'Flip or Flop' is Here to Horrify You Into Spring Cleaning

These awesomely bad "befores" from Flip or Flop and its Vegas and Atlanta spin-offs will have you running for disinfectant and trash bags. (Don't worry, we'll show you the "afters," too.)

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Some chores (looking at you, sweeping and mopping) are both important and awfully underwhelming. Though you know you've put elbow grease into cleaning house, your finished space ... kind of looks the way it did before you started. Such is emphatically not the case with the most notorious Flip or Flop makeovers, which seem to involve dumpsters, power washers and exorcists. Consider these Flip or Flop classics — and their brand-new, equally-hair-raising counterparts in Vegas and Atlanta — motivation to keep things squeaky-clean wherever you are.

Not-So-Sweet Dreams

From Flip or Flop

From Flip or Flop

This master bedroom in La Mirada, Calif., has it all: grungy tile, random garbage, broken furniture and a busted window. A little paint and carpet (and a lot of cleaning supplies) make it fit for human habitation once more.

We Didn't Start the Fire

From Flip or Flop

From Flip or Flop

What has inexplicable office furniture, a vandalized television and a big, old pile of dirty clothes? A living room in Corona, Calif., where it probably isn't all that safe to light a match, if we're being honest.

Someone's in the Kitchen...

From Flip or Flop

From Flip or Flop

...with everything they own? Even an awkward fireplace and super-low ceiling fan can't draw the eye from the disturbing junk in this California kitchen.

No Parking

From Flip or Flop Vegas

From Flip or Flop Vegas

In some cases, small changes can make a big difference — such as when you tow a derelict car out of the backyard. This Vegas property, rehabbed by demo expert (and MMA fighter) Bristol Marunde and his design-minded wife, Aubrey, is on its way to greatness once it loses its Grand Theft Auto look.

It's Not Easy Being Green

From Flip or Flop Vegas

From Flip or Flop Vegas

Speaking of Vegas yards, at least the lawn in this one is lush and — wait, that's a swimming pool? We must never speak of this again.

More is More

From Flip or Flop Vegas

From Flip or Flop Vegas

Who knew "grimy minimalism" was a thing? Filth is more than this dilapidated living room's defining feature — it's its sole feature. Thank goodness for staging (and, you know, windows).

Now We're Cooking

From Flip or Flop Atlanta

From Flip or Flop Atlanta

Skanky detritus and dented folding chairs were a big trend in kitchens, to be sure, but this Marietta space benefits more than a little from new cabinetry, appliances and fixtures. Ken and Anita Corsini, rehabbers who flip more than 100 houses in the Atlanta metro area each year, have their work cut out for them, here.

Bath Half-Empty

From Flip or Flop Atlanta

From Flip or Flop Atlanta

The first rule of rehabbing a bathroom that lacks a toilet: Make someone else clean the tub. (And what happened to that plunger? We don't even want to know.)

Where will Flip or Flop clean next? Catch Flip or Flop Vegas on Thursday nights at 9|8c, and stay tuned for the premiere of Flip or Flop Atlanta in June.

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'Flip or Flop' Will Return for Season 7

The rumors are true! Christina and Tarek have started production on all-new episodes of Flip or Flop.

Go Behind the Scenes of Tarek + Christina's Midcentury Flip

A neglected SoCal home becomes a modern masterpiece on Flip or Flop.

'Vintage Flip' is Back for Season Two

Tina and Jessie Rodriguez have great things in store for the new season of their old-home renovation series — and a new addition of their own.

Apparently, Diane Keaton Flips Houses in Her "Spare" Time

She makes movies and flips homes? Dream job!

‘Flip or Flop’ Returns October 15 With 15 New Episodes

Always ready to renovate and flip any run-down house with potential, Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead will buy, rehab and sell more of SoCal’s dilapidated properties in a new season of HGTV’s hugely popular series Flip or Flop.

Coming Soon: 'Flip or Flop' Goes to Atlanta, Texas, Nashville + More

Get the scoop and meet the hosts of the five brand-new Flip or Flop spin-offs coming to HGTV.

Rapid-Fire Questions with 'Flip or Flop'’s Tarek and Christina El Moussa

David Bromstad grills the Flip or Flop stars for an up close and personal Q&A session on set.

‘Flip or Flop’ Is Back August 1 with 18 New Episodes

Season 8 of the O.G. ‘Flip or Flop’ premieres Thursday, Aug 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Soaking in Luxury: Master Bath Flip

With sensuous finishes and custom cabinetry, designer Kerry Fidler remodels a master bath to be as utilitarian as it is indulgent.

Chip and Jo Take It to the Next Level in a New 'Fixer Upper' with Room to Spare

A sizable budget and lofty ambitions allow Joanna and Chip the latitude to work with lots of square footage and create a magnificent dream home for a family of five.

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