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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 7, Episode 13

Besties on a Budget

Two best friends flipping a house in Amherst, NY, struggle to complete renovation projects themselves due to lack of experience. Failed project after failed project leaves one looking to the pros. The other, however, begins looking to the numbers in search of a cheaper way.

Sunday
Oct 14
3am | 2c
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
Oct 14
3:30am | 2:30c
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.

Monday
Oct 15
8:30am | 7:30c
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.

Monday
Oct 15
9am | 8c
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
Oct 15
9:30am | 8:30c
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.

Monday
Oct 15
10am | 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.

Monday
Oct 15
10:30am | 9:30c
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.

Monday
Oct 15
11am | 10c
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
Oct 15
11:30am | 10:30c
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.

Saturday
Oct 20
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
Oct 20
11:30pm | 10:30c
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.

Sunday
Oct 21
2am | 1c
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
Oct 21
2:30am | 1:30c
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.

Saturday
Oct 27
5pm | 4c
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
Oct 27
5:30pm | 4:30c
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.

Saturday
Oct 27
6pm | 5c
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
Oct 27
6:30pm | 5:30c
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
Oct 27
7pm | 6c
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
Oct 27
7:30pm | 6:30c
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
Oct 27
8pm | 7c
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
Oct 27
8:30pm | 7:30c
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
Oct 27
11pm | 10c
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
Oct 27
11:30pm | 10:30c
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
Oct 28
2am | 1c
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
Oct 28
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.

Sunday
Oct 28
3am | 2c

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