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

Flipping a house can't be that difficult...right? Famous last words. See how these buyers dealt with unexpected problems and learn from their mistakes and triumphs.

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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 6, Episode 1

Home Is Where the Hearth Is

A couple decides to flip a house they have admired for years in Henderson, TX. But, when their timeline extends beyond their expectations, they are forced to move into the active renovation site in order to keep things moving and cut costs.

Monday
Nov 12
8:30am | 7:30c
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.

Monday
Nov 12
9am | 8c
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.

Monday
Nov 12
9:30am | 8:30c
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.

Monday
Nov 12
10am | 9c
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.

Monday
Nov 12
10:30am | 9:30c
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.

Monday
Nov 12
11am | 10c
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.

Monday
Nov 12
11:30am | 10:30c
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?

Monday
Nov 12
12pm | 11c
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.

Monday
Nov 12
12:30pm | 11:30c
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.

Monday
Nov 12
1pm | 12c
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.

Monday
Nov 12
1:30pm | 12:30c
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.

Monday
Nov 12
2pm | 1c
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.

Monday
Nov 12
2:30pm | 1:30c
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
Nov 17
8pm | 7c
Season 8, Episode 5

Batter Up!

A SWAT expert breaks out the force's battering ram for his and his girlfriend's first flip in West Palm Beach, Florida. They're off to a great start with the big guns, but it's the small tools that give them the most trouble. Poor measurements lead to wasted time on simple projects, threatening their tight schedule.

Saturday
Nov 17
8:30pm | 7:30c
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
Nov 17
9pm | 8c
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
Nov 17
9:30pm | 8:30c
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
Nov 17
10pm | 9c
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
Nov 17
10:30pm | 9:30c
Season 8, Episode 3

A Rotten Flip

A young couple discovers pest damage while flipping a four-bedroom bungalow in the seaside town of Newport, North Carolina. Fixing the rot is a major hit to their budget and adds to their never-ending list of projects. These flippers must split up the work if they are ever going to finish, but that's easier said than done.

Saturday
Nov 17
11pm | 10c
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
Nov 17
11:30pm | 10:30c
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.

Sunday
Nov 18
12am | 11c
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
Nov 18
12:30am | 11:30c
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.

Sunday
Nov 18
1am | 12c
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
Nov 18
1:30am | 12:30c
Season 8, Episode 3

A Rotten Flip

A young couple discovers pest damage while flipping a four-bedroom bungalow in the seaside town of Newport, North Carolina. Fixing the rot is a major hit to their budget and adds to their never-ending list of projects. These flippers must split up the work if they are ever going to finish, but that's easier said than done.

Sunday
Nov 18
2am | 1c

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