Here's Why You Shouldn't Try Flipping Houses After Watching Too Much HGTV

There is a lot of dirt swept under the rug when it comes to television shows about flipping houses. While these shows on channels like HGTV and the DIY Network are some of the most watchable reality TV programs, clever editing means the "true" stories aren't always what they seem. As a result, any people have been lured into the house flipping game with the promise of quick turnaround times and huge profits, only to lose their life savings.

It can be tricky to figure out fact versus fiction when it comes to house flipping shows. Some seem to realistically portray the hardships of home renovation more than others, but who can you trust? Turns out almost no one — both HGTV and the DIY Network hugely misrepresent what it's like to flip a home.

The amount of work and skill that goes into finding a house to flip, renovating the property, and selling it for a profit is constantly underplayed in shows like Flip or Flop and Masters of Flip, where production teams and movie magic make the process look like a simple. The reality is much harder.