The adventure begins as friends Sandy Niemczak and Maryse Derouin introduce themselves and their families, while explaining their desire to buy, renovate, and sell a house for fun and profit. With financing from Maryse’s dad, the house hunt begins. But will the slow housing market and 14 feet of snow stop this project before it even gets started?
After months of searching and disappointments, Sandy and Maryse finally find the house where they’ll be hanging their hats for the next couple of months. The renovations begin, but come to a quick stop when the ladies take a road trip to Sandy’s hometown to see her dad the day before he goes into the hospital for surgery. A tearful father-daughter reunion leads to a sentimental walk down memory lane as Sandy shows Maryse around her old stomping grounds.
Sandy and Maryse begin demolition in the kitchen and basement and are joined by their kids for some smash-and-bash action. Everyone gets a chance to weigh in with their opinions of the house, but the one opinion Maryse is most concerned about is her father’s. Since he put up all the money for this project, what will he think when he sees his investment for the first time?
The ladies are on the move as their house flip project progresses: finishing demolition, saying goodbye to their dumpster, visiting their neighbor, car swapping, booking tradespeople, and getting covered in topsoil. After a busy week Maryse decides she needs a break. But, she’s still on the move – she’s just taking it out onto the dance floor! While Maryse enjoys a girls’ night out at a blues bar, Sandy spends a quiet night at home with her family.
Sandy and Maryse may be doing physical labour in their house renovations, but they still have the tough full-time jobs of being moms. The struggle to balance both responsibilities begins to take it toll on the ladies. As they attempt to work on their bathroom floor tiling and toilet installation, an endless stream of telephone calls and visits from their kids create a series of interruptions that causes temperatures to rise on an already hot day.
It’s the little things that mean a lot, as Sandy and Maryse find out with their large to-do list for their house flip. The ladies are starting to see their dream become a reality as a series of small projects, most involving painting, have a big impact on the house. Along the way, Maryse hosts a pool party for her family and Sandy spends her free time with her sons and husband at the lacrosse arena.
Sandy and Maryse suffer some scheduling setbacks as the speaker system installation takes twice as long as should and the kitchen cabinets arrive damaged and missing installation instructions. As if that wasn’t enough cause for worry, Maryse has to find the time to get away from the house to plan Sandy’s surprise fortieth birthday party. Will she be able to do it without Sandy getting suspicious?
The pressure is on as Sandy and Maryse try to get the house ready for the floor refinishing. They have three days and they still have to finish installing the kitchen cabinets, get the bathtub re-glazed, install the bathroom vanity, and clear everything off the floors. But the vanity won’t cooperate and the ladies decide to add a new handrail in the stairway. Adding more work just before the floors are about to get refinished is probably not the smartest move. Will they be ready when the floor refinishers knock on the door?
The floor refinishing keeps Sandy and Maryse away from the house for four days. They use this time to focus on themselves instead of the house by getting pampered with mini-makeovers. They return to the house to find stunning hardwood floors that have been refinished to perfection. But there’s no time to dwell – it’s only six days before the open house. Their real estate agent, Mike Robinson, visits to help them set a price for the house. Then it’s all hands on deck when Sandy and Maryse recruit their families to help them reach their open house deadline.
With the listing posted and the open house coming up in a few days Sandy and Maryse scramble to put the finishing touches on it before they let in the buyers. They decide to fully stage the home in the hopes that it will sell faster. But, will they get an offer right away? Will they get their asking price? Will they even sell the house? The pressures are enormous and magnified even more when there is no word from any potential buyers after their first open house. After many stressful weeks, an offer finally comes through and the ladies accept it. It’s an emotional farewell after the ladies lock the doors for the last time and say “goodbye” to their old friend.