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

By: Kelly Connolly

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 6, Episode 3

Another Brick in the Flip

A couple decides to flip an old farmhouse in North Carolina, but the two soon realize they may have taken on more than they can handle. With time running out, they worry that if they don't bust their budget and hire professional help, their flip will never end.

Saturday
Aug 11
11:30pm | 10:30c
Season 6, Episode 1

Home Is Where the Hearth Is

A couple decides to flip a house they have admired for years in Henderson, TX. But, when their timeline extends beyond their expectations, they are forced to move into the active renovation site in order to keep things moving and cut costs.

Sunday
Aug 12
2am | 1c
Season 6, Episode 3

Another Brick in the Flip

A couple decides to flip an old farmhouse in North Carolina, but the two soon realize they may have taken on more than they can handle. With time running out, they worry that if they don't bust their budget and hire professional help, their flip will never end.

Sunday
Aug 12
2:30am | 1:30c
Season 8, Episode 14

Unscrewed Flip

A real estate agent takes on a flip with her mom in Bossier City, Louisiana. These novices are in over their heads from the start as basic tools cause a struggle and attempted projects go awry. Tensions run high as they blow past their expected six-week schedule, hurting their budget and possibly their business partnership.

Saturday
Aug 18
7pm | 6c
Season 8, Episode 9

Flipping Over Cabinets

A daughter enlists her mom as her partner for a flip in East Tennessee. They have big hopes for the renovation but their methods clash when the daughter wants to move through projects quickly and just "eyeball it" instead of following her mother's more tried-and-true methods. These flippers will have to find a balance if they want to make it out of this flip together.

Saturday
Aug 18
7:30pm | 6:30c
Season 8, Episode 8

Unstructured Budget

A married couple takes on a flip in their hometown of Hillsdale, Michigan. After making some progress by tackling projects on their own, their strict budget is put in jeopardy when they discover major damage to the roof that threatens the entire structure of the house.

Saturday
Aug 18
8pm | 7c
Season 8, Episode 6

Weathering the Flip

Two cousins take on their first flip as hurricane season approaches in Louisiana. They weather the storm but they're left to fix a ton of residual damage. It's a lot for any project but it's especially tough for first timers hoping to keep their heads above water.

Saturday
Aug 18
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
Aug 18
11pm | 10c
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
Aug 18
11:30pm | 10:30c
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
Aug 19
2am | 1c
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.

Sunday
Aug 19
2:30am | 1:30c
Season 8, Episode 8

Unstructured Budget

A married couple takes on a flip in their hometown of Hillsdale, Michigan. After making some progress by tackling projects on their own, their strict budget is put in jeopardy when they discover major damage to the roof that threatens the entire structure of the house.

Sunday
Aug 19
3am | 2c
Season 8, Episode 6

Weathering the Flip

Two cousins take on their first flip as hurricane season approaches in Louisiana. They weather the storm but they're left to fix a ton of residual damage. It's a lot for any project but it's especially tough for first timers hoping to keep their heads above water.

Sunday
Aug 19
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.

Saturday
Aug 25
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
Aug 25
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 8, Episode 4

Light at the End of the Flip

A married couple starts on what they believe will be the perfect flip in Rochester, New York. But one partner's meticulous nature leads the couple to move at a pace so slow it could jeopardize their two-month schedule, while the other's sense of urgency induces stress over the timeline. These flippers soon realize that the only way they may finish this flip is to divide and conquer on their own terms.

Saturday
Aug 25
11pm | 10c
Season 8, Episode 5

Batter Up!

A SWAT expert breaks out the force's battering ram for his and his girlfriend's first flip in West Palm Beach, Florida. They're off to a great start with the big guns, but it's the small tools that give them the most trouble. Poor measurements lead to wasted time on simple projects, threatening their tight schedule.

Saturday
Aug 25
11:30pm | 10:30c
Season 8, Episode 4

Light at the End of the Flip

A married couple starts on what they believe will be the perfect flip in Rochester, New York. But one partner's meticulous nature leads the couple to move at a pace so slow it could jeopardize their two-month schedule, while the other's sense of urgency induces stress over the timeline. These flippers soon realize that the only way they may finish this flip is to divide and conquer on their own terms.

Sunday
Aug 26
2am | 1c
Season 8, Episode 5

Batter Up!

A SWAT expert breaks out the force's battering ram for his and his girlfriend's first flip in West Palm Beach, Florida. They're off to a great start with the big guns, but it's the small tools that give them the most trouble. Poor measurements lead to wasted time on simple projects, threatening their tight schedule.

Sunday
Aug 26
2:30am | 1:30c
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
Aug 26
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
Aug 26
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.

Friday
Aug 31
1pm | 12c
Season 6, Episode 8

Tropic Blunder

A mother-daughter team flips their first house on the beautiful island of Kauai, HI. While the flipping newbies have real estate experience, a surprise visit from a building inspector quickly gets them off track. The ladies soon find themselves in high water as the renovation proves to be far more difficult than expected.

Friday
Aug 31
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 6, Episode 10

No Gutters, No Glory

A young married couple has decided to flip a house with the help of her brother. While the flip starts off well, the project soon falls behind. The guys want to move as quickly as possible but she is concerned that important details are being overlooked in the mad dash to the finish. Her fun-loving brother's reckless methods may also be putting his safety, and the entire project, at risk.

Friday
Aug 31
2pm | 1c
Season 6, Episode 12

Trowel and Error

Best friends that are behind on their flip in Guntersville, Alabama, disagree on how to get back on track. One wants to hire subcontractors to help pick up the pace, but the other wants to protect their profit margin by figuring it out themselves.

Friday
Aug 31
2:30pm | 1:30c
Season 6, Episode 14

A Day Late and a Nickel Short

Josh and Jayme are a young married couple who have decided to flip a house in Oklahoma City. When they encounter an unexpected and costly delay, Jayme grows concerned about the cost of extending their renovation but Josh's inner perfectionist refuses to sacrifice quality. Will they finish the house on time or will the devil in the details break the bank?

Friday
Aug 31
3pm | 2c

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