5 of the Best 'First Time Flippers' Couples
Shine on, you crazy diamonds.
It takes a special kind of person to decide to invest themselves (and their savings ... and their relationship) in a new business venture, and it takes an extra-special kind of person to let a television crew follow them around as they find out just what that decision means. The kind of person who does so in a way we’re still thinking about, long after the credits roll on their First Time Flippers adventure? That’s these folks, and this is a tribute to them and their everlasting love.
Chris and Rachel (Til’ Tile Do Us Part)
Chris proposed to Rachel a month before work began on their first-time flip in St. Louis. Twelve kilometers outside of Moscow, Leo Tolstoy is rolling in his grave, for the high drama of planning demolition and construction while planning a wedding makes War and Peace look like See Spot Run. This plot has more potential intrigue than a Russian novel. Brave young lovers, we salute you (and Chris’s ex-wife, who showed up to keep an eye on things at her son’s father’s new business venture)!
The road to victory is not a smooth one—and the marble that seemed like a win reveals itself to be quite the opposite—but Chris is a mason by trade, and well accustomed to turning in solid work. The tile they eventually settle with in the downstairs bathroom is beloved (and remarked upon) by all, the home receives an offer that yields a healthy profit, and Chris and Rachel might even flip another property before their wedding. So concludes the first chapter of an epic.
Phil and Sheri (Inspector Havoc)
New Jersey neophyte flippers Phil and Sheri are unquestionably a show biz team (or perhaps Chaos Muppets): He owns gyms, she dresses hair, and they are ready for the spotlight. They delight in every circus-style prop that comes their way, from sledgehammers to chainsaws to...is that a load-bearing wall that could flatten the whole place like a house of cards? “We’d better run, ‘cause this place is comin’ down,” Phil notes with a worrisome lack of worry in his voice.
It seems clear that these two consider their project an obscure personal form of CrossFit, which is an admirable way to whistle while you work, but an inspector shuts them down for working without a net, er, permit. The show goes on once they get one, though, and they end up loving their venue so much that they decide to live in it themselves. (We suspect they’re still kicking walls in there now.)
Susan and Rolf (High Heels and High Budget)
Never judge a book by its cover … or its footwear. Wall Street guy Rolf and his fashion-forward wife, Susan, find the deal of a lifetime in the Hamptons, one of the priciest zip codes in the country, and embark on a year-long journey to turn it for a huge profit. But before they can start demo, Susan insists on clearing the house of any negative energy — which mostly works, if you consider the abundance of laughs and crafty workarounds this pair share along the way. Saging > staging!
The two manage to pull down a stubborn tree using an extension cord, dismantle some framing with the heel of a boot and even move an entire staircase on their own. They had yet to receive an offer by the end of the open house, but, more importantly, Susan got to fulfill a life-long dream of (kind of) operating a “tractor” (a digger)!
Maria and Randy...and Dwayne (Bayou Buyin’)
Randy’s love for Maria’s crazy is a beautiful thing—and a lucky thing, since the deeply scary Louisiana flip she’s purchased for $35K is her craziest decision yet, as he puts it. Randy is just as happy to inhale decades of interior mold and watch Maria sort of demolish a shed as he is to share slices of king cake with her on a decrepit back porch, and there is much we can all learn from that. He seems slightly less happy about hiring Maria’s contractor ex, Dwayne, to help, but to his credit, he’s a gentleman about that as well.
Dwayne makes a mistake that costs them time, and while it’s entirely possible that a huge scrap took place off-camera, Maria, Randy, and Dwayne all seem comfortable at the end of the day. Then...Dwayne comes back and organizes a fish fry to apologize? “Dwayne, you can mess up anytime around here, man.” The South is a spectacular mystery.
Daniel and Katie (Dancing on the Drop Ceiling)
Expectant Cincinnati mom Katie isn’t the only member of her household experiencing incontinence related to an impending arrival: Her husband Daniel made a spur-of-the-moment $8,000 bid on a flip and ended up owning it. Houses in the neighborhood can be worth almost ten times what Daniel paid, but he and Katie have three kids to wrangle, another arriving in three months, and a project that needs a lot of TLC. Are they time travelers? Wizards, perhaps?
Katie, a total boss, announces that it satisfies her to demolish things. She informs us that her husband is a dreamer, and while that gives her concerns about their timeline, she keeps her cool. “This is marriage.” When all is said and done, Katie and Daniel are full of praise for one another, their house is charming, and they receive a $100,000 offer (which they turn down after deciding to rent the place instead). Guys, please hold seminars and/or be our friends.
First Time Flippers airs Saturdays at 9|8c on DIY Network.