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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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 and her boyfriend Randy are turning a rundown, two-family home in Gretna, Louisiana, into a 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 10

Double Trouble

Cousins Will and Mike are teaming up to flip a two-unit house as a new business venture in Elizabeth, New Jersey. They're excited for the flip, but an unexpected event leaves one cousin shorthanded with a lot more work than he bargained for.

Sunday
Aug 30
1am | 12c
Season 3, Episode 7

Texas Two Flip

High school sweethearts Samantha and Phil have decided to flip their first house in Houston, TX, and in order to save money, they'll live in the house as they renovate it. Samantha soon realizes that living in an active construction site may not be as easy as it seems, and the longer the flip goes on, the more Samantha wants the flip to end so she can escape the amenity-free living situation.

Sunday
Oct 9
12:30am | 11:30c
Season 1, Episode 12

Flipping and Falling

Ben and his boyfriend, Will, are in a little over their heads as they try to flip a house in Pittsburgh, PA, to make quick cash. They hope to make enough of a profit to open their own bakery so they can kick-start their own dreams by creating a dream home for someone else.

Sunday
Nov 20
2:30am | 1:30c
Season 3, Episode 6

Abandon Flip!

Former detective turned small-business owner John and his friend, Alex, purchased a 1970 home in the town of North Bergen, New Jersey. Everything needs to be brought up to modern standards. Alex has experience and is more logical in his plans, but John is the one paying for renovations and wants to do as much as he can without hiring help. As their timeline stretches, tensions will run high in this flip.

Sunday
Feb 12
1:30am | 12:30c
Season 3, Episode 14

Danger and Demolition

Young real estate agent Arielle dreams of starting her own house flipping business in Philadelphia and has enlisted her happy-go-lucky boyfriend, Ryan, as free labor to help her do it. With constant injuries and a never-ending cycle of construction issues, Arielle and Ryan start to question whether they are cut out to be house flippers.

Sunday
Mar 12
3:30am | 1:30c
Season 3, Episode 9

Sweat Equity

First-time flipper Jeneane decides to partner with her seemingly experienced boyfriend, Eric, to renovate a house in Sanger, Texas. As the flip progresses, Jeneane realizes that Eric may not have as much construction experience as she thought, and she'll have to take charge if they're ever going to finish this flip.

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

Wednesday
Apr 12
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 4, Episode 7

Flip Flop Flippin'

Best friends Kim and Ginger are flipping their first house in beautiful Pensacola, Florida. When Ginger becomes concerned about their lack of experience, she and Kim clash over whether they should hire a professional or finish the rest of the renovations on their own.

Saturday
May 13
11:30pm | 10:30c
Season 5, Episode 2

Flipping Down the Aisle

Tom and his fiancee, Kerry, are planning their upcoming wedding while flipping their first house in Washington, Connecticut. With the flip taking longer than expected and the wedding day quickly approaching, stress gets the best of these flippers when they realize that they're rapidly running out of time.

Sunday
Oct 8
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 7, Episode 1

Flipped Out Friends

Two real estate agent best friends flip their first home in Tacoma, WA, with hopes that their insider knowledge of what sells will pull them through. However, with no prior renovation experience, they put their friendship, flip and safety on the line.

Sunday
Feb 25
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 6, Episode 6

The Nails 'n the Coughin'

Lifelong friends set out to flip their first house together in their hometown of Overland, Missouri. While one has past experience renovating houses, the other is a total newbie. It doesn't take long before they start questioning each other's methods and are left wondering how to best complete their first project.

Saturday
Mar 31
5pm | 4c
Season 7, Episode 3

Flip-cation

A West Coast couple attempts a four-week flip while on vacation in her hometown of Perry, New York. As the end of their trip approaches, he wants to find contractors to finish the house when they're back home, but she worries that they won't find anyone who can see her vision through to completion.

Sunday
Apr 1
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 7, Episode 14

Praying for an Easy Flip

Two pastors at the same church flip a house in Muskegon, MI. One has prior renovation experience and is confident he can lead the charge while the other is hoping to learn new skills along the way. As the timeline extends, the newbie grows weary of his partner's skill level and worries that overconfidence will hurt the overall quality of the house.

Saturday
Apr 21
7pm | 6c
Season 7, Episode 1

Flipped Out Friends

Two real estate agent best friends flip their first home in Tacoma, WA, with hopes that their insider knowledge of what sells will pull them through. However, with no prior renovation experience, they put their friendship, flip and safety on the line.

Saturday
Apr 21
7:30pm | 6:30c
Season 7, Episode 10

Lonely Star State Flip

A young couple finds themselves in deep water on a flip in Pecan Grove, Texas. While he works on an oil rig for two weeks at a time, she struggles to find projects she can take on alone while she cares for their baby. The stress of their approaching open house starts to hit home as they try to split their schedules between the flip, a full-time job and full-time parenting.

Saturday
Apr 21
8pm | 7c
Season 7, Episode 3

Flip-cation

A West Coast couple attempts a four-week flip while on vacation in her hometown of Perry, New York. As the end of their trip approaches, he wants to find contractors to finish the house when they're back home, but she worries that they won't find anyone who can see her vision through to completion.

Saturday
Apr 21
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 7, Episode 5

Slow and Unsteady

A quick two-month flip is delayed fivefold when unforeseen structural issues are discovered during demo. Under the gun, the couple's priorities split when she decides to focus on intricate salvage projects while he's left with some major undertakings.

Saturday
Apr 21
9pm | 8c
Season 7, Episode 12

Shirley is Serious

Sisters Shirley and Rose are flipping their first house in a Boston suburb. Rose takes the lead naturally, but Shirley grows increasingly worried as certain projects seem to spiral out of control. She has to get serious about reining Rose in if they're ever going to get through this project.

Saturday
Apr 21
9:30pm | 8:30c
Season 7, Episode 5

Slow and Unsteady

A quick two-month flip is delayed fivefold when unforeseen structural issues are discovered during demo. Under the gun, the couple's priorities split when she decides to focus on intricate salvage projects while he's left with some major undertakings.

Sunday
Apr 22
12am | 11c
Season 7, Episode 12

Shirley is Serious

Sisters Shirley and Rose are flipping their first house in a Boston suburb. Rose takes the lead naturally, but Shirley grows increasingly worried as certain projects seem to spiral out of control. She has to get serious about reining Rose in if they're ever going to get through this project.

Sunday
Apr 22
12:30am | 11:30c
Season 7, Episode 10

Lonely Star State Flip

A young couple finds themselves in deep water on a flip in Pecan Grove, Texas. While he works on an oil rig for two weeks at a time, she struggles to find projects she can take on alone while she cares for their baby. The stress of their approaching open house starts to hit home as they try to split their schedules between the flip, a full-time job and full-time parenting.

Sunday
Apr 22
3am | 2c
Season 7, Episode 3

Flip-cation

A West Coast couple attempts a four-week flip while on vacation in her hometown of Perry, New York. As the end of their trip approaches, he wants to find contractors to finish the house when they're back home, but she worries that they won't find anyone who can see her vision through to completion.

Sunday
Apr 22
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 7, Episode 9

On a Limb

A woman in Milford, CT, begins to worry when her husband's haphazard renovation methods take their flip off the rails. She's worried about the quality of the job and knows taking back control of the construction is the only way to carry them through.

Saturday
Apr 28
7pm | 6c
Season 7, Episode 6

When Duty Calls

Busy parents attempt their first flip in Kettering, OH, but things get hectic balancing life at home, their landscaping business and the flip's short schedule. When he's constantly pulled away with his day job, she grows concerned that they can't devote enough attention to finish the project on time.

Saturday
Apr 28
7:30pm | 6:30c
Season 7, Episode 3

Flip-cation

A West Coast couple attempts a four-week flip while on vacation in her hometown of Perry, New York. As the end of their trip approaches, he wants to find contractors to finish the house when they're back home, but she worries that they won't find anyone who can see her vision through to completion.

Saturday
Apr 28
8pm | 7c

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