143 Lloyd Ave Update

Lloyd Before

Our property at 143 Lloyd Ave is almost done. The city came out and turned the water on for us yesterday, so now the plumber can finish up with his connections and can fire up the heating system. This house received new siding, new roof, new windows, and a complete interior makeover. The major change that we made was converting the existing breezeway into living space. This required insulating and sheetrocking the whole room, installing vinyl windows and adding flooring. This new spaces adds about 200 more square feet to our living area and will make a nice dining room or family room.

Here are some pics of the house as we are finishing up;

143 Lloyd Ave

 

Converted Breezeway

Converted Breezeway Looking into Kitchen

Kitchen 1

Kitchen 2

Eat In Kitchen Area

Bathroom

Living Room

Bedroom

Once the plumber completes his work we’ll put together a final punch list. When the punch list is complete the home will get cleaned, staged and to the market.

In other news I think we have the house on Ravenwood St sold. This was the Bank of America short sale that we purchased two weeks back. We started the rehab well before we officially closed, so by the time we actually owned the house the renovation was nearly complete. We brought a buyer through this week and she is ready to sign a purchase and sale. I’ve got videos and pictures that I need to post of this property so keep your eye out for those.

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Bessemer Pictures, Finished and Staged

Here’s the finished pictures of Bessemer St; cleaned, staged and ready for a new buyer!! 

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Dang, thats alot of pictures….. didn’t realize I took so many!!! 

The house came out great and I definetly think it will sell fast. I’m off to the open house.

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.

Hartford Terrace, finished and staged

Here are some photos of the Hartford Terrace house all completed and staged. We generally do some light staging of the kitchen, bathrooms and any other points of interest within the home (I love fireplace mantles). The house came out pretty freakin sweet!!!! Check out the photos:

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Alright, don’t those photos make you just want to buy this house!!! It is gorgeous and in an awesome location; on a terraced street across from a school and a park. I’ll get some before and afters up so you can see the transformation we made to this property.

Hartford Terrace

Heres a look at the house on Hartford Terrace with the floors refinished, nice and shiny!!  They look much nicer than they did before.

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Next up will be the staged photos……

Completed Rehabs

I’ve added a page for Before and After photos and videos of our finished projects, as I know everyone loves these. I will post more as time permits…. but check out this property we just finished last month.

Atwater Rd

 

We got a buyer for this one at our first open house…. and should close any day now if Bank Of America would get their act together.

Five Closings and Stainless Steel Appliances

It’s a gorgeous day here in Springfield, MA. Right now the thermometer reads 80 degrees.  My partner Dominic just made me aware of something I didn’t realize, we could have five closings this month week. If it happens it will definetly be a record for us. A few years back when I was starting this business I would have been happy to have five closings in a year!!!  Things tend to come up last minute which may delay one or two but what should happen is; we sell two of our finished rehabs, we purchase one pretty house sub2, we purchase one rehabbed house at 70% of ARV, and we purchase the fire damaged three family. We’ve been FLAT OUT BUSY this whole year…. I love this depressed RE market.  

  One little tip I wanted to share is about Stainless Steel Applainces. We have been adding them to all our finshed rehabs, even the lower end starter homes… and the feedback from buyers has been awesome. It is an added detail that puts your finished rehab way ahead of the competition, and is one of the major reasons why I think our houses have been selling so quickly (less than two weeks on market).  Now stainless steel can be expensive so what we do is frequent Lowes and buy all the open box/ display models/ returns that they put out on the weekends. The key is to make freinds with the appliance workers and get them to call you when any good ones become available. We’ve made freinds with associates from both the Lowes near us and they will call us when they’ve got something good. We usually pick up stainless or clean steel appliances for a little more than the brand new white appliances.

Check out this kitchen:

Arnold Ave Kitchen

Arnold Ave Kitchen

This is an 864 sq. ft. ranch. We sold it in one day for above asking price at $121,000. We kept the original 80’s style cabinets that I always like to replace. However once we added the stainless appliances and staged it you don’t even notice the old cabinets anymore!! 
Well I’ve got to run to Lowes, they have a stainless steel Bosch dishwasher that retails for $540 dollars that we are picking up for $315. This will be going into the house on Bessemer.