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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.

Saturday
Dec 8
9:30pm | 8:30c
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.

Saturday
Dec 8
10pm | 9c
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.

Saturday
Dec 8
10:30pm | 9:30c
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.

Saturday
Dec 8
11pm | 10c
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.

Saturday
Dec 8
11:30pm | 10:30c
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
Dec 9
12am | 11c
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
Dec 9
12:30am | 11:30c
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.

Sunday
Dec 9
1am | 12c
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.

Sunday
Dec 9
1:30am | 12:30c
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.

Sunday
Dec 9
2am | 1c
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
Dec 9
2:30am | 1:30c
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.

Sunday
Dec 9
3am | 2c
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?

Sunday
Dec 9
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 5, Episode 14

Wild in Washington

Husband and wife Scott and Kim flip their first house in Port Orchard, Washington. Although the flippers start the project optimistically, Kim has to take time away from her day job to compensate for Scott's questionable renovation methods. Even with Kim taking charge, however, the duo struggles to finish the flip on time and within their budget.

Saturday
Dec 15
6pm | 5c
Season 5, Episode 12

Father's First Flip

Courtney has enlisted her father, Dennis, to help her flip her first house in Lake Nettle, Ohio. The father-daughter team hopes their flip will bring up property values at their family's beloved vacation retreat, but doing all the renovations themselves proves more challenging than they expected.

Saturday
Dec 15
6:30pm | 5:30c
Season 5, Episode 11

Communication is Turnkey

A young couple flips a house in South Bend, Indiana, and struggles to communicate during the project. He has more experience and gets frustrated with his wife's lack of construction knowledge, while she gets increasingly upset when he fails to explain the renovation projects.

Saturday
Dec 15
7pm | 6c
Season 5, Episode 10

The Not-So-Handyman

Real estate agent Tabitha enlists her husband, Quincy, to flip a house with her in a quiet suburb outside Atlanta. A self-proclaimed handyman, Quincy is determined to save money by doing all the work himself. But as the flip goes on, Tabitha realizes that Quincy is not as handy as he claims to be, and the quality of the flip starts to suffer from his lack of experience.

Saturday
Dec 15
7:30pm | 6:30c
Season 6, Episode 4

Funhouse Flip

Two friends think they have hit the jackpot when they nab a large house in Westport, CT, as their first flip. They soon realize, however, that the house has more quirks than they expected and the seemingly simple flip turns into a nightmare. With their investment on the line, these partners are forced to keep moving on a never-ending flip.

Saturday
Dec 15
8pm | 7c
Season 6, Episode 2

Flue Season

A husband-wife duo flip an oddly shaped lake house in Leitchfield, Kentucky, with a unique history. She has a vision for the house while he has the construction knowledge, but things start to go awry when he gets involved with the design elements.

Saturday
Dec 15
8:30pm | 7:30c
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.

Saturday
Dec 15
9pm | 8c
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
Dec 15
9:30pm | 8:30c
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
Dec 15
10pm | 9c
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
Dec 15
10:30pm | 9:30c
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
Dec 15
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
Dec 15
11:30pm | 10:30c
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
Dec 16
12am | 11c

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