Dos and Don'ts From Real-Life First-Time Flippers

Flipping a house can't be that difficult...right? Famous last words. See how these buyers dealt with unexpected problems and learn from their mistakes and triumphs.

Matt and Abby's First Flip

Check out Matt and Abby's story as they flip their first home.

About the show

Can two First Time Flippers turn a disaster house into a dream home? We chronicle the highs and lows of renovation as homeowners take on their very first flip. Will they make a profit? Or break the bank?

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Season 1, Episode 5

The Family That Flips Together

Jerry has wanted to try his luck at house flipping for years. With his brother in law as his financial backer and his wife and kids as the extra labor forces, he's finally got his chance. This flip is a family affair.

Sunday
Jul 12
3am | 2c
Season 1, Episode 3

Inspector Havoc

Phil and Sheri bring their energy and funny chemistry to this quaint renovation. Their unconventional methods of mule kicks, chainsaws and designer boots seem to get the job done until an unexpected visitor threatens to put an end to their beginner's luck. Will they finish their first flip or get stuck paying a mortgage they can't afford?

Saturday
Aug 29
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 1, Episode 5

The Family That Flips Together

Jerry has wanted to try his luck at house flipping for years. With his brother in law as his financial backer and his wife and kids as the extra labor forces, he's finally got his chance. This flip is a family affair.

Saturday
Oct 17
9pm | 8c
Season 1, Episode 1

Philadelphia Fixer

Newlyweds Matt and Abby Shepard decided it was time to stop paying rent and start flipping houses. They bought their first project in Manayunk, right outside of Philadelphia, and they plan to live in the home while renovating it. They will attack the kitchen, study, living room, and bathroom, not to mention the front of the house, in an effort to cosmetically address a number of issues and improve the home's curb appeal and overall value. If they can stay under budget, they can make a quick profit that will start their new life together out on the right foot.

Saturday
Dec 12
2pm | 1c
Season 1, Episode 10

Double Trouble

Cousins Will and Mike are teaming up to flip a two-unit house as a new business venture in Elizabeth, New Jersey. They're excited for the flip, but an unexpected event leaves one cousin shorthanded with a lot more work than he bargained for.

Monday
Feb 29
10pm | 9c
Season 1, Episode 11

Window Pain

Chris and Brian are business partners looking to make some quick cash on a house flip in Middletown, Connecticut. The house they purchased needs a lot of work, but they're hoping it leads to a new arm to their business endeavors.

Monday
Mar 7
10pm | 9c
Season 1, Episode 4

Take a Load Off

Chrissy and Eric have some big ideas for their first flip. Problem is, neither Chrissy nor Eric know for sure if these plans are even possible. They want an open concept first floor and they want to tear down an entire structure in the backyard. It's a wild ride, but they're in it for the big money.

Friday
May 13
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 3, Episode 1

Her Way or The Highway

Monica and Whit put their relationship to the test as they flip their first house. Monica has worked on her own home and believes that she knows everything about construction. Her partner Whit thinks she might be making things more difficult than they need to be, but what Monica wants, Monica gets.

Sunday
May 22
3am | 2c
Season 1, Episode 8

Bayou Buyin'

For their first flip, Maria and her boyfriend Randy are turning a rundown, two-family home in Gretna, Louisiana, into a large dream house in hopes of making a substantial profit. As if a first time flip isn't stressful enough, the tension increases when Maria calls in her ex-husband to help with the demolition, but these two need the help to get the job done.

Saturday
May 28
9:30pm | 8:30c
Season 1, Episode 3

Inspector Havoc

Phil and Sheri bring their energy and funny chemistry to this quaint renovation. Their unconventional methods of mule kicks, chainsaws and designer boots seem to get the job done until an unexpected visitor threatens to put an end to their beginner's luck. Will they finish their first flip or get stuck paying a mortgage they can't afford?

Friday
Jul 29
1pm | 12c
Season 1, Episode 6

Fighting Tooth and Nail Gun

For their first flip, Bryan and Kathy Froelich hope to make a profit large enough to get their home development company off the ground. They have a lot of hard work ahead of them, but with a little perseverance, their big dream may come true.

Sunday
Aug 14
1:30am | 12:30c
Season 2, Episode 8

Not So Silent Partner

Chad and April finally saved up enough money to quit their jobs and start flipping houses with the help of their silent partner, Michelle. But when Michelle shows up unannounced to throw in her two cents, April and Chad are the ones left speechless. The girls take the flip for a detour, and Chad is left wondering if he can handle all the work on his own without doing more damage to their budget, or himself.

Monday
Aug 7
12pm | 11c
Season 6, Episode 13

Columns, Counters and Cousins

Corey decides to flip a house in Knoxville, Tennessee, with his girlfriend Lauren and cousin Chris. While Corey has some construction knowledge, nothing can prepare the team for the amount of work in store for them. The more problems they run into, the more projects they try to do themselves to save money, but Lauren begins to worry that they are in over their heads and there are just some things they should leave to the professionals.

Sunday
Oct 22
12am | 11c
Season 7, Episode 9

On a Limb

A woman in Milford, CT, begins to worry when her husband's haphazard renovation methods take their flip off the rails. She's worried about the quality of the job and knows taking back control of the construction is the only way to carry them through.

Saturday
Feb 24
8pm | 7c
Season 7, Episode 1

Flipped Out Friends

Two real estate agent best friends flip their first home in Tacoma, WA, with hopes that their insider knowledge of what sells will pull them through. However, with no prior renovation experience, they put their friendship, flip and safety on the line.

Saturday
Feb 24
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 7, Episode 11

Rebuilder's Remorse

A husband recruits the help of his wife to flip their first home in Grand Forks, ND. She loves demo but things get tricky when it comes time for rebuild. He realizes he might not have the best partner to navigate the waters of the rebuild process as the North Dakota winter approaches.

Saturday
Feb 24
9pm | 8c
Season 7, Episode 6

When Duty Calls

Busy parents attempt their first flip in Kettering, OH, but things get hectic balancing life at home, their landscaping business and the flip's short schedule. When he's constantly pulled away with his day job, she grows concerned that they can't devote enough attention to finish the project on time.

Saturday
Feb 24
9:30pm | 8:30c
Season 7, Episode 11

Rebuilder's Remorse

A husband recruits the help of his wife to flip their first home in Grand Forks, ND. She loves demo but things get tricky when it comes time for rebuild. He realizes he might not have the best partner to navigate the waters of the rebuild process as the North Dakota winter approaches.

Sunday
Feb 25
12am | 11c
Season 7, Episode 6

When Duty Calls

Busy parents attempt their first flip in Kettering, OH, but things get hectic balancing life at home, their landscaping business and the flip's short schedule. When he's constantly pulled away with his day job, she grows concerned that they can't devote enough attention to finish the project on time.

Sunday
Feb 25
12:30am | 11:30c
Season 7, Episode 9

On a Limb

A woman in Milford, CT, begins to worry when her husband's haphazard renovation methods take their flip off the rails. She's worried about the quality of the job and knows taking back control of the construction is the only way to carry them through.

Sunday
Feb 25
3am | 2c
Season 7, Episode 1

Flipped Out Friends

Two real estate agent best friends flip their first home in Tacoma, WA, with hopes that their insider knowledge of what sells will pull them through. However, with no prior renovation experience, they put their friendship, flip and safety on the line.

Sunday
Feb 25
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 7, Episode 8

Quick Flip or Slow Drip?

A competitive couple attempts to power through their first flip in Holmes, PA. The project starts strong as the couple strives to do most of the work themselves and keep costs as low as possible. Unforeseen plumbing issues lead to a near flood in the basement, however, causing the panicked couple to question if they can pull through at all.

Saturday
Mar 3
7pm | 6c
Season 7, Episode 7

Momma Knows Best

A college student enlists the help of her mother while flipping a house in Connecticut for money to pay for her tuition. The duo feels optimistic after a strong start attempting most projects themselves to save money. The young student is a little less enthused by the job as their schedule presses on, however, leaving her hard-working mother worried her daughter's social life will distract her from pulling her weight in the project.

Saturday
Mar 3
7:30pm | 6:30c
Season 7, Episode 1

Flipped Out Friends

Two real estate agent best friends flip their first home in Tacoma, WA, with hopes that their insider knowledge of what sells will pull them through. However, with no prior renovation experience, they put their friendship, flip and safety on the line.

Saturday
Mar 3
8pm | 7c
Season 7, Episode 6

When Duty Calls

Busy parents attempt their first flip in Kettering, OH, but things get hectic balancing life at home, their landscaping business and the flip's short schedule. When he's constantly pulled away with his day job, she grows concerned that they can't devote enough attention to finish the project on time.

Saturday
Mar 3
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 7, Episode 2

Flipping in the Big Easy

Two friends and stay-at-home moms decide to flip their first house together in New Orleans, Louisiana, but their conflicting design styles and schedule test the limits of their friendship. In order to finish the flip on time and on budget, they'll have to find a way to compromise.

Saturday
Mar 3
9pm | 8c

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