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.

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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 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
Jul 11
9:30pm | 8:30c
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.

Sunday
Aug 2
1am | 12c
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.

Wednesday
Aug 5
12:30pm | 11:30c
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
Sep 6
2:30am | 1:30c
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.

Sunday
Mar 13
8am | 7c
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.

Monday
Mar 28
11:30pm | 10:30c
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
Apr 10
3:30am | 2:30c
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?

Saturday
Apr 16
7pm | 6c
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
Apr 16
9pm | 8c
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
May 21
9:30pm | 8:30c
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.

Sunday
Jun 5
3am | 2c
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
Jun 10
3pm | 2c
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.

Saturday
Jun 25
7pm | 6c
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
Jul 23
11pm | 10c
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
Jul 23
11:30pm | 10:30c
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.

Sunday
Jul 24
2am | 1c
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
Jul 24
2:30am | 1:30c
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.

Friday
Jul 29
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?

Friday
Jul 29
12:30pm | 11:30c
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?

Friday
Jul 29
1pm | 12c
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.

Friday
Jul 29
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 2, Episode 6

Mother Knows Best

When Bobby told his mother that the real estate market in Portland was perfect for flipping a house, he did not expect her to quit her job and move in with him to find her own project. Now Bobby has to help his inexperienced mother flip her first house, but will she listen to his experience or stick to her own ideas about design?

Friday
Jul 29
2pm | 1c
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.

Friday
Jul 29
2:30pm | 1:30c
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!

Friday
Jul 29
3pm | 2c
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.

Friday
Jul 29
3:30pm | 2:30c
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.

Friday
Jul 29
4pm | 3c

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