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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 8, Episode 12

Upstate Upset

A husband and wife take on an enormous house in upstate New York for their first flip. Even with a background in construction, they find themselves overstressed and out of luck when the project is delayed by several months. The couple tries to split household duties and flip duties so that they can work on it day and night, but with exhaustion and winter creeping up on them, at least one of them is worried there's no end in sight.

Sunday
Aug 4
2:30am | 1:30c
Season 8, Episode 10

Winter Flipping is Coming

A young couple flipping a fire- and water-damaged duplex in Passaic, New Jersey, runs into one problem after another when they strip the home to its bare bones. They go over their allotted time for the flip and are forced to face the harsh winter -- and the even harsher reality of what goes into flipping a house.

Saturday
Aug 10
10:30pm | 9:30c
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 10
11pm | 10c
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 10
11:30pm | 10:30c
Season 8, Episode 10

Winter Flipping is Coming

A young couple flipping a fire- and water-damaged duplex in Passaic, New Jersey, runs into one problem after another when they strip the home to its bare bones. They go over their allotted time for the flip and are forced to face the harsh winter -- and the even harsher reality of what goes into flipping a house.

Sunday
Aug 11
1:30am | 12:30c
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 11
2am | 1c
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 11
2:30am | 1:30c
Season 5, Episode 1

Competitive Construction

A competitive couple in Omaha, Nebraska, tries to turn each renovation project into a game to determine which one of them is the best flipper. With time running out and the budget becoming tighter each day, the young duo soon realizes that construction is not all fun and games, and they've got to get serious to get this flip done.

Thursday
Sep 12
10am | 9c
Season 5, Episode 3

Stressful St. Paul Flip

A husband and wife buy their neighbor's house in St. Paul, MN, to beautify their neighborhood and venture into flipping while staying close to home. But while the flip's location is convenient for the duo, differing work methods lead to stress that threatens to get the best of them.

Thursday
Sep 12
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 5, Episode 4

Cabinet Catastrophe

Newlyweds Tori and Lee decide to flip a huge house in Denver, but they quickly realize they're in over their heads as each project becomes more complicated than the last. With the budget snowballing out of control, these young flippers question whether they can finish the project at all.

Thursday
Sep 12
11am | 10c
Season 5, Episode 6

Plagued by Permits

A husband and wife's Orange, California, ranch flip starts off strong, but they run into serious permit delays that may force them to lower their asking price if they get denied by the city. With delays and possible expansion limitations, they start to realize that their first flip may actually be their worst nightmare.

Thursday
Sep 12
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 5, Episode 7

Dubious Flip in DuBois

Brooke and her boyfriend Shawn update an enormous historic home in DuBois, Pennsylvania. However, Brooke's construction inexperience slows down the progress, and the young couple clashes when Shawn keeps reassigning projects to himself to save time.

Thursday
Sep 12
12pm | 11c
Season 5, Episode 9

In The Binder We Trust

Actors Kevin and Kristin want to earn extra money by flipping a house in Morrisville, Pennsylvania. 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.

Thursday
Sep 12
12:30pm | 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.

Saturday
Sep 28
8pm | 7c
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
Sep 28
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 9, Episode 14

Mother's Mayhem

A mom and son flip their first house in Nolensville, TN, but her recklessness and his overly cautious approach immediately put them at odds. As they struggle to keep things moving, she insists on hiring professionals, but he wants to stay on budget by doing most of the work themselves.

Saturday
Sep 28
9pm | 8c
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
Sep 28
9:30pm | 8:30c
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
Sep 28
10pm | 9c
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
Sep 28
10:30pm | 9:30c
Season 7, Episode 7

Momma Knows Best

A college student enlists the help of her mother while flipping a house in Connecticut for money to pay for her tuition. The duo feels optimistic after a strong start attempting most projects themselves to save money. The young student is a little less enthused by the job as their schedule presses on, however, leaving her hard-working mother worried her daughter's social life will distract her from pulling her weight in the project.

Saturday
Sep 28
11pm | 10c
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
Sep 28
11:30pm | 10:30c
Season 9, Episode 14

Mother's Mayhem

A mom and son flip their first house in Nolensville, TN, but her recklessness and his overly cautious approach immediately put them at odds. As they struggle to keep things moving, she insists on hiring professionals, but he wants to stay on budget by doing most of the work themselves.

Sunday
Sep 29
12am | 11c
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
Sep 29
12:30am | 11:30c
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.

Sunday
Sep 29
1am | 12c
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
Sep 29
1:30am | 12:30c
Season 7, Episode 7

Momma Knows Best

A college student enlists the help of her mother while flipping a house in Connecticut for money to pay for her tuition. The duo feels optimistic after a strong start attempting most projects themselves to save money. The young student is a little less enthused by the job as their schedule presses on, however, leaving her hard-working mother worried her daughter's social life will distract her from pulling her weight in the project.

Sunday
Sep 29
2am | 1c

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