Video Tour – 130 Shady Side Dr Longmeadow – For Sale

Time for another video walkthrough. This time we’ll take you through our Shady Side, Longmeadow home.


We put these together as part of our marketing blitz for when we list a new home.



New Longmeadow Rehab – Shady Side

Well, we have another rehab in the beautiful town of Longmeadow underway.

This property is a huge executive ranch set in one of the premier neighborhoods of Longmeadow. The home is 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, has a huge master suite with master bath, and is nearly 2,600 square feet with a two car garage.

The house was in the same family since it was built and needs tons of updating. We are doing a new kitchen, new baths, new flooring, new paint, new lighting, new roof, new windows, lots of landscaping, new garage doors, new driveway etc…….

Overall its a pretty straight forward rehab, but the sheer size of the house and volume of work will be the main challenge with this project.

We made this deal during the heart of the winter when their was 18 some odd feet of snow on the ground… which made assessing the grounds and exterior of the house a bit more challenging. Once all the snow melted up we realized their was quite a bit more yard clean up and exterior work needed then we thought.  Oh well…. that’s what you get for buying houses in the winter in New England!

Here are some before pics of 130 Shady Side Dr. (Look at all that snow)

130 Shady Side Dr Longmeadow

Here it is with most of that Nasty snow melted

Huge Living Room

Double Door Front Entry with Ugly Tile Floor

130 Shady Side Dining Room

Very Old Kitchen

Another View of the Dated Kitchen

Laundry Room off Kitchen

Family Room with Fireplace

Half Bath

Master Bedroom

Master Bath

Main Hallway Bath

Dueling Furnaces



There it is….. straight out of the 60’s!!

The house is so big that they have two furnaces to heat the two separate zones of the house.

We’ve had our contractors out working at the house for the last 3 1/2 weeks and it is nearly complete. The guys are flying right along!!!!

I’ll post some updates of the progress soon.


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New Camera and Staging Homes to Sell

I’ve been operating with this really old clunky digital camera for the last 5-6 years. It’s a Kodak easyshare with an incredible 3.2 mega pixels. I used it a ton for my former profession as a commercial property inspector.  It actually took a pretty decent picture, and the file sizes were so small it made uploading pictures to the internet a breeze…..

but lately I’ve been looking at some MLS listings and noticed how nice and crisp the photos were looking of agents who were using newer cameras…. and I started to get a little picture envy. So I went out and picked up the latest and greatest Kodak Easyshare from Wal-Mart. This camera has 14 Mega Pixels and a 4x wide lens that really fits the whole room into each picture.

I am really picky about the photos we use for our finished rehabs…. I usually will take about 50-60 photos of each house and then pick the best 15-20 to use for all the online pictures.

I think your pictures are one of the most important parts of selling your house. With pretty much every buyer nowadays looking at properties online, you’ve got to have amazing pictures to really draw the buyers interest. Nothing baffles me more than when an agent uses dark, fuzzy off center photos in a property listing…. I just don’t know what they are thinking!!!!

OK…. back to my new camera…… I’ve got to say that I’m really impressed with the photos this camera is taking. It’s a really cheap camera from WalMart but the pictures look like a million bucks.

Here are some recent photos I took of some of our staged homes:

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Staged House for Sale

Home Staging

Dining Room Staged


Wow…. those are some incredible looking photos!!!!


Now if you’re still holding onto your old camera, like I was, check out the difference between the two.

Living Room pic with Old Camera

Living Room Pic with New Camera

The new camera is really wide and it fits in so much more of each room. It also makes every photo really bright… even when there is not too much light, which is what you want!!!! Nobody likes looking at dark pictures!!


So that brings me to my next point; staging. I’m really digging the way our homes are looking fully staged. I think we’re gonna try to stage every house like this. They come out looking incredible and the staging just accentuates how awesome our rehabbed homes are!!!!

When you put together the new camera and the staged homes, our pictures are looking killer, and thats what sells houses!!

Staged Master Bedroom

Staged Home for Sale

Staged Living Room



Ok, time for one more comparison…. check out the staged pictures vs. the unstaged pictures:

Unstaged Living Room/Dining Area

Staged Living Room/Dining Area


So there you have it….. if that’s not enough incentive for you to upgrade from your old 2.0 Mega Pixel camera and maybe start fully staging your rehabbed homes, I don’t know what is!!


And now time for the most important lesson from this Blog post………. Your pictures are incredibly important!!!!!! so Don’t Screw them Up!!!!  🙂


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Fernleaf Ave Longmeadow – Finished and Staged

Here it is…. the Grand Unveiling of our 27 Fernleaf Ave home in Longmeadow.

We finally got the punchlist done, cleaned it and staged the home…… now it’s For Sale.

This was another big project. We did a new roof, new exterior paint, new driveway, new windows, removed an oil tank, some stucco work, new electric, new plumbing, new kitchen, new baths, new tile flooring, opened up the floor plan, new interior paint, refinished all the hardwoods and added all high end stainless steel appliances.

The home is 6 bedrooms, 2.5 baths with nearly 3,000 square feet.

You can see all the before pictures HERE and the before video HERE.

27 Fernleaf Ave Longmeadow MA

27 Fernleaf Ave Longmeadow MA House for Sale



Veiw from Entryway

Living Room View

Living Room Staged

27 Fernleaf Living Room

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Huge Open Living Room with Fireplace

Kitchen with Granite and Stainless Steel Appliances

Tile Backsplash, 16x16 Tile Floor, Cherry finished cabinets

27 Fernleaf New Kitchen

State of the Art Kitchen Aide French Door Fridge

27 Fernleaf Ave Dining Room

First Floor Half Bath

Beautiful Open Staircase

Second Floor Main Hallway

Second Floor Full Bath, Granite Double Sink Vanity

Tile Tub Surround with Glass Block and Glass Tile Inlay, Jacuzzi Tub

Second Floor Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Third Floor Bath w/Claw Foot Soaking Tub and Shower Spray

Lets see that Beautiful Kitchen One More Time



So there it is.

We went all out and fully staged the living room, dining room and master bedroom.

Not much left to do now but Sell It!


Fernleaf Ave, Longmeadow– House Flip Update

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27 Fernleaf Ave Longmeadow MA before

Our rehab at 27 Fernleaf Ave in Longmeadow MA is nearly complete.

This is an awesome stucco house that has big rooms and lots of square footage. It is 6 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths spread over three floors of living space.

We’ll get it cleaned and staged this week then it will be for sale!!

Heres a look:

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27 Fernleaf Ave For Sale

House for Sale Longmeadow MA

View from Front Door with Wall removed between Living Room and Kitchen

Fireplace in Living Room with Built in Window Seats

Same view but here you can see the Coffered Ceiling. We kept it dark for a nice Contrast

Fernleaf Ave House for Sale

Living Room Archway, Center Staircase

Living Room looking towards Kitchen with Wall Removed and Archway

Kitchen w/ Cherry Finish Cabinets, Granite Countertops

Kitchen with Tile Backsplash and Tile Floors

Gourgeous Kitchen Aide French Door Fridge

Dining Room

First Floor Half Bath


Second Floor Full Bath with Granite Double Sink Vanity

Tile Tub Surround with Glass Block Feature/ Jacuzzi Tub

Bedroom with Shiny Hardwood Floors

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One Last Kitchen Shot!!!



This home is gonna look really amazing once we get it staged.