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.

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.

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 22
4pm | 3c
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.

Saturday
Aug 1
9pm | 8c
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
Aug 29
8:30pm | 7:30c
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.

Saturday
Oct 17
6:30pm | 5:30c
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.

Saturday
Oct 17
9pm | 8c
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
Mar 26
8:30pm | 7:30c
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
Apr 23
8:30pm | 7:30c
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?

Friday
May 13
12pm | 11c
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.

Saturday
May 28
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.

Sunday
Aug 14
1:30am | 12:30c
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 1
10pm | 9c
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
Nov 12
6pm | 5c
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.

Thursday
Mar 2
4pm | 3c
Season 4, Episode 6

Nashville Novices

Leland is flipping a house in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, and has asked his parents Evy and Bob to help him with the renovations. With Leland splitting his time between his home in California and the flip in Nashville, this family of flippers struggles to complete the house on time.

Saturday
Mar 25
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 4, Episode 4

Cranky Construction

Friends Kim and Marissa enthusiastically jump into their first flip but soon realize that they may not have enough construction experience to complete the project on their own. When renovations start to go awry and delays slow down progress, the once optimistic duo realizes they are in over their heads.

Saturday
Mar 25
9pm | 8c
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
Mar 25
9:30pm | 8:30c
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
Mar 25
10pm | 9c
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
Mar 25
10:30pm | 9:30c
Season 4, Episode 14

Design Debates

When Tom decides to parlay his career as a real estate agent into house flipping, he partners up with his interior design-savvy friend Leisa. However, Tom ignores Leisa's design ideas, leading Leisa to become increasingly frustrated as the flip progresses.

Saturday
Mar 25
11pm | 10c
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
Mar 25
11:30pm | 10:30c
Season 4, Episode 4

Cranky Construction

Friends Kim and Marissa enthusiastically jump into their first flip but soon realize that they may not have enough construction experience to complete the project on their own. When renovations start to go awry and delays slow down progress, the once optimistic duo realizes they are in over their heads.

Sunday
Mar 26
12am | 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
Mar 26
12:30am | 11:30c
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.

Sunday
Mar 26
1am | 12c
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
Mar 26
1:30am | 12:30c
Season 4, Episode 14

Design Debates

When Tom decides to parlay his career as a real estate agent into house flipping, he partners up with his interior design-savvy friend Leisa. However, Tom ignores Leisa's design ideas, leading Leisa to become increasingly frustrated as the flip progresses.

Sunday
Mar 26
2am | 1c
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
Mar 26
2:30am | 1:30c

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