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 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.

Thursday
Jul 2
1pm | 12c
Season 1, Episode 7

Til' Tile Do Us Part

Chris and Rachel are attempting their first flip with the desire to make a profit and break out of their comfort zones. With Chris' ex-wife helping out with the renovations, comfort zones will no doubt be tested, but this soon-to-be married couple will need all the help they can get if they want their flip to be successful.

Friday
Aug 21
7:30pm | 6:30c
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
Sep 5
8:30pm | 7:30c
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
Oct 3
9:30pm | 8:30c
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.

Sunday
Apr 10
2:30am | 1:30c
Season 1, Episode 9

Digging Up Trouble

Mother-daughter duo Darlene and Laura Schror are flipping their first home together. They quickly discover that they have a lot to learn, but with some hard work, the Schror women may be able to work a miracle and turn the profit they're hoping for.

Wednesday
Jul 6
5pm | 4c
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.

Saturday
Aug 13
12pm | 11c
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?

Sunday
Sep 25
12:30am | 11:30c
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
Oct 29
7:30pm | 6:30c
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.

Sunday
Oct 30
1am | 12c
Season 2, Episode 14

California Flippin'

Storeowners Drew and Plinio have always wanted to flip a house, but after they start, Plinio is constantly leaving the job site to check on their beloved shop, which means Drew is on his own. These two are putting their relationship to the test and taking a huge risk by investing all their money in this house. Will Plinio step up and pull his own weight, or will Andrew be left to flip this house all on his own?

Sunday
Nov 13
1:30am | 12:30c
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.

Tuesday
Dec 6
12:30pm | 11:30c
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 17
9:30pm | 8:30c
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
Jan 21
7pm | 6c
Season 3, Episode 6

Abandon Flip!

Former detective turned small-business owner John and his friend Alex purchased a home from the 1970s in the town of North Bergen, New Jersey. Everything in the home needs to be brought up to modern standards. Alex has experience and is more logical in his plans but John is the one paying for renovations and wants to do as much as he can without hiring help. As their timeline stretches, tensions will run high in this flip.

Saturday
Jan 21
7:30pm | 6:30c
Season 2, Episode 1

Waterfront Worry

Matt and Amy knew that they wanted to flip a house in the beautiful beach neighborhood of Brick, NJ, but they didn't want to go overboard. They purchased a lovely waterfront home with mostly cosmetic needs. But Matt went off the rails gutting the whole house. Over budget and overwhelmed, Matt's overzealous plans for renovations are driving Amy out of her mind.

Saturday
Jan 21
8pm | 7c
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
Jan 21
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 4, Episode 10

Flippin' on Broken Glass

High school sweethearts Monty and Reagan are flipping a house in order to spend more time with each other. The flippers soon find they have bitten off more than they can chew when Monty is forced to do all the heavy lifting and Reagan's design ideas become increasingly more expensive.

Saturday
Jan 21
9pm | 8c
Season 4, Episode 5

Dancing on the Drop Ceiling

When Daniel accidentally wins a dilapidated house in an auction, he and his pregnant wife, Katie, must rush to finish the house before their baby's due date. With multiple delays and a serious lack of experience, the chances of these flippers finishing before their baby arrives gets slimmer and slimmer as the days progress.

Saturday
Jan 21
9:30pm | 8:30c
Season 4, Episode 2

Toddlers and Timelines

Jackie and Eric's original timeline of three months for their flip is unexpectedly cut down to one month when Eric gets a job offer in another state. Jackie and Eric must work as fast as they can to complete their flip, which is made increasingly difficult with their three toddlers at the job site.

Saturday
Jan 21
10pm | 9c
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.

Saturday
Jan 21
10:30pm | 9:30c
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
Jan 21
11pm | 10c
Season 2, Episode 3

To Beam or Not to Beam

Best friends Blake and Tony have invested their life savings into their first flip. They need this flip to be successful, but the longer the flip takes, the more frustrated Tony becomes with his happy go lucky friend. Blake may have gone to school for architecture and know a thing or two about construction, but Tony needs Blake to work faster if they are to pull this flip off.

Saturday
Jan 21
11:30pm | 10:30c
Season 4, Episode 10

Flippin' on Broken Glass

High school sweethearts Monty and Reagan are flipping a house in order to spend more time with each other. The flippers soon find they have bitten off more than they can chew when Monty is forced to do all the heavy lifting and Reagan's design ideas become increasingly more expensive.

Sunday
Jan 22
12am | 11c
Season 4, Episode 5

Dancing on the Drop Ceiling

When Daniel accidentally wins a dilapidated house in an auction, he and his pregnant wife, Katie, must rush to finish the house before their baby's due date. With multiple delays and a serious lack of experience, the chances of these flippers finishing before their baby arrives gets slimmer and slimmer as the days progress.

Sunday
Jan 22
12:30am | 11:30c
Season 4, Episode 2

Toddlers and Timelines

Jackie and Eric's original timeline of three months for their flip is unexpectedly cut down to one month when Eric gets a job offer in another state. Jackie and Eric must work as fast as they can to complete their flip, which is made increasingly difficult with their three toddlers at the job site.

Sunday
Jan 22
1am | 12c

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