Flip That House

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Property renovation show is tame enough for kids.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

While there's some discussion of profit, most of the focus is on the restoration process. Most of the featured house flippers are men. Many of the construction teams at the sites are Latino.

Violence & Scariness

Brief mentions of natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this reality series -- which follows homeowners as they renovate old and/or damaged homes in order to resell them for profit -- is tame enough for tweens. That said, kids probably won't be that interested in watching unless they're interested in learning about construction or home improvement projects. There's some discussion of making money, though the main focus is on restoration work. And there are some brief mentions of natural disasters (like flood water marks on a New Orleans home), but not enough to be upsetting.

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What's the story?

FLIP THAT HOUSE follows homeowners who have bought houses at a discount with the goal of "flipping" them -- in other words, quickly restoring and updating them and then reselling them for a profit. From Louisiana to California, old and/or damaged homes are transformed as hardware is stripped, fixtures are changed, interiors are updated, and walls are painted. Once the house is successfully flipped, a real-estate agent weighs in with an expert opinion about an estimated resale price.

Is it any good?

The home flippers act as the show's hosts as they take viewers through the restoration process. The house designers and real estate agents who work with them also offer advice on what will make the home more appealing to a potential buyer. But despite their best-laid plans and months of hard work, many of the homeowners suffer unexpected setbacks that can ultimately cut into their profit margins, including shipment delays, unexpected repairs, and a sagging real estate market.

Flip That House is more educational than entertaining, with each house flipper revealing how much they paid for the home, how much they're investing in the renovations, and, in the end, how much profit they made (or hope to potentially make once the house sells). But perhaps the most important lesson it offers potential home buyers is that while flipping a home can be a good investment, it's not always as easy or simple as it looks.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the trend of "home makeover" shows. Why are these shows so popular? Are they supposed to be entertaining or informative? Families can also discuss what goes into flipping a home. Can just anybody do it? What kind of expertise do you need to "flip" a house? What happens if the flip isn't successful?

TV details

  • Premiere date: July 14, 2005
  • Cast: Cam Clarke
  • Network: TLC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-G
  • Available on: Streaming

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