What TV shows can I watch to learn about fixing and flipping houses?

We’ve all been there. It’s Friday night, but you’re too tired from work to dress up for a night
out. All you want is to put on your PJs, order in a pizza, and veg out to some Netflix. Is this a
waste of time? It doesn’t have to be. Use that couch potato spirit to trick your brain into
learning about flipping houses. Here are our top five fun and informative house fixing and
flipping shows:


1. “This Old House” – PBS

Though this show has been around for about 30 years, I first found this show as I was putzing
around on Youtube. The premise is pretty simple – a few guys doing home improvement
projects and explaining how to fix broken or improve old things around the house. Some of
their solutions were pretty creative, and I figured it would be helpful to know how to fix that
broken toilet someday when I become a homeowner. And that old, beat-up looking front yard.
And that noisy, clunky air-conditioner unit. And…you get the picture.

 

2. “Fixer Upper” – HGTV

Chip and Joanna Gaines! This dynamic couple first entered my life a few years ago at a job
where the breakroom TV alternated between Home and Garden TV (HGTV) and the Game Show
Network (there are some pretty weird games out there…but it was still fun to imagine myself
on them winning lots of money). Unfortunately, “Fixer Upper” aired its last episode recently,
but you can still find old episodes on HGTV.com. Chip does the construction, Joanna does the
decorating, and gosh if their final products don’t look amazing.

 

3. “Property Brothers” – HGTV

I have a brother, and I’ve sometimes wondered what it would be like to work with him. If we
ever do, I hope our relationship is like that of Drew and Jonathan Scott. Drew is the real-estate
genius, while Jonathan is the contracting guru. With their powers combined, they are a
powerhouse in the home-flipping business. Watch these masters to learn all about what kinds
of houses have fix-n-flip potential and how much you should expect to pay for your own future
projects.

 

4. “Homemade Modern” – YouTube

Someone once jokingly told me that you can do any DIY project at home for free…as long as you
have $10,000 worth of equipment! Sad but true. DIY projects are still fun to watch other people
do, though, and Benjamin Uyeda is no exception. You can check out his videos on YouTube as well
as his project designs on Instagram. Will I ever make a concrete kitchen counter using Legos? Probably not.
Can I still dream about it? You bet.


5. “Design on a Dime” – HGTV

Growing up, Aladdin was one of my favorite movies. If only I had a genie! What I wouldn’t wish
for…

But it wasn’t until I actually read Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves that I learned that money
doesn’t grow on trees. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t be creative and live in a
nicely-decorated place. Casey Noble and her team of specialists show you how a room can be
completely done over for $2,500 or less. I haven’t had a chance to watch this one myself, but it
comes pretty highly recommended especially for those who are trying to do a home makeover
on a tight budget.

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