Program looking to give Canberra couples a dose of reality

Michael Weaver 22 November 2019 93

Love It or List It hosts interior designer Neale Whitaker and real estate agent Andrew Winter. Photos: Supplied.

A reality television program is on the hunt for Canberra couples to be cast in a show that asks a question many homeowners face – should you renovate or just vacate?

Called Love It or List It, the program follows homeowners across the country who are struggling whether to renovate and love the home they are in, or sell up and find a new dream home somewhere else.

Currently screening its third season on Foxtel, Love It or List It is hosted by real estate agent Andrew Winter and interior designer Neale Whitaker.

They reckon Canberra could be home to next season’s reality TV couple for season four.

Casting producer Hannah Buck from Beyond International said they are looking for couples with personality, but who also have a problem area in their home.

If the work is to be done inside the home within the existing space and you would like to submit an application, we would love to hear from you,” Ms Buck said.

“The casting process is a lengthy one, but it all starts here.

We are looking for personality, a problem area within your home and a passion for your side, whether you’re team Love It or team List It.”

The show consists of Andrew finding mostly negative things to say about the residence, while Neale is convinced that he can work magic with whatever plans he is given.

Couples must choose to either Love It, meaning that they will continue to live in their current home with the renovations, or to List It, meaning that they will buy one of the homes Andrew showed them and sell their current home. After they reveal their decision, the homeowners explain their reasoning.

When applying, couples must also bear in mind that the producers steer clear of properties that require a development application for building works, unless one is already in place.

The renovations are financed by the couples themselves and in turn, they’ll be project managed by our quality build and design team and have their renovation completed in record time,” Ms Buck said.

The shooting schedule in which the renovations are completed is usually six to nine weeks.

“We also do not complete major works, additional stories to a property, nor do we complete works outside the home.”

The program follows homeowners struggling whether to renovate, or sell up and find a new dream home somewhere else.

Team Love It mentor Neale Whitaker is a former editor in chief at Belle and Vogue Living magazines.

He said his ulterior motive to interior design is about improving people’s lives.

“What I love about this show (other than the opportunity to work alongside the award-winning Andrew Winter), is helping solve the homeowners’ problems and get to have some fun along the way,” Mr Whitaker said.

“From team Love It’s perspective, the perfect couple includes someone who’s determined to stay and someone who can be persuaded!

“Andrew has a lot of cunning tricks up his sleeve including the most powerful of all – money – so it’s up to me to find strong emotional reasons to rekindle the love.”

So if you’re in a genuine pickle about renovating or selling up, apply by emailing They will send you an application form. The couple will also need to upload a 60-90 second explaining why one wants to stay and one wants to go. How is it affecting your relationship? How do you think the show can fix your problems? Why would you like to be on the show?

“The homeowners need open minds, trust in the process, a dash of vision, a sense of humour and the ability to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Mr Whitaker.

“At the end of the day, they’re going to have a beautiful new home, regardless of whether they stay or go, so what’s not to enjoy?”

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93 Responses to Program looking to give Canberra couples a dose of reality
Vera Galke Vera Galke 12:36 pm 23 Nov 19

Best idea ever 🏡🤩

Timothy Dickson Timothy Dickson 12:19 pm 23 Nov 19

Tracey Barrett it's time 😂

Kellie Peacock Kellie Peacock 11:14 am 23 Nov 19

Azure Hermes look here!

Zac Hain Zac Hain 10:54 am 23 Nov 19

Piper Quick a year too late

Chris Gribs Chris Gribs 9:54 am 23 Nov 19

Rowena love or leave?

Holly Lawler Holly Lawler 9:41 am 23 Nov 19

Tim Risky Lawler if only we had the budget

Aaron Isfahani Aaron Isfahani 9:18 am 23 Nov 19

Samantha Isfahani!!!!!!! It’s time!! Haha

Elle Anton Elle Anton 9:09 am 23 Nov 19

John Holloway let's apply!

Charlotte McMichael Charlotte McMichael 8:46 am 23 Nov 19

Wendy Small can dan and I apply please and use your house as our house?

M'shell Galke M'shell Galke 8:40 am 23 Nov 19

Alex Kreet can we kick out the renter's and move back in just to do this 😂😂

Gillian Jordan Gillian Jordan 8:17 am 23 Nov 19

Sure! where do We sign!

Jess Styles Jess Styles 8:15 am 23 Nov 19

Matthew Styles in Canberra

    Tarryn Fowler Tarryn Fowler 2:09 pm 23 Nov 19

    Jess Styles Andrew and I considered applying for last season ... but Andrew doesn’t want to be on tv 😞 Matthew Styles want to be my fake husband? 😂

    Matthew Styles Matthew Styles 2:44 pm 23 Nov 19

    Tarryn Fowler I would fight less with you i think. Love you Jess Styles

    Jess Styles Jess Styles 3:19 pm 23 Nov 19

    Tarryn Fowler yes please take him

Siang Jin Law Siang Jin Law 8:14 am 23 Nov 19

Kate Nupur your new tv show

Melissa RE Melissa RE 7:41 am 23 Nov 19

Jack Gumley we don’t technically have a house yet but could we love it or list it?

Michelle Parkes Michelle Parkes 7:35 am 23 Nov 19

Sonia Foster you should enter

Su Yin Branston Su Yin Branston 7:32 am 23 Nov 19

Shane this could help make our mind up!!

    Michelle Loggie Michelle Loggie 9:31 am 23 Nov 19

    Su Yin Branston do you watch this show? We love it and reckon you need to go on it!!!

Peta Lemmon Peta Lemmon 7:21 am 23 Nov 19

Mark Bowen here you go team #loveit

Kiaya Stakelum Kiaya Stakelum 6:43 am 23 Nov 19

Xavier Stakelum - Pity about the lack of budget lol

Michelle Skerry-Wallace Michelle Skerry-Wallace 5:13 am 23 Nov 19

Mc Jak this is for you!!

    Julianne McMaster Julianne McMaster 6:12 am 23 Nov 19

    Michelle Skerry-Wallace love this show and I flicked off an email yesterday 🙏

Amanda Prain Amanda Prain 2:43 am 23 Nov 19

Lol Meaghan u were just talking bout this!

    Meaghan Clack Meaghan Clack 9:46 am 23 Nov 19

    Amanda Prain right. Looks like we are doing some filming today!

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