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Check out Matt and Abby's story as they flip their first home.

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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 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 1
7am | 6c
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 1
7:30am | 6:30c
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.

Saturday
Aug 1
8am | 7c
Season 8, Episode 11

Flip Out of Reach

A husband and wife set out to flip a spacious home all by themselves in Baltimore. As a real estate agent, she knows what the people want, but he worries her-high end tastes and minimal experience will sabotage their profits.

Saturday
Aug 1
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 9, Episode 8

Glazed and Confused

A couple flips an outdated, 1950s home in Ashland, Ohio. While he's confident in his construction abilities, he quickly realizes he must slow his process down and work around the home's original details that she wants to preserve.

Saturday
Aug 1
9am | 8c
Season 9, Episode 1

Risky Business

Two friends attempt to expand their real estate business by flipping their first house in Rochester, NY. However, when project after project goes awry, they quickly regret leaving the safety of their desks as construction proves to be harder than expected.

Saturday
Aug 1
9:30am | 8:30c
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.

Sunday
Aug 23
7am | 6c
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
Aug 23
7:30am | 6:30c
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.

Sunday
Aug 23
8am | 7c
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.

Sunday
Aug 23
8:30am | 7:30c
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.

Sunday
Aug 23
9am | 8c
Season 6, Episode 7

From Tune-Up to Teardown

A young couple believes they have scored the deal of a lifetime when they acquire an old farmhouse for their first flip. They soon realize, however, that the house is beyond repair. They're left to rebuild from the ground up, risking everything they have in the process.

Sunday
Aug 23
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 9, Episode 11

Flooring Flip Out

A couple in Rockwall, TX, finds themselves in deep water, literally, with their first flip -- but a mysterious leak in the front yard is only the beginning of their problems. Despite being savvy real estate agents, they struggle to get on the same page about a number of issues, including the design style and flooring.

Sunday
Aug 23
10am | 9c
Season 10, Episode 4

Live and Learn ... or Sellout

Garren and Beau struggle to find common ground while attempting their first flip in Columbia, TN. When the renovation gets derailed by flooding and a major roof leak, they must decide whether to risk it all in order to finish the house or walk away.

Sunday
Aug 23
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 9, Episode 2

Help Me Sharhonda

A husband-wife duo decides to do most of the construction to save money on their first flip in Duncanville, Texas. He has some construction experience, but she's a total newbie and needs guidance, something he struggles to give when it means compromising their speed.

Tuesday
Sep 1
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 9, Episode 1

Risky Business

Two friends attempt to expand their real estate business by flipping their first house in Rochester, NY. However, when project after project goes awry, they quickly regret leaving the safety of their desks as construction proves to be harder than expected.

Wednesday
Sep 2
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 9, Episode 5

Plagued By Perfectionism

A woman wants to support her husband's dream of flipping a house in Parma, OH, but she quickly realizes his perfectionism will result in a slower flip than anticipated. As each project becomes more complicated than the last, and he takes his time in order to get it right, she feels stuck in a never-ending flip.

Thursday
Sep 3
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 9, Episode 8

Glazed and Confused

A couple flips an outdated, 1950s home in Ashland, Ohio. While he's confident in his construction abilities, he quickly realizes he must slow his process down and work around the home's original details that she wants to preserve.

Friday
Sep 4
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 9, Episode 7

Keep Calm and Karrie On

Two sisters take on a dilapidated house in Seguin, Texas, with moldy walls, a leaky roof and a bad odor. While safety and power tools may not be their strongest attributes, the two work to turn the grimy property into a livable space for potential buyers.

Saturday
Sep 5
4:30am | 3:30c

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