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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The 10 Stages of Flipping a House 10 Photos

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.

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.

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.

Monday
Aug 17
6:30pm | 5:30c
Season 1, Episode 12

Flipping and Falling

Ben and his boyfriend Will are a little over their heads as they try to flip a house to make quick cash. Their hope is to come up with enough funding for a new business, a bakery of their own. If they can create a dream home for someone else, they may be able to kick start their own dreams.

Monday
Aug 17
7:30pm | 6:30c
Season 2, Episode 7

Hit The Brakes

Ernie and Megan are school teachers who have decided to flip a house during their summer vacation. While Megan wants to make this house the best it can possibly be, Ernie just wants to finish the flip and hopefully put some money in their pockets. With time and money running out, Ernie becomes increasingly frustrated with his wife's elaborate renovation plans and the fact that he has to do all the work.

Saturday
Mar 19
10:30pm | 9:30c
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.

Saturday
Apr 9
8:30pm | 7:30c
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.

Sunday
Apr 10
1am | 12c
Season 2, Episode 2

A Family that Flips Together

When Brandon found out that his mother and stepfather were going to flip a house, he decided to go to real estate school and invest in their flip. Brandon may be the baby of the family, but he knows a lot more about what sells houses than Elsie and William. He struggles to get his parents to listen to him, which begs the question, will they be one big happy family, or will this flip be one big mess?

Saturday
Jun 11
7:30pm | 6:30c
Season 2, Episode 10

Underprepared And Overwhelmed

Metahan and Annabelle have decided to flip a house in order to earn some extra money while Annabelle is on maternity leave. Metahan has worked in construction, but most of his work was managerial and took place safely in an office. Annabelle may have over estimated his experience, and the two of them find themselves in potentially dangerous situations throughout their flip. With their lack of experience and two youngsters to take care of, saying these two are overwhelmed is an understatement!

Saturday
Jun 25
6pm | 5c
Season 1, Episode 11

Window Pain

Chris Dipreta and Brian Defosses are business partners looking to make some quick cash on a house flip. The house they purchased needs a lot of work, but this could lead to a new arm to their business endeavors.

Wednesday
Jul 6
4:30pm | 3:30c
Season 2, Episode 13

Reckless Renovations

Tom and Mike are long time friends who have decided to flip a two family home together. Mike is an experienced builder and Tom is a real estate, which seems like the perfect flipping team, but Tom's recklessness on a construction site might be the thing that sabotages this flip. These partners are about to have a flipping hard time.

Sunday
Sep 18
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 2, Episode 12

Late Again

Paul and Chris are friends who have known each other for years and recently decided to start a house flipping business together. Paul has experience as a builder, but mostly from the comfort of an office overseeing the business side. Chris is a little more laid back than Paul, but that could come back to haunt their house. Paul wants to get this renovation completed as soon as possible, but that means zeroing in on each task while Chris moves from one project to the next.

Sunday
Oct 2
2am | 1c
Season 3, Episode 5

High Heels and High Budget

Susan and Rolf are a husband-and-wife flipping team that have found the bargain of a lifetime in one of the country's most expensive zip codes: the Hamptons. The flippers soon find that the amazing location may not be worth all the issues they discover in this rundown home. With problems around every corner and a dwindling budget, Susan and Rolf must rush to finish the house before they completely run out of money.

Saturday
Dec 10
10pm | 9c
Season 4, Episode 1

Details and Demo

Sheen and his wife, Laurie, are flipping their first home in sunny Florida but, when the flip becomes significantly delayed, Sheen's meticulous methods annoy Laurie as she rushes to finish the flip in time for the open house.

Sunday
Feb 26
12am | 11c
Season 3, Episode 7

Texas Two Flip

High school sweethearts Samantha and Phil have decided to flip their first house, and in order to save money, they are going to live in the house as they renovate it. Samantha soon realizes that living in an active construction site may not be as easy as it seems, and the longer the flip goes on, the more Samantha wants the flip to end so she can escape the amenity-free living situation.

Saturday
Apr 1
8:30pm | 7:30c
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.

Saturday
May 27
8:30pm | 7:30c
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 4, Episode 9

Dangerous DIY

Kyara and Khalil take on a dilapidated Baltimore townhouse for their first flip. Kyara becomes concerned that, between Khalil's dangerous renovation methods and their overall lack of experience, they might get hurt before this flip gets finished.

Saturday
May 27
9:30pm | 8:30c
Season 3, Episode 2

Father Flips Best

A young, aspiring house flipper, Becky, partners up with her father to flip a house in Dundalk, Maryland. Perry wants to teach Becky all the ins and outs of home renovation, while Becky, on the other hand, wants to finish this flip as soon as possible. While the flip starts off smoothly, Becky soon realizes that she may be in for way more father-daughter bonding time than she can handle.

Saturday
May 27
10pm | 9c
Season 5, Episode 3

Stressful St. Paul Flip

A husband and wife buy their neighbor's house to beautify their neighborhood and venture into flipping while staying close to home. But while the flip's location is convenient for the duo, differing work methods leads to stress that threatens to get the best of these flippers.

Saturday
May 27
10:30pm | 9:30c
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.

Saturday
May 27
11pm | 10c
Season 4, Episode 11

Fluff and Buff

Longtime friends flip their first house in St. Paul, Minnesota. But when they discover a substantial mold infestation, the flip becomes delayed and the two friends clash over the budget and work load.

Saturday
May 27
11:30pm | 10:30c
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.

Sunday
May 28
12am | 11c
Season 4, Episode 9

Dangerous DIY

Kyara and Khalil take on a dilapidated Baltimore townhouse for their first flip. Kyara becomes concerned that, between Khalil's dangerous renovation methods and their overall lack of experience, they might get hurt before this flip gets finished.

Sunday
May 28
12:30am | 11:30c
Season 3, Episode 2

Father Flips Best

A young, aspiring house flipper, Becky, partners up with her father to flip a house in Dundalk, Maryland. Perry wants to teach Becky all the ins and outs of home renovation, while Becky, on the other hand, wants to finish this flip as soon as possible. While the flip starts off smoothly, Becky soon realizes that she may be in for way more father-daughter bonding time than she can handle.

Sunday
May 28
1am | 12c
Season 5, Episode 3

Stressful St. Paul Flip

A husband and wife buy their neighbor's house to beautify their neighborhood and venture into flipping while staying close to home. But while the flip's location is convenient for the duo, differing work methods leads to stress that threatens to get the best of these flippers.

Sunday
May 28
1:30am | 12:30c
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 28
2am | 1c
Season 4, Episode 11

Fluff and Buff

Longtime friends flip their first house in St. Paul, Minnesota. But when they discover a substantial mold infestation, the flip becomes delayed and the two friends clash over the budget and work load.

Sunday
May 28
2:30am | 1:30c

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