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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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 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.

Friday
Aug 21
9:30pm | 8:30c
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.

Friday
Aug 21
11pm | 10c
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.

Saturday
Aug 29
9:30pm | 8:30c
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
Feb 29
10:30pm | 9:30c
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.

Tuesday
Mar 8
3am | 2c
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
Apr 17
1:30am | 12:30c
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?

Saturday
Jun 4
8:30pm | 7:30c
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.

Friday
Jul 29
5:30pm | 4:30c
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.

Tuesday
Dec 6
2:30pm | 1:30c
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.

Saturday
Feb 4
7:30pm | 6:30c
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.

Tuesday
Feb 7
5:30pm | 4:30c
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.

Saturday
Apr 8
9:30pm | 8:30c
Season 5, Episode 9

In The Binder We Trust

Two young actors try to earn extra money by flipping a house in Morrisville, PA. Because of their inexperience, one of them strictly follows instructions she printed from the Internet and compiled into a "construction binder." As the flip goes on, they start to question whether it's better to flip by the book or figure it out on their own.

Sunday
Jul 9
2:30am | 1:30c
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
Jul 22
8pm | 7c
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.

Saturday
Jul 22
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 5, Episode 14

Wild in Washington

Husband and wife Scott and Kim flip their first house in Port Orchard, WA. Although the flippers start the project optimistically, Kim has to take time away from her day job to compensate for Scott's questionable renovation methods. Even with Kim taking charge, however, the duo struggles to finish the flip on time and within their budget.

Saturday
Jul 22
9pm | 8c
Season 4, Episode 12

Missing the Muscle

When Craig and Matt decided to flip a house on the Jersey Shore, they expected it to be an easy project. However, their flip is sent into a tailspin when Matt must leave for several months for a new job. With Matt gone, Craig must figure out how to finish the flip on his own.

Saturday
Jul 22
10:30pm | 9:30c
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
Jul 22
11pm | 10c
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
Jul 22
11:30pm | 10:30c
Season 5, Episode 14

Wild in Washington

Husband and wife Scott and Kim flip their first house in Port Orchard, WA. Although the flippers start the project optimistically, Kim has to take time away from her day job to compensate for Scott's questionable renovation methods. Even with Kim taking charge, however, the duo struggles to finish the flip on time and within their budget.

Sunday
Jul 23
12am | 11c
Season 4, Episode 12

Missing the Muscle

When Craig and Matt decided to flip a house on the Jersey Shore, they expected it to be an easy project. However, their flip is sent into a tailspin when Matt must leave for several months for a new job. With Matt gone, Craig must figure out how to finish the flip on his own.

Sunday
Jul 23
1:30am | 12:30c
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
Jul 23
2am | 1c
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
Jul 23
2:30am | 1:30c
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
Jul 23
3am | 2c
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.

Sunday
Jul 23
3:30am | 2:30c
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
Jul 29
8pm | 7c

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