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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 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
May 11
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
May 12
1am | 12c
Season 8, Episode 7

Texas Teardown

An unsuspecting husband and wife discover wide-spread termite damage that forces them to transition their Dallas flip from minor renovations to a complete rebuild. As their six-month timeline and workload doubles, these flippers cling to the hope the market turns in their favor.

Sunday
May 12
1:30am | 12:30c
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.

Sunday
May 12
2am | 1c
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.

Sunday
May 12
2:30am | 1:30c
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
May 18
10pm | 9c
Season 8, Episode 13

Power Problems in Chicago

Two cousins flipping a funky, outdated house in Chicago find themselves tearing it back to its original structure. Plumbing and electrical problems threaten their progress, but they don't see eye to eye when it comes to hiring professional help. One flipper is extremely optimistic, while the other is more realistic about whether they may have taken on more than they can handle.

Saturday
May 18
10:30pm | 9:30c
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
May 18
11pm | 10c
Season 8, Episode 2

All Play, No Flip

A real estate agent and her energetic husband start their first flip in Jackson, Tennessee. Surprise structural damage, electrical problems and mold turn a one-month project into a ten-month ordeal. She gets frustrated with his playfulness and questions whether he's taking this flip seriously. As his focus darts, her worry grows, and the end of this project is nowhere in sight.

Saturday
May 18
11:30pm | 10:30c
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.

Sunday
May 19
1am | 12c
Season 8, Episode 13

Power Problems in Chicago

Two cousins flipping a funky, outdated house in Chicago find themselves tearing it back to its original structure. Plumbing and electrical problems threaten their progress, but they don't see eye to eye when it comes to hiring professional help. One flipper is extremely optimistic, while the other is more realistic about whether they may have taken on more than they can handle.

Sunday
May 19
1:30am | 12:30c
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.

Sunday
May 19
2am | 1c
Season 8, Episode 2

All Play, No Flip

A real estate agent and her energetic husband start their first flip in Jackson, Tennessee. Surprise structural damage, electrical problems and mold turn a one-month project into a ten-month ordeal. She gets frustrated with his playfulness and questions whether he's taking this flip seriously. As his focus darts, her worry grows, and the end of this project is nowhere in sight.

Sunday
May 19
2:30am | 1:30c
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
May 25
10pm | 9c
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
May 25
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
May 25
11pm | 10c
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
May 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
May 26
1am | 12c
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
May 26
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
May 26
2am | 1c
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
May 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.

Saturday
Jun 1
10pm | 9c
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
Jun 1
10:30pm | 9:30c
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
Jun 1
11pm | 10c
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
Jun 1
11:30pm | 10:30c
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
Jun 2
1am | 12c

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