not use a licensed architect to make the renovation plans and when they discovered that Aaron Fitz’s reviews on Angie’s List were shitty, they brought it up to production who ignored them. Deena and Timothy also wonder why Big Coat acted as a general contractor when they’re not licensed in the state to do so.
If you’ve never seen this mess of a show, the homeowners have to choose between buying one of the new houses that were shown to them by real estate expert David Visentin or stay in their newly renovated current home. The renovations are supposedly led by designer Hilary Farr. Deena and Timothy say that the houses that David showed them weren’t even for sale. They also called David and Hilary “actors who are hired to play a role” and said that the two had a “casual role” in the process. The finished product looked good on camera, but the actual work that was done was trash:
The floor in the home was “irreparably damaged,” they contend, and duct work left holes in the floor “through which vermin could enter the house.” They complain of low-grade industrial carpeting, unpainted surfaces and windows painted shut.