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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 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.

Friday
Feb 21
7:30am | 6:30c
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.

Friday
Feb 21
8am | 7c
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.

Friday
Feb 21
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 4, Episode 6

Nashville Novices

Leland is flipping a house in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, and has asked his parents to help him with the renovations. With Leland splitting his time between his home in California and the flip in Nashville, this family struggles to complete the house on time.

Friday
Feb 21
9am | 8c
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.

Friday
Feb 21
9:30am | 8:30c
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.

Saturday
Feb 22
7am | 6c
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
Feb 22
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.

Saturday
Feb 22
8am | 7c
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
Feb 22
8:30am | 7:30c
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.

Saturday
Feb 22
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.

Saturday
Feb 22
9:30am | 8:30c
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.

Saturday
Feb 22
10am | 9c
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.

Saturday
Feb 22
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 9, Episode 13

Crashing Down in Connecticut

A Connecticut couple's first flip spirals out of control as they go further over budget with every project they tackle. While she struggles to get things back on track, his love of new tools and expensive fixtures constantly interferes.

Saturday
Feb 22
7:30pm | 6:30c
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
Feb 22
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 5, Episode 7

Dubious Flip in DuBois

Brooke and her boyfriend Shawn update an enormous historic home in DuBois, Pennsylvania. However, Brooke's construction inexperience slows down the progress, and the young couple clashes when Shawn keeps reassigning projects to himself to save time.

Saturday
Feb 22
9:30pm | 8:30c
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
Feb 22
10:30pm | 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.

Saturday
Feb 22
11:30pm | 10:30c
Season 5, Episode 7

Dubious Flip in DuBois

Brooke and her boyfriend Shawn update an enormous historic home in DuBois, Pennsylvania. However, Brooke's construction inexperience slows down the progress, and the young couple clashes when Shawn keeps reassigning projects to himself to save time.

Sunday
Feb 23
12:30am | 11:30c
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
Feb 23
1:30am | 12:30c
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.

Sunday
Feb 23
2:30am | 1:30c
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
Feb 23
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 3, Episode 1

Her Way or The Highway

Monica and Whit put their relationship to the test as they flip their first house. Monica has worked on her own home and believes that she knows everything about construction. Her partner Whit thinks she might be making things more difficult than they need to be, but what Monica wants, Monica gets.

Thursday
Feb 27
1pm | 12c
Season 3, Episode 2

Father Flips Best

A young, aspiring house flipper, Becky, partners up with her father to flip a house in Dundalk, Maryland. Perry wants to teach Becky all the ins and outs of home renovation, while Becky, on the other hand, wants to finish this flip as soon as possible. While the flip starts off smoothly, Becky soon realizes that she may be in for way more father-daughter bonding time than she can handle.

Thursday
Feb 27
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 4, Episode 5

Dancing on the Drop Ceiling

When Daniel accidentally wins a dilapidated house in an auction, he and his pregnant wife, Katie, must rush to finish the house before their baby's due date. With multiple delays and a serious lack of experience, the chances of these flippers finishing before their baby arrives gets slimmer and slimmer as the days progress.

Thursday
Feb 27
2pm | 1c
Season 3, Episode 4

Hole Budget

Samm and her husband, Chris, have always loved doing DIY projects on their own home, so they decided to flip a house in Dallas. They were able to find a condo instead and thought starting smaller would be a good idea. While the square footage may be less, this condo hasn't been touched since 1970 and everything needs to be updated. Troubles with the HOA and disagreements over their budget may make this first flip a flop.

Thursday
Feb 27
2:30pm | 1:30c

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