House Flipping Television Shows


Lisa Alioto

04 October 2020 24 comments

What is our fascination with them?  There are house flipping shows from a wide variety of locations and even a “zombie” house flipping show.   We just can’t seem to get enough of them.

Is it watching the demolition of a house that helps us virtually release pent up frustration?  Is it watching a house go from a disaster to a dream house that gives us hope in general?  What is it about these shows that has made them so popular that we are seeing more and more of them on television?

The Disasters

Let’s face it – it does make us feel a bit better about our own homes when we see the mess that some of these homes are in.   Some of them are disasters right down to the foundation while others are more cosmetic disasters.  Whatever the state, it’s fun to watch a house get torn down and brought back to life.

The Adventure

There’s a sense of adventure in these shows.  As each episode progresses you never know what might be discovered. Is the foundation rotted out?  Does the house have termites?   Does it get vandalized mid-rehab?   You just never know what’s going to happen next on these shows.  My favorite is when they find a hidden safe in one of the houses they are renovating.  Cracking into that safe is always a surprise though I must admit none have yielded anything of value yet.

The Hope

No matter what our house looks like right now, it’s never nearly as bad as the ones on these shows.  And there’s something uplifting about that.  We take a sense of pride on our belongings and that includes where we live.

The Ideas

Perhaps most of all, it gives us ideas for what our homes could be with a little work here or there.   They make it look so easy (it clearly is not, but let’s enjoy the fantasy!).  If they can take a home that is a disaster and make it a dream home, just think what we could do with our nice homes… It’s a great thing to ponder!

Do you Watch House Flipping Shows?

Why do you enjoy them?   What entices you to watch them?  Do you get ideas for your own home from them or is watching them more for pure entertainment

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24 thoughts on “House Flipping Television Shows

  1. I like to watch them for ideas in my own home! I will be buying my first in a few months and I like to find inspiration for decor and design.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      That’s a great idea Alyssa – they are wonderful for that!

  2. I enjoyed this post! I don’t watch these shows a lot, but I have watched them. Your post gives me a new outlook toward this type of show. 🙂

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I’m glad Sharon – they are great entertainment as well as educational!

  3. My husband and I love all things real estate, we’re definitely going to check these shows out! Thanks for posting them!
    -Mariah | Family Fruition

  4. Lisa Alioto

    You are welcome – enjoy!

  5. Loved this post, I’m a sucker for house flipping emission !

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I am too – I definitely binge these shows!

  6. I didn’t know that such shows exist? Since I have never seen such a show in India though! Enjoyed reading this post and would be a fun to watch if I come across one in the future!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I hope you get the chance Nisha! They are a great watch!

  7. I think it’s because the shows make it look easy and because they go by so quickly. Compressing months of work into 30 minutes or an hour make it look simple!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      That is a very good point Iris!

  8. I sometimes watch them for inspiration and ideas for my own home. However, I don’t really watch them very often – although my family do!

  9. Lisa Alioto

    I guilty of watching them way too often (even right now) :-)!

  10. It all depends on who’s hosting the show, but I can definitely get down with some house flipping shows!

  11. I love watching them for inspiration for my first house that I’m (hopefully!) buying next year!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Congratulations on your upcoming new house Krista!

  12. Well great post
    Learnt some take away from here

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Excellent – glad you enjoyed it Emmydaz!

  13. I think they are interesting to watch simply because they give me ideas for my own home… but unlike those shows, I usually get to make one small change at a time instead of a large overhaul! I think there is definitely a “daydream factor,” because most of us would love to have a crew make DIY ideas happen and do it quickly 🙂

    1. Lisa Alioto

      You are so right Sarah – I would love to have a crew come in and do what seems so easy to them but impossible for me to do!

  14. I love to see different people’s ideas, especially the slightly unusual ones!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Me too – the designers are always so inventive!

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