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 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 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 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
Dec 12
2pm | 1c
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.

Monday
Feb 29
10pm | 9c
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 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.

Friday
May 13
12:30pm | 11:30c
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.

Sunday
May 22
3am | 2c
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 4, Episode 9

Dangerous DIY

Kyara and Khalil take on a dilapidated Baltimore townhouse for their first flip. Kyara becomes concerned that, between Khalil's dangerous renovation methods and their overall lack of experience, they might get hurt before this flip gets finished.

Saturday
May 13
10pm | 9c
Season 4, Episode 8

Going Against the Grain

Design-savvy Shayla enlists her mom, Michelle, to help her with some of the heavy lifting on her first flip. But the deeper this mother-daughter team gets into the renovation, the more Shayla realizes that her vision for the house may not become a reality.

Saturday
Jul 1
10:30pm | 9:30c
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.

Monday
Aug 7
12pm | 11c
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
Aug 19
8pm | 7c
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?

Saturday
Aug 19
8:30pm | 7:30c
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.

Saturday
Aug 19
9pm | 8c
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
Aug 20
12am | 11c
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
Aug 20
3am | 2c
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?

Sunday
Aug 20
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 4, Episode 3

Mistakes Lead to Breaks

Kristen and her boyfriend, Mario, decide to flip their first house together, but when their contractor unexpectedly abandons them in the middle of the project, they struggle to finish their flip on time. Tensions run high as Kristen wants to start a new career as a professional flipper, while Mario just wants to rush through the renovation and get it over with.

Saturday
Aug 26
6pm | 5c
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
Aug 26
6:30pm | 5:30c
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
Aug 26
7pm | 6c
Season 4, Episode 13

It's Raining Cabinets

Justin enlists his wife, Gulay, to help with the renovations on his first house flip. But when the flippers run into multiple delays and make mistakes on simple projects, Gulay starts to doubt their ability to successfully finish the flip.

Saturday
Aug 26
7:30pm | 6:30c
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
Aug 26
8pm | 7c
Season 5, Episode 11

Communication is Turnkey

A young married couple flips a house in South Bend, Indiana, and struggles to communicate during the flip. He has more experience and gets frustrated with his wife's lack of construction knowledge, while she gets increasingly upset when he fails to explain the renovation projects.

Saturday
Aug 26
8:30pm | 7:30c
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.

Saturday
Aug 26
9pm | 8c

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