10 Signs You’re Ready for Your First Flip

DIY Network's Texas Flip N Move might look like a weekly renovation competition, but it's clearly one big "DO try this at home" moment after another...right?

The teams of property pros that pit themselves against each other on Texas Flip N Move make their work look easy: They make nearly-blind buys on bargain-basement properties—sometimes for as little as $350—then load those structures up, haul them away for extreme makeovers and sell them off at auction with a couple of zeroes added to their price tags. Those rust-to-riches transformations invite a rather obvious question: What if their work is that easy? What if flipping shows are the program-length equivalent of YouTube do-it-yourself videos? If you’ve had realizations like these, the universe just might be telling you it’s time for the mother of all weekend projects.

You’re Not Afraid of Nail Guns

Those neighbors-turned-helpers who leap and shriek when they pull the trigger on a nail gun for the first time? So not you: You’d be smooth like Brooke Collins, the do-it-all designer for Gary’s Girls.

You Enjoy Breaking Things

Why squeeze a stress ball or punish a punching bag when you could make like Brooke and take down a wall? Everyone knows open floor plans are the key to flipping for big bucks.

You Know an Ugly Kitchen When You See One

How much more appealing would a space like this be when you’re done with it? So much more appealing. How is it that someone hasn’t already pulled the trigger on this place?

This is Just the Spark Your Relationship Needs

Have you seen the lovey-dovey looks of triumph on flipping couples’ faces after their properties sell? Adventures like ripping up cement foundations to replace ancient plumbing and having to cut corners to make room in the budget for a last-minute new roof invariably bring them closer together.

Going into Business with Your Friends Sounds Fun

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Group vacations are so touristy, so temporary. It’d be much more meaningful to pool your savings on a rookie real estate deal—who’s ready to make some memories? (Gary’s Girls are pros who’ve done this many times before, but let’s focus on the bonding rather than splitting hairs.)

There’s Nowhere to Go but Up

The beauty of a real dump—like this “before” from Texas Flip N Move—is that no mistake on your part could possibly make things worse. Right?

You’ve Learned from Others’ Mistakes

Randy and Barry screwed up and broke a window at this White Settlement place—voilà, a “don’t” you’ll avoid on your flip. Knowing, as the characters on G.I. Joe would say, is half the battle.

You’re Really Good at Staging

The actual construction work can be a learn-as-you-go kind of thing. You’re so far ahead of the game that you know which linens and tchotchkes will your property pop: As the pros say, knickknacks sell houses.

You’ve Been Drawing Houses Since You Were a Kid

Spooky career foreshadowing, no? Catrina’s a full-fledged contractor, and you can definitely handle a sketch like hers.

You Have a Vision

As proponents of The Secret believe, whatever we focus on is attracted to us. Direct your thoughts at what you want to accomplish, and you send a message to the universal consciousness to send those results your way. The nuts and bolts of the process (not unlike the nuts and bolts you’ll find yourself rooting for at midnight at the hardware store) aren’t important. Aim conviction and aspiration at spaces like these, and they’ll basically finish themselves.

Think you might prefer just a bit more pro inspiration before you throw your hardhat (or cowboy hat) in the ring? Tune in for new episodes of Texas Flip N Move on DIY Network Friday nights at 9|8c.

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