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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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.

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 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
Jul 18
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.

Wednesday
Jul 22
3pm | 2c
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 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.

Sunday
Mar 6
12am | 11c
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
Mar 19
8pm | 7c
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
Apr 2
8:30pm | 7:30c
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
May 14
9pm | 8c
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.

Sunday
Aug 14
1am | 12c
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
Nov 12
10pm | 9c
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
Nov 19
7:30pm | 6:30c
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
Nov 27
2am | 1c
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?

Tuesday
Dec 27
9:30am | 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
Mar 4
10:30pm | 9:30c
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
Apr 29
8pm | 7c
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
Apr 29
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
Apr 29
9:30pm | 8:30c
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
Apr 29
10pm | 9c
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
Apr 29
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
Apr 29
11pm | 10c
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.

Saturday
Apr 29
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
Apr 30
12:30am | 11:30c
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
Apr 30
1am | 12c
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
Apr 30
1:30am | 12:30c
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.

Sunday
Apr 30
2am | 1c
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.

Sunday
Apr 30
2:30am | 1:30c
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.

Sunday
Apr 30
3am | 2c

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