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.

Matt and Abby's First Flip

Check out Matt and Abby's story as they flip their first home.

About the show

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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Congratulations on deciding to flip a house, intrepid investor! Now double down on your bright idea by avoiding these rookie blunders.

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Flipping a house is an emotional roller coaster. If you’re thinking about following the lead of Jntuanantapur’s First Time Flippers, here’s what you can expect to experience, from first purchase to final sale.

Season 1, Episode 5

The Family That Flips Together

Jerry has wanted to try his luck at house flipping for years. With his brother in law as his financial backer and his wife and kids as the extra labor forces, he's finally got his chance. This flip is a family affair.

Sunday
May 31
3am | 2c
Season 1, Episode 1

Philadelphia Fixer

Newlyweds Matt and Abby Shepard decided it was time to stop paying rent and start flipping houses. They bought their first project in Manayunk, right outside of Philadelphia, and they plan to live in the home while renovating it. They will attack the kitchen, study, living room, and bathroom, not to mention the front of the house, in an effort to cosmetically address a number of issues and improve the home's curb appeal and overall value. If they can stay under budget, they can make a quick profit that will start their new life together out on the right foot.

Sunday
Mar 13
7am | 6c
Season 2, Episode 10

Underprepared And Overwhelmed

Metahan and Annabelle have decided to flip a house in order to earn some extra money while Annabelle is on maternity leave. Metahan has worked in construction, but most of his work was managerial and took place safely in an office. Annabelle may have over estimated his experience, and the two of them find themselves in potentially dangerous situations throughout their flip. With their lack of experience and two youngsters to take care of, saying these two are overwhelmed is an understatement!

Saturday
Mar 26
8pm | 7c
Season 2, Episode 1

Waterfront Worry

Matt and Amy knew that they wanted to flip a house in the beautiful beach neighborhood of Brick, NJ, but they didn't want to go overboard. They purchased a lovely waterfront home with mostly cosmetic needs. But Matt went off the rails gutting the whole house. Over budget and overwhelmed, Matt's overzealous plans for renovations are driving Amy out of her mind.

Friday
May 13
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 1, Episode 1

Philadelphia Fixer

Newlyweds Matt and Abby Shepard decided it was time to stop paying rent and start flipping houses. They bought their first project in Manayunk, right outside of Philadelphia, and they plan to live in the home while renovating it. They will attack the kitchen, study, living room, and bathroom, not to mention the front of the house, in an effort to cosmetically address a number of issues and improve the home's curb appeal and overall value. If they can stay under budget, they can make a quick profit that will start their new life together out on the right foot.

Sunday
Jun 5
3am | 2c
Season 1, Episode 3

Inspector Havoc

Phil and Sheri bring their energy and funny chemistry to this quaint renovation. Their unconventional methods of mule kicks, chainsaws and designer boots seem to get the job done until an unexpected visitor threatens to put an end to their beginner's luck. Will they finish their first flip or get stuck paying a mortgage they can't afford?

Friday
Jun 10
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 2, Episode 11

Flip School

After meeting in real estate school, Elsie, Derek and Serge decide that they should band together and flip their first house as a team. While they have taken on a huge project, there may be too many cooks in the kitchen with this flip. With conflicting ideas and things like an animal infestation plaguing the renovations, this group is finding that there might not be strength in numbers. All three of these flippers have a stake in this flip and need to learn to work together if they want to make a profit.

Wednesday
Aug 10
9am | 8c
Season 2, Episode 11

Flip School

After meeting in real estate school, Elsie, Derek and Serge decide that they should band together and flip their first house as a team. While they have taken on a huge project, there may be too many cooks in the kitchen with this flip. With conflicting ideas and things like an animal infestation plaguing the renovations, this group is finding that there might not be strength in numbers. All three of these flippers have a stake in this flip and need to learn to work together if they want to make a profit.

Saturday
Oct 22
2:30pm | 1:30c
Season 3, Episode 8

Stilts and Stones May Break the Budget

Husband and wife flipping team, Christine and Greg, decide to flip an enormous house by the beach in southern New Jersey. The flip starts to spiral out of control when Christine's expensive taste interferes with Greg's strict budget.

Saturday
Oct 29
9pm | 8c
Season 3, Episode 6

Abandon Flip!

Former detective turned small-business owner John and his friend Alex purchased a home from the 1970s in the town of North Bergen, New Jersey. Everything in the home needs to be brought up to modern standards. Alex has experience and is more logical in his plans but John is the one paying for renovations and wants to do as much as he can without hiring help. As their timeline stretches, tensions will run high in this flip.

Sunday
Feb 12
1:30am | 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.

Saturday
Feb 18
8pm | 7c
Season 3, Episode 5

High Heels and High Budget

Susan and Rolf are a husband-and-wife flipping team that have found the bargain of a lifetime in one of the country's most expensive zip codes: the Hamptons. The flippers soon find that the amazing location may not be worth all the issues they discover in this rundown home. With problems around every corner and a dwindling budget, Susan and Rolf must rush to finish the house before they completely run out of money.

Wednesday
Apr 12
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 4, Episode 7

Flip Flop Flippin'

Best friends Kim and Ginger are flipping their first house in beautiful Pensacola, Florida. When Ginger becomes concerned about their lack of experience, she and Kim clash over whether they should hire a professional or finish the rest of the renovations on their own.

Saturday
May 13
11:30pm | 10:30c
Season 5, Episode 7

Dubious Flip in DuBois

Brooke and her boyfriend Shawn update an enormous historic home in DuBois, PA. 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
Jun 24
8pm | 7c
Season 5, Episode 10

The Not-So-Handyman

Real estate agent Tabitha enlists her husband, Quincy, to flip a house with her in a quiet suburb outside Atlanta. A self-proclaimed handyman, Quincy is determined to save money by doing all the work himself. But as the flip goes on, Tabitha realizes that Quincy is not as handy as he claims to be, and the quality of the flip starts to suffer from his lack of experience.

Saturday
Jun 24
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 5, Episode 2

Flipping Down the Aisle

Tom and his fiancee, Kerry, are planning their upcoming wedding while flipping their first house, and they may have bitten off more than they can chew. With the flip taking longer than expected and the wedding day quickly approaching, stress gets the best of these flippers when they realize that they're rapidly running out of time.

Saturday
Jun 24
9pm | 8c
Season 5, Episode 13

Slow and Steady Wins the Flip

Young and energetic Jessie teams up with her older family friend Peter to flip a house. The partners start to clash when Jessie suggests that Peter is moving at a slow pace, but Jessie's need for speed may end up hurting the quality of their project.

Saturday
Jun 24
9:30pm | 8:30c
Season 5, Episode 6

Plagued by Permits

A husband and wife's Orange, California, ranch flip starts off strong, but they have serious permit delays that may force them to lower their asking price if they get denied by the city. With numerous delays and possible expansion limitations, they start to realize that their first flip may actually be their worst nightmare.

Saturday
Jun 24
10pm | 9c
Season 5, Episode 9

In The Binder We Trust

Two young actors try to earn extra money by flipping a house in Morrisville, PA. Because of their inexperience, one of them strictly follows instructions she printed from the Internet and compiled into a "construction binder." As the flip goes on, they start to question whether it's better to flip by the book or figure it out on their own.

Saturday
Jun 24
10:30pm | 9:30c
Season 5, Episode 8

Don't Quit On A Sandpit

After quitting his job to focus all of his attention on his first flip, a man and his wife grow concerned about finishing the project on time. While he attempts to complete everything on his own, she's worried his work will cause more damage than he realizes and wants to call in professional help. Will he give in so they can wrap up their first project by their strict deadline?

Saturday
Jun 24
11pm | 10c
Season 5, Episode 3

Stressful St. Paul Flip

A husband and wife buy their neighbor's house to beautify their neighborhood and venture into flipping while staying close to home. But while the flip's location is convenient for the duo, differing work methods leads to stress that threatens to get the best of these flippers.

Saturday
Jun 24
11:30pm | 10:30c
Season 5, Episode 2

Flipping Down the Aisle

Tom and his fiancee, Kerry, are planning their upcoming wedding while flipping their first house, and they may have bitten off more than they can chew. With the flip taking longer than expected and the wedding day quickly approaching, stress gets the best of these flippers when they realize that they're rapidly running out of time.

Sunday
Jun 25
12am | 11c
Season 5, Episode 13

Slow and Steady Wins the Flip

Young and energetic Jessie teams up with her older family friend Peter to flip a house. The partners start to clash when Jessie suggests that Peter is moving at a slow pace, but Jessie's need for speed may end up hurting the quality of their project.

Sunday
Jun 25
12:30am | 11:30c
Season 5, Episode 6

Plagued by Permits

A husband and wife's Orange, California, ranch flip starts off strong, but they have serious permit delays that may force them to lower their asking price if they get denied by the city. With numerous delays and possible expansion limitations, they start to realize that their first flip may actually be their worst nightmare.

Sunday
Jun 25
1am | 12c
Season 5, Episode 9

In The Binder We Trust

Two young actors try to earn extra money by flipping a house in Morrisville, PA. Because of their inexperience, one of them strictly follows instructions she printed from the Internet and compiled into a "construction binder." As the flip goes on, they start to question whether it's better to flip by the book or figure it out on their own.

Sunday
Jun 25
1:30am | 12:30c
Season 5, Episode 8

Don't Quit On A Sandpit

After quitting his job to focus all of his attention on his first flip, a man and his wife grow concerned about finishing the project on time. While he attempts to complete everything on his own, she's worried his work will cause more damage than he realizes and wants to call in professional help. Will he give in so they can wrap up their first project by their strict deadline?

Sunday
Jun 25
2am | 1c

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