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.

Monday
Aug 17
6:30pm | 5:30c
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
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.

Saturday
Dec 12
6:30pm | 5:30c
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 1, Episode 11

Window Pain

Chris Dipreta and Brian Defosses are business partners looking to make some quick cash on a house flip. The house they purchased needs a lot of work, but this could lead to a new arm to their business endeavors.

Monday
Mar 7
10pm | 9c
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 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
Dec 10
10pm | 9c
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
Feb 18
8pm | 7c
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
Feb 25
8pm | 7c
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
Feb 25
8:30pm | 7:30c
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
Feb 25
9pm | 8c
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
Feb 25
9:30pm | 8:30c
Season 2, Episode 9

Side by Siding

Jean and her niece Elizabeth have worked together for years as land surveyors, and they have decided that their teamwork is strong enough to tackle their first house flip. While they start out optimistic, they realize they might have bitten off more than they can chew by flipping a house AND a small cottage on the same lot. As things continue to go wrong at every turn, these ladies begin to doubt if they will ever finish their project.

Saturday
Feb 25
10pm | 9c
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
Feb 25
10:30pm | 9:30c
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.

Saturday
Feb 25
11pm | 10c
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
Feb 25
11:30pm | 10:30c
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.

Sunday
Feb 26
12am | 11c
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
Feb 26
12:30am | 11:30c
Season 2, Episode 9

Side by Siding

Jean and her niece Elizabeth have worked together for years as land surveyors, and they have decided that their teamwork is strong enough to tackle their first house flip. While they start out optimistic, they realize they might have bitten off more than they can chew by flipping a house AND a small cottage on the same lot. As things continue to go wrong at every turn, these ladies begin to doubt if they will ever finish their project.

Sunday
Feb 26
1am | 12c
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.

Sunday
Feb 26
1:30am | 12:30c
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.

Sunday
Feb 26
2am | 1c

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