Flipping Expert Cherie Barber + the Art of the 'Five Day Flip'

Home renovation expert Cherie Barber says she can take an old, ugly or distressed home, turn it into something beautiful and get it back on the market in just five days. And then she does.

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Meet Cherie

HGTV's new series Five Day Flip follows Australian born property-flipping guru Cherie Barber as she seeks out older, dated-looking and period homes, makes strategic purchases and then descends upon them with a crack team of renovation pros who know how to get things done in a short amount of time. Very short. 

Professional house flipper and host of HGTV's Five Day Flip, Cherie Barber

Professional house flipper and host of HGTV's Five Day Flip, Cherie Barber

Cherie's home transformations restore original charm to old homes, uncover lost architectural details and turn former neighborhood eyesores into properties that may well start bidding wars. Her key talents include knowing the local market, understanding profit margins and return-on-investment, sniffing out warning signs that are potential deal killers and, perhaps most importantly, recognizing hidden potential in distressed looking homes that may be lost on the casual observer. To use the stock cliche, she can spot a diamond in the rough. Case in point, the renovation featured in the pilot episode of the new series. 

19th Century Home, Meet the 21st Century

BEFORE

BEFORE

Built in 1849, this house is actually the oldest home in its historic neighborhood – the Summit Hill area near downtown St. Paul, MN. The exterior was in reasonably good shape but, prior to the renovation, was rather plain, had a few rough edges and was generally lacking in visual appeal.

Outside improvements were simple and straightforward but visually dramatic. Red shutters and wooden corbels, a new treatment for the columns and front stairs, flower boxes and some general sprucing of the exterior up go a long way toward making this an eye-catching property for potential buyers. Cherie described the exterior improvements as little tweaks and decorative elements that made a world of difference for the façade.

Living Room, BEFORE

Living Room, BEFORE

On the inside, Cherie and her team completely gutted and remodeled a kitchen and two baths, then added custom touches to other rooms. The living room was in good shape and had attractive hardwood floors, so some simple cosmetic improvements would prove adequate.

Living Room, AFTER

Living Room, AFTER

The remodeled living room features new recessed lighting, fresh white paint for the stairs and railing and some smart staging to help entice potential buyers.

Kitchen, BEFORE

Kitchen, BEFORE

The kitchen required a thorough upgrade to ensure good marketability for the home. Prior to the renovation, it had outdated cabinetry and appliances. Linoleum had been installed over the original hardwood floors.

Kitchen, AFTER

Kitchen, AFTER

New appliances, lighting and cabinetry, along with a well selected color palette and newly revived hardwood floors, make the kitchen a showplace that blends classic and contemporary elements.

So What About the Numbers? 

The list price for this house was $210,000. Cherie was able to negotiate a purchase price of $189,000 and the renovation costs totaled $60,200 – for a total outlay of just over $249,000. After the renovation, Cherie offered the house at a new listing price of $339,000 – for a potential profit of almost $90,000. At the open house she received several offers and, after a small bidding war, the house sold for more than the listing price at $342,000. Cherie's profits after renovation and closing costs: $85,000.

Credentials and Credo

Cherie Barber

Cherie Barber

Cherie flipped her first house at age 22 and has now renovated and flipped more than 50 properties, consistently turning profits well into six figures for individual ventures. She has a no-nonsense and methodical approach to renovation and quick turnaround that she's fine-tuned with a core emphasis on adding maximum value at low cost.  "In the house flipping business," says Barber, "time is money. The longer you own it, the more cash you're shelling out. My specialty is taking that dated looking property and turning it into the most beautiful house on the block – without wasting time or money. For me it's all about those budget-friendly projects that create a huge transformation for the next buyer."

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Meet Cherie Barber

Australia native Cherie Barber flipped her first house at age 22 and has since fine-tuned her skills with more than a decade of experience in renovation and real estate.

Meet Cherie Barber

Cherie seeks out neglected and distressed homes with potential – some of which may have been on the market for weeks or months – and transforms them into sought after properties with loads of curb appeal. 

Meet Cherie Barber

In this project, Cherie and her team completely gut and remodel a kitchen and two baths, add custom touches to other rooms and dress up the exterior.

Meet Cherie Barber

The home's exterior is given a quick but dramatic makeover that's certain to attract buyers and help turn a substantial profit.

Meet Cherie Barber

With well honed renovation expertise, not to mention confidence and energy to spare, Cherie is determined that she and her team can achieve dramatic and hiqh-quality home transformations in just five days. Think she can do it? Watch Five Day Flip and see for yourself.

BEFORE

This house built in 1849 is actually the oldest home in its historic neighborhood. It's in reasonably good shape but, prior to the renovation, was rather plain, had a few rough edges and was generally lacking in visual appeal.

AFTER

Red shutters and wooden corbels, a new treatment for the columns and front stairs, flower boxes and and some general sprucing of the exterior up go a long way toward making this an eye-catching property for potential buyers.

Living Room, BEFORE

The living room was in good shape, with attractive hardwood floors, so some simple cosmetic improvements would prove adequate for this space.

Living Room, AFTER

The remodeled living room features new recessed lighting, fresh white paint for the stairs and railing and some smart staging to broaden the appeal for potential buyers.

Living Room, BEFORE

Living Room, AFTER

Dining Room, BEFORE

Like the living area, the dining room had well maintained hardwood floors and was generally in good shape, but it was in need of fresh paint and some updated lighting and window treatments.

Dining Room, AFTER

Soft gray-green wall paint offset by white trim and updated lighting make for a dramatic difference in the updated dining room

Kitchen, BEFORE

Prior to the renovation, the kitchen had outdated appliances and linoleum flooring covering original hardwood floors.

Kitchen, AFTER

New appliances, lighting and cabinetry, along with a well selected color palette and newly revived hardwood floors, make the kitchen a showplace.

Master Bedroom, BEFORE

The master bedroom was spacious, but the wood flooring was in rough shape.

Master Bedroom, AFTER

Second Bedroom, BEFORE

Second Bedroom, AFTER

The exposed brick of an existing chimney, discovered during the renovation, becomes a highlight feature in the guest bedroom.

Downstairs Bath, BEFORE

The downstairs bath, just off the kitchen, had dated tile floors and shower, and was painted in a rather intense neon blue.

Downstairs Bath, AFTER

A more subdued choice of wall color, gray slate floor tiles, and a reworked shower with subway tile and glass doors add up to an impressive bathroom transformation. 

Fashionably Accessorized

With work gloves donned and tool belt at the ready, Cherie is ready and eager to take on her next Five Day Flip.

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