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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16 First Time Flipper Mistakes to Avoid 16 Photos

Congratulations on deciding to flip a house, intrepid investor! Now double down on your bright idea by avoiding these rookie blunders.

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Flipping a house is an emotional roller coaster. If you’re thinking about following the lead of DIY’s First Time Flippers, here’s what you can expect to experience, from first purchase to final sale.

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.

Monday
Feb 29
11pm | 10c
Season 2, Episode 4

Roto'til Death Do Us Part

Anna and Jake are a young couple attempting to flip their first house in a wealthy area of Pennsylvania. Anna wants this house to be as upscale as the neighborhood, but Jake is worried that his wife's grand ideas will push them so far over budget that they will end up losing money on the house.

Friday
Jun 10
4pm | 3c
Season 2, Episode 5

DIY or DIE

Megan and Sarah run a DIY blog and workshop, but they've decided to take their projects to the next level: flipping a house! These girls may have an eye for design, but they have a lot to learn about construction. With the occasional injury and lack of focus, the girls struggle to complete their renovations on time and anywhere near budget.

Sunday
Jul 10
2am | 1c
Season 1, Episode 10

Double Trouble

Will and Mike Homere are close cousins and are teaming up to flip a two-unit house as a new business venture. The two men are excited for the flip, but an unexpected event leaves one cousin shorthanded with a whole lot more work than he bargained for.

Saturday
Jul 30
11:30pm | 10:30c
Season 2, Episode 11

Flip School

After meeting in real estate school, Elsie, Derek and Serge decide that they should band together and flip their first house as a team. While they have taken on a huge project, there may be too many cooks in the kitchen with this flip. With conflicting ideas and things like an animal infestation plaguing the renovations, this group is finding that there might not be strength in numbers. All three of these flippers have a stake in this flip and need to learn to work together if they want to make a profit.

Saturday
Aug 13
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 3, Episode 12

No Use Crying Over Spilt Paint

Marissa and Johan, an Orlando-based husband and wife duo, have decided to flip their first house. But the deeper they get into their renovations, the more they realize they might not be able to pull off this flip. Johan claims to have extensive home renovation experience, but Marissa soon realizes that he isn't as skilled as he says and it is up to her to figure out a way to control a flip that has spiraled out of control.

Sunday
Dec 11
3am | 2c
Season 3, Episode 13

Shiplap and Mishaps

Husband-and-wife flipping team Robert and Tobi have decided to renovate a historic home in New Jersey. After Tobi becomes fixated on salvaging and saving anything she can from the old home, Robert has to find a way to appease his wife while still updating the house for a modern buyer.

Sunday
Jan 15
1:30am | 12:30c
Season 3, Episode 3

The House of Broken Beams

Young architects Michele and her boyfriend Kris have decided to start their own construction and design business by flipping houses in upstate New York. While this couple may have the construction knowledge to rebuild this house right, the stress of the flip puts a strain on the couple's relationship. Tensions run high when Michele and Kris don't see eye to eye on the importance of certain design elements of the house.

Wednesday
Jan 25
12pm | 11c
Season 4, Episode 13

It's Raining Cabinets

Justin enlists his wife, Gulay, to help with the renovations on his first house flip. But when the flippers run into multiple delays and make mistakes on simple projects, Gulay starts to doubt their ability to successfully finish the flip.

Sunday
Feb 19
2am | 1c
Season 5, Episode 12

Father's First Flip

Courtney has enlisted her father, Dennis, to help her flip her first house at the lake. The father-daughter team hopes their flip will bring up property values at their family's beloved vacation retreat, but doing all the renovations themselves proves more challenging than they expected.

Saturday
May 27
9pm | 8c
Season 5, Episode 7

Dubious Flip in DuBois

Brooke and her boyfriend Shawn update an enormous historic home in DuBois, PA. However, Brooke's construction inexperience slows down the progress and the young couple clashes when Shawn keeps reassigning projects to himself to save time.

Thursday
Sep 14
4pm | 3c
Season 1, Episode 8

Bayou Buyin'

For their first flip, Maria Plaisance and her boyfriend Randy are turning a run-down, two-family home into one 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.

Friday
Oct 6
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 5, Episode 10

The Not-So-Handyman

Real estate agent Tabitha enlists her husband, Quincy, to flip a house with her in a quiet suburb outside Atlanta. A self-proclaimed handyman, Quincy is determined to save money by doing all the work himself. But as the flip goes on, Tabitha realizes that Quincy is not as handy as he claims to be, and the quality of the flip starts to suffer from his lack of experience.

Tuesday
Oct 17
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 3, Episode 14

Danger and Demolition

Young real estate agent Arielle dreams of starting her own house flipping business in Philadelphia and has enlisted her happy-go-lucky boyfriend Ryan as free labor to help her do it. With constant injuries and a never-ending cycle of construction issues, Arielle and Ryan start to question whether they are cut out to be house flippers.

Saturday
Oct 21
7pm | 6c
Season 3, Episode 13

Shiplap and Mishaps

Husband-and-wife flipping team Robert and Tobi have decided to renovate a historic home in New Jersey. After Tobi becomes fixated on salvaging and saving anything she can from the old home, Robert has to find a way to appease his wife while still updating the house for a modern buyer.

Saturday
Oct 21
7:30pm | 6:30c
Season 6, Episode 8

Tropic Blunder

A mother-daughter team flips their first house on the beautiful island of Kauai, HI. While the flipping newbies have real estate experience, a surprise visit from a building inspector quickly gets them off track. The ladies soon finds themselves in high water as the renovation proves to be far more difficult than expected.

Saturday
Oct 21
8pm | 7c
Season 6, Episode 14

A Day Late and a Nickel Short

Josh and Jayme are a young married couple who have decided to flip a house in Oklahoma City. When they encounter an unexpected and costly delay, Jayme grows concerned about the cost of extending their renovation but Josh's inner perfectionist refuses to sacrifice quality. Will they finish the house on time or will the devil in the details break the bank?

Saturday
Oct 21
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 6, Episode 13

Columns, Counters and Cousins

Corey decides to flip a house in 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.

Saturday
Oct 21
9pm | 8c
Season 6, Episode 2

Flue Season

A husband-wife duo flip an oddly shaped lake house in Leitchfield, Kentucky, with a unique history. She has a vision for the house while he has the construction knowledge, but things start to go awry when he gets involved with the design elements.

Saturday
Oct 21
9:30pm | 8:30c
Season 6, Episode 13

Columns, Counters and Cousins

Corey decides to flip a house in 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 6, Episode 2

Flue Season

A husband-wife duo flip an oddly shaped lake house in Leitchfield, Kentucky, with a unique history. She has a vision for the house while he has the construction knowledge, but things start to go awry when he gets involved with the design elements.

Sunday
Oct 22
12:30am | 11:30c
Season 6, Episode 8

Tropic Blunder

A mother-daughter team flips their first house on the beautiful island of Kauai, HI. While the flipping newbies have real estate experience, a surprise visit from a building inspector quickly gets them off track. The ladies soon finds themselves in high water as the renovation proves to be far more difficult than expected.

Sunday
Oct 22
3am | 2c
Season 6, Episode 14

A Day Late and a Nickel Short

Josh and Jayme are a young married couple who have decided to flip a house in Oklahoma City. When they encounter an unexpected and costly delay, Jayme grows concerned about the cost of extending their renovation but Josh's inner perfectionist refuses to sacrifice quality. Will they finish the house on time or will the devil in the details break the bank?

Sunday
Oct 22
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 3, Episode 9

Sweat Equity

First-time flipper Jeneane decides to partner with her seemingly experienced boyfriend, Eric. As the flip progresses, Jeneane realizes that Eric may not have as much construction experience as she thought. She'll have to take charge if they're ever going to finish this flip.

Saturday
Oct 28
6pm | 5c
Season 3, Episode 10

Never Flip With Family

Aspiring professional house flipper Kay convinces her younger cousin Arniece to help her flip a three-story townhouse in Philadelphia. Arniece reluctantly agrees to partner with her enthusiastic cousin and soon finds she has to take charge of this flip after Kay makes it clear she has no idea how to renovate a house.

Saturday
Oct 28
6:30pm | 5:30c
Season 3, Episode 11

Drowning in Design

Interior designer Denise has decided to take on her most ambitious project yet: flipping a three-story home in Philadelphia. She has partnered with her financially-savvy boyfriend, Tom, and has some grand ideas for the enormous home. Tom soon realizes, however, that Denise has become distracted by the smaller design elements of the house and he will have to take on the majority of the renovations to pull off this flip.

Saturday
Oct 28
7pm | 6c

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