Dos and Don'ts From Real-Life First-Time Flippers

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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 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Two cousins flipping a funky, outdated house in Chicago find themselves tearing it back to its original structure.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
Mar 22
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 10, Episode 2

School House Rocked

A couple is forced to spend half their budget and timeline fixing structural issues on a house she chose in Clyde, NC. He wants to bring in professionals to finish the job, but she's desperate to stay on budget and do the work themselves.

Sunday
Mar 22
9am | 8c
Season 10, Episode 3

Measure of Skill

A couple flips a home in College Park, GA, and thinks the hard part is over because the interior demo is complete. However, when their first project goes awry and their timeline is busted by permit delays, they worry the flip is nothing but a money pit.

Sunday
Mar 22
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 6, Episode 3

Another Brick in the Flip

A couple decides to flip an old farmhouse in North Carolina, but the two soon realize they may have taken on more than they can handle. With time running out, they worry that if they don't bust their budget and hire professional help, their flip will never end.

Saturday
Apr 25
7am | 6c
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
Apr 25
7:30am | 6:30c
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
Apr 25
8am | 7c
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.

Saturday
Apr 25
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 9, Episode 3

Shock and Awe

Despite their lack of knowledge, a married couple takes on an enormous house in Rohnert Park, CA, for their first flip. His reckless approach might be worse than their inexperience, leaving her worried it could cost them in the end.

Saturday
Apr 25
9am | 8c
Season 15, Episode 6

Funniest Flippers

From non-stop questions to incorrect use of tools, flippers find themselves in some seriously funny situations. They experience trials, tribulations and hilarious moments during their renovations.

Saturday
Apr 25
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 10, Episode 1

Jokin' Around in Georgia

A married couple flips their first home in Locust Grove, GA. He has construction experience, but the flip becomes harder than expected when she gets easily distracted, threatening their ability to finish the project on time.

Tuesday
Jun 9
7am | 6c
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.

Tuesday
Jun 9
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 2, Episode 5

DIY or DIE

Megan and Sarah run a DIY blog and workshop in Beacon, NY, but they've decided to take their projects to the next level: flipping a house! They may have an eye for design, but they have a lot to learn about construction. With the occasional injury and focus on cosmetic projects, the friends struggle to complete their renovations on time and anywhere near budget.

Tuesday
Jun 9
8am | 7c
Season 15, Episode 3

Best Flip Ever

With plenty of preparation, smart design choices and a little hard work, savvy flippers who know what buyers want create stunning homes by making dynamic and jaw-dropping renovations.

Tuesday
Jun 9
8:30am | 7:30c
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.

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 9

Measurable Misfortune

A pair of passionate, yet inexperienced flippers face constant setbacks due to endless measuring mishaps in Phoenix. Even with their combination of brains and brawn, they can’t seem to complete a project without struggling to get it right the first time. After both their framing and French door installation projects go awry, the flippers find themselves at odds with each other as they struggle to stay on their projected timeline.

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

Measurable Misfortune

A pair of passionate, yet inexperienced flippers face constant setbacks due to endless measuring mishaps in Phoenix. Even with their combination of brains and brawn, they can’t seem to complete a project without struggling to get it right the first time. After both their framing and French door installation projects go awry, the flippers find themselves at odds with each other as they struggle to stay on their projected timeline.

Saturday
Aug 1
10am | 9c
Season 9, Episode 10

Termite Turmoil

A couple are flipping their first house in Pasadena, California, but while she has a lot to learn, nothing slows them down like the house itself. From asbestos removal to termite treatment, they take hit after hit.

Saturday
Aug 1
10:30am | 9:30c
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
11am | 10c
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
11:30am | 10:30c
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

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