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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 6, Episode 5

A Flip for All Seasons

First-timers enlist their friend to flip a house in Long Island, NY, but quickly realize that the project is more complicated than they ever expected. After the group is forced to tear down the entire frame of the house, the race is on to rebuild it from the foundation and finish as fast as possible. While one has the construction knowledge to lead the flip, his inexperienced partners will need to learn fast if the three of them are going to make up any ground together.

Friday
Mar 8
3pm | 2c
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.

Friday
Mar 8
3:30pm | 2:30c
Season 6, Episode 9

Pipe Shelving Dreams

A husband and wife team decide to flip an enormous log cabin in South Carolina, but they soon realize that they have very different interests. As she becomes more focused on the design features of the house, he worries that too many important construction projects are left incomplete. The two young flippers must find a middle ground if they are going to finish on time.

Friday
Mar 8
4pm | 3c
Season 6, Episode 11

I Now Pronounce You Flippers

A young couple simultaneously plans a wedding and flips their first house together in Miami, FL. While they initially think they will save a ton of money by doing a lot of the construction themselves, their inexperience ends up delaying them at every turn. With each project, they realize that they might need to dip into their wedding budget to get this house finished correctly.

Friday
Mar 8
4:30pm | 3:30c
Season 6, Episode 13

Columns, Counters and Cousins

Corey decides to flip a house in Knoxville, Tennessee, with his girlfriend Lauren and cousin Chris. While Corey has some construction knowledge, nothing can prepare the team for the amount of work in store for them. The more problems they run into, the more projects they try to do themselves to save money, but Lauren begins to worry that they are in over their heads and there are just some things they should leave to the professionals.

Friday
Mar 8
5pm | 4c
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.

Wednesday
Mar 13
9am | 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.

Wednesday
Mar 13
9:30am | 8:30c
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.

Wednesday
Mar 13
10am | 9c
Season 7, Episode 8

Quick Flip or Slow Drip?

A competitive couple attempts to power through their first flip in Holmes, PA. The project starts strong as the couple strives to do most of the work themselves and keep costs as low as possible. Unforeseen plumbing issues lead to a near flood in the basement, however, causing the panicked couple to question if they can pull through at all.

Wednesday
Mar 13
10:30am | 9:30c
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.

Wednesday
Mar 13
11am | 10c
Season 7, Episode 4

In The Trenches

A husband-and-wife team goes way over on schedule and budget when permit applications with the city don't go as expected. Finding themselves at a standstill with what work they can accomplish, the wife starts to worry this flip will never end.

Wednesday
Mar 13
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 7, Episode 2

Flipping in the Big Easy

Two friends and stay-at-home moms decide to flip their first house together in New Orleans, Louisiana, but their conflicting design styles and schedule test the limits of their friendship. In order to finish the flip on time and on budget, they'll have to find a way to compromise.

Wednesday
Mar 13
12pm | 11c
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.

Wednesday
Mar 13
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 7, Episode 4

In The Trenches

A husband-and-wife team goes way over on schedule and budget when permit applications with the city don't go as expected. Finding themselves at a standstill with what work they can accomplish, the wife starts to worry this flip will never end.

Saturday
Mar 23
8pm | 7c
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
Mar 23
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 15, Episode 2

Craziest Flipping Fails

There are a million things that can go wrong for first-time flippers! These newbies learn the hard way that one should never underestimate the difficulty or safety of a routine renovation.

Saturday
Mar 23
9pm | 8c
Season 7, Episode 8

Quick Flip or Slow Drip?

A competitive couple attempts to power through their first flip in Holmes, PA. The project starts strong as the couple strives to do most of the work themselves and keep costs as low as possible. Unforeseen plumbing issues lead to a near flood in the basement, however, causing the panicked couple to question if they can pull through at all.

Saturday
Mar 23
9:30pm | 8:30c
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
Mar 23
10pm | 9c
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
Mar 23
10:30pm | 9:30c
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
Mar 23
11pm | 10c
Season 8, Episode 1

Bugging Out Over Beams

A married couple flips a gutted ranch-style home in Owasso, Oklahoma. The discovery of termite damage puts this flip behind schedule and over budget from the start. But the real trouble begins when one flipper ignores the other's design ideas and starts making all the decisions, turning this flip into a power struggle between a cautious wife and a risk-taking husband.

Saturday
Mar 23
11:30pm | 10:30c
Season 15, Episode 2

Craziest Flipping Fails

There are a million things that can go wrong for first-time flippers! These newbies learn the hard way that one should never underestimate the difficulty or safety of a routine renovation.

Sunday
Mar 24
12am | 11c
Season 7, Episode 8

Quick Flip or Slow Drip?

A competitive couple attempts to power through their first flip in Holmes, PA. The project starts strong as the couple strives to do most of the work themselves and keep costs as low as possible. Unforeseen plumbing issues lead to a near flood in the basement, however, causing the panicked couple to question if they can pull through at all.

Sunday
Mar 24
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
Mar 24
1am | 12c
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
Mar 24
1:30am | 12:30c
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.

Sunday
Mar 24
2am | 1c

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