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.

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
May 30
8:30pm | 7:30c
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
Jun 27
10:30pm | 9:30c
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 1, Episode 13

Elevate to Renovate

Best friends Cole Svenson and Tony Amato take on a hurricane damaged house as their first flip. They have to first raise the house an entire story before they can tackle the interior. The team has a lot of work ahead of them, but they hope to make this house better than ever and turn a profit.

Sunday
Aug 30
2:30am | 1:30c
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
Dec 12
6:30pm | 5:30c
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 1, Episode 2

Flippin' Termites

Tabatha and Scott are out to flip their first house, but their property has a pesky little problem that could turn into major money loss. They'll need to adjust their schedule and their plan of action to get this house in market ready condition. Will they come out with a profit?

Saturday
Mar 12
8pm | 7c
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!

Thursday
Mar 24
7:30pm | 6:30c
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.

Saturday
Oct 8
8pm | 7c
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.

Tuesday
Dec 6
5pm | 4c
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.

Sunday
Jan 15
2am | 1c
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
Mar 5
2:30am | 1:30c
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 15
3am | 2c
Season 5, Episode 2

Flipping Down the Aisle

Tom and his fiancee, Kerry, are planning their upcoming wedding while flipping their first house, and they may have bitten off more than they can chew. With the flip taking longer than expected and the wedding day quickly approaching, stress gets the best of these flippers when they realize that they're rapidly running out of time.

Tuesday
Oct 17
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 5, Episode 4

Cabinet Catastrophe

Newlyweds Tori and Lee decide to flip a huge house in Denver, but they quickly realize they're in over their heads as each project becomes more complicated than the last. With the budget snowballing out of control, these young flippers question whether they can finish the project at all.

Tuesday
Oct 17
9am | 8c
Season 5, Episode 6

Plagued by Permits

A husband and wife's Orange, California, ranch flip starts off strong, but they have serious permit delays that may force them to lower their asking price if they get denied by the city. With numerous delays and possible expansion limitations, they start to realize that their first flip may actually be their worst nightmare.

Tuesday
Oct 17
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 5, Episode 8

Don't Quit On A Sandpit

After quitting his job to focus all of his attention on his first flip, a man and his wife grow concerned about finishing the project on time. While he attempts to complete everything on his own, she's worried his work will cause more damage than he realizes and wants to call in professional help. Will he give in so they can wrap up their first project by their strict deadline?

Tuesday
Oct 17
10am | 9c
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 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.

Tuesday
Oct 17
11am | 10c
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.

Tuesday
Oct 17
11:30am | 10:30c
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.

Tuesday
Oct 17
12pm | 11c
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?

Tuesday
Oct 17
12:30pm | 11:30c
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

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