42 Wexford St – Finished and Staged, plus changes coming to the Blog….

So it’s been just about a year since I set this blog up (April 6th was my first post) and I could never have imagined just how many deals we’d be doing, and how much this blog would grow. To be honest, I had no clue what I was doing when I set this up…. I just used your basic WordPress hosted site and started writing and posting pictures of our various deals. Well, here it is one year later, we’ve built a Flipping Machine, and now I’m looking to build a little nicer website, but there are some serious limitations to using a basic WordPress hosted site…. so the plan is to move the blog over to private hosting and set up a more customized site that offers a richer experience. Right now it’s all a work in progress, but I will let you know when it is complete. (I know your waiting on the edge of your seat!!!!)

OK, back to why you came here; Flipping Houses.

The spring market is here and there are alot of buyers out trying to beat the deadline for the tax credit. So far we’ve put 143 Lloyd Ave and 70 Glenwood St on the market, both are now under agreement with home inspections scheduled for this weekend.

Next up to hit the market is 42 Wexford St. I posted some pics of this house a few weeks back as we were winding down. Now I have all the final pictures of the home finished and staged. Have a look;

Exterior

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House For Sale Wexford St Springfield

New Driveway and 2 Car Garage

On the exterior we added a new roof, installed new windows, painted all the trim, added new shutters, repointed the chimney, added a new driveway, and installed two new garage doors with automatic overhead openers. We also pulled out 7 overgrown shrubs that were blocking the front of the house. The roof on this house was very expensive and kind of caught us by surprise. It has a very steep pitch and because of all the various dormers there were a lot of cuts that needed to be made. Also the roof had two layers of shingles over the original cedar shakes, so all that had to be ripped off and we had to lay new plywood.  

 

Interior

Living Room looking at Staircase

Living Room Fireplace and Mantle

Den located off Living Room

Dining Room

Archway between Dining Room and Kitchen

Kitchen Pic 1

Kitchen Pic 2

Kitchen Pic 3

Archway Looking from Kitchen into Dining Room

Full Bath Pic 1

Full Bath Pic 2

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom Pic 2

On the interior we did a full gut of the kitchen, added the archway and breakfast bar between the kitchen and dining room, opened the wall between the kitchen and living room, redid both bathrooms, added tile to the kitchen and bathroom floors, refinished all the hardwoods, did some new sheetrock, painted everything, did some new electric including a new 200 amp panel, added all new plumbing, and installed a new boiler.

 

So thats it for Wexford… another successful project. It’s live on the MLS now and with the nice weather we are suppose to have this weekend hopefully we’ll have some traffic and a couple offers to follow!!!

To all my religious folks out there, have a good Good Friday…. and to the rest of you, have a good Friday 🙂

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37 Mansfield St – Final Pictures

37 Mansfield Before

The renovation work is totally complete at 37 Mansfield St. The property came out awesome and we found a buyer without even having to put it on the MLS. This property had alot going against it; it was condemned, it was fire damaged, the porches were falling down, and it had some serious structural problems… but we fixed all that and turned it into a real gem!! With over 3,700 square feet, 10+ bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms this was by far the biggest property that we have rehabbed. We started renovation of the home in June and work was completed at the end of September. We ended up converting this property from a three family to a two family. This was a total gut down to the studs; we did new electric, plumbing, heating systems, roof, siding, windows, kitchens, baths, sheetrock, etc…..   

You can see more of the before pictures here and some video here.

Heres a look at the finished product:

37 Mansfield St- After

37 Mansfield After

Kitchen Unit 1

Kitchen Unit 1

Bathroom Unit 1

Bedroom Unit 1

Living Room Unit 1

Bedroom Unit 2

Third Floor Living Room Unit 2

 

I was amazed out how nice the hardwoods came out. When we first started work I didn’t think we were going to be able to save any of the floors but our hardwood refinisher was able to work some real magic on those old floors!!

So have another look at the before pictures here and let me know what you think….

Plumtree Rd – Finished and Staged

All the work is complete at Plumtree Rd and it is now cleaned and staged. Here are the finished pictures.

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Kitchen 1

Kitchen 1

Kitchen 2

Kitchen 2

Dining Room

Dining Room

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Fireplace

 

Living Room/Stairwell

Living Room/Stairway

 

First Floor Bath

First Floor Bath

First Floor Tub

First Floor Tub

Second Floor Bath

Second Floor Bath

Second Floor Bedroom

Second Floor Bedroom

Living Room

Living Room

Plumtree Rd Update ~ Interior Finished

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Our contractor got through Plumtree Rd pretty quick. Heres a look at the inside:

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Kitchen

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Kitchen

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Dining Room

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Living Room w/ Fireplace

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Living Room/ Staircase

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First Floor Bath

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Bedroom 1

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Bedroom 2

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2nd Floor Bath

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Entryway

 

We installed a corner shower unit in the second floor bath where the old tub use to be. These are nice as they save space but still provide plenty of room to bathe in.

Next step is to stage the home and get it ready to show!

Deal Updates

A quick update on where some of our projects stand;

 

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39 Brooks St, Springfield:We put Brooks St on the market for $133,900 and accepted an offer in early August. The home inspection was done two weeks ago and went very well. The appraisal was done on Friday and the buyer has received their loan commitment contingent upon appraisal review. Closing should be early to mid September.

 

 

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17 Bessemer St, Springfield:  Bessemer St went under agreement very fast. We put the property on the market on Friday 8/15 and by the end of the open house on Saturday 8/16 we had multiple offers. The home inspection was performed last week, with the appraisal scheduled for this week…. closing should be the end of September. This home came out really nice and will probably be our best project to date.   

 

 

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71 Hartford Terrace Springfield:  Hartford Terrace initially went under agreement back in June. After our first buyers hit some delays in getting their financing we put the home back on the market in late July at our initial asking price of $189,900. We had four showings the first day back on the market and received multiple full price offers. The home inspection and appraisal are complete and we are just waiting to close at the end of September. 

 

 

Work is still under way at Mansfield St, Plumtree and Glenwood.   

September is going to be another busy month so stay tuned…….

39 Brooks St, Springfield MA

We have the home on Brooks St on the market. We repaired some water damage spots, put gutters on the house, did some landscaping and a few other odds and ends. Once the work was done we cleaned it and staged it. This home was rehabbed by the previous owner so it is a nice change from the full gut rehabs we have been doing lately.  Here are some photos:

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The new furnace is a high effeciency direct vent unit that runs at 95%.

Heres what the property looked look before we bought it.

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Brooks Kitchen

Brooks Living Room

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Not as drastic a change as Bessemer or Hartford Terrace , but the improvements will help it show alot better.

Bessemer–Finishing Up

Work is almost complete at Bessemer St. We have started showing the property and have received very positive feedback… we actually may be getting two offers before the house even officially goes on the market.

The transformation of this property has been amazing and the finished product is looking great. Have a look at the house now:

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New Roof, Windows, Siding, Gutters, Garage Door, Landscaping, Etc...


New Kitchen w/Stainless Steel Appliances

New Kitchen w/Stainless Steel Appliances


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Tile Backsplash and Countertop. French Door Fridge. Lots of Recessed Lighting

 

Brushed Nickle Hardware, 18x18 Ceramic Tile Floor, Over the Range Microwave

Brushed Nickle Hardware, 18x18 Ceramic Tile Floor, Over the Range Microwave


First Floor Bathroom with New Fixtures and Ceramic Tile Floor

First Floor Bathroom with New Fixtures and Ceramic Tile Floor

 

Tile Tub Surround

Tile Tub Surround w/ Accent Border

 

Living Room w/ Fireplace and Hardwood Floors

Living Room w/ Fireplace and Hardwood Floors

 

Front Entrance/ Stairway

Front Entrance/ Stairway

 

Refinished Hardwoods

Refinished Hardwoods


Second Floor Bath

Second Floor Bath


Second Floor Bedroom

Second Floor Bedroom


Master Bedroom w/Front Load Washer/Dryer going in Second Floor Bath

Master Bedroom w/Front Load Washer/Dryer going in Second Floor Bath

 This one is turning out as nice as Hartford Terrace. Once it is completely finished and staged we should have buyers fighting over it.  We’ll be putting Bessemer and Brooks St on the market over the next week. I hope all the buyers aren’t on summer vacation and we can move both of these quickly.