209 Gifford Update… Ready for some Rock!

All the rough framing, electrical and plumbing is complete at Gifford and we passed all our inspections with no issues. Now we are ready to insulate the whole house and then hang our sheetrock. The guys are coming in this weekend to do all the sheetrock and we should have finished walls by next week.

Heres a video of how things look:

Things are coming out real nice at this house and the finished product is gonna look great!

17 Bessemer Before and After

Heres a look at the before and after of the property we rehabbed at 17 Bessemer St. This was our flagship deal of 2009. The stars seemed to align on this property; from finding it, to rehabbing it, to selling it…. everything went real smooth and the deal was very profitable.

The transformation was really amazing!!

Freezing My @$$ Off!!

Wow, it was bitterly cold today. The high was 16 but the wind was whipping at 30 mph so it sent a chill right through you…. it was almost unbearable.  Even my little snowdog Teddy couldn’t take it. Usually when I let him out to do his business in the morning he plays in the snow or meanders around sniffing the ground for 20 minutes, not today, he did his thing and raced back inside within a minute and headed straight for my jacket to warm up!! 

Teddy Warming Up

Well, enough complaining about the weather… not much you can do about it anyways, except move down south (Hi Mom and Dad).

So it looks like the two family on Leete St will be the last rehab that we buy in 2009. We’re hoping to close on the sale of 37 Mansfield St before the new year, but I’m not sure thats going to happen. We need the building inspector to sign off on our Certificate of Occupancy in order to close, and he is away on vacation and nobody within the building department seems to know when he is coming back???

Heres a look at Leete St. I don’t have any inside pictures because it is still boarded and I didn’t have my screw gun to get inside. The great thing about this property is that we’ve got a homeless guy living in the shed behind the house…. I’m sure he’s not gonna want to pay us rent so I think we’ll have to evict him!!!

Leete St


This house is located in a section of town we normally don’t buy in, but it was a good deal and we are looking to establish a good business relationship with the private lender who owned the property.

New Rehab… 143 Lloyd Ave

So, it’s a few days before christmas, and it seems like everybodys on vacation this week…. but not us, we’ve been busy closing two deals over the last two days. The first deal was the purchase of a 2 family rehab located on Leete St in Springfield. I don’t have any pictures of this property but I’ll be getting some to post shortly. The second was the sale of our finished rehab at 93 White St in Westfield.

We also started work on a new project that we purchased a few weeks back. The house is located at 143 Lloyd Ave in Springfield. We purchased this property from the next door neighbor of our 17 Bessemer St house. He approached us as we were finishing up the renovation of Bessemer and said he had inherited his mother’s house, it needed a good amount of work, and he wanted to know if we would be interested in buying it. We took a look at the house and made him an offer…. after much negotiating with him and his brothers, we were able to come to an agreement. We had to wait a few months for the house to go through probate before we could close. It’s going to be a pretty easy rehab as the house is your basic single level ranch; we’re doing a new roof, new siding, new gutters, new windows, new kitchen, new bathroom, redo all the hardwoods, and convert the breezeway into a dining room. The house did have an inground pool that had not been maintained over the years. The liner was gone and trees were growing up out of the middle of the pool. Instead of spending some big bucks to fix the pool, we just crushed the concrete and filled it in.

Here are some before pictures;

143 Lloyd Ave

Backyard after Filling the Pool In

Rear of House

Kitchen 1

Kitchen 2

Kitchen/Eat In Area

Bathroom 1

Bathroom 2

Living Room 1

Living Room 2


Breezeway being Converted to Dining Area


I didn’t get any pictures of the pool before we filled it in as the guys were too quick in getting over there… too bad as it would have made a good video. This is going to be a great little house and will be perfect for a first time buyer once we are finished with the renovations.

Gifford St Update and more deals….

It’s been a pretty busy 10 days since I last posted. We closed on a new rehab project on Parker St in Springfield on Wednesday. We also made deals on three new properties; the first is a two family that we are buying from a local money lender, the second is a short sale that we finally got approved after working with Bank of America for almost a year, and the third is an estate property that needs a pretty thorough cosmetic overhaul. 

On top of all that we still have our 6-7 ongoing projects and we will be selling two of our finished properties next week; 37 Mansfield St and 93 White St

Now for our ongoing projects….. Things are moving along well at Gifford St. Most of the rough framing is complete and the plumbers have been there the last couple days doing their rough in. The outside has been completely sided, the new roof is on and we’ve added the new driveway. Heres a look; 

New Driveway


New Second Floor Bath framed in with Tub and Plumbing


Second Floor Bedroom closet framed in


New Second Floor Bedroom with Full Dormer


Kitchen looking in from Dining Room


First Floor Gutted


New Stairway Going In


The electricians will be coming in next to do all their rough work once the plumber finishes up. From their we get all our rough inspections done and then it will time to for insulation and sheetrock. Once we get the sheetrock up it will start to look like a house again!!

209 Gifford St Update

Renovations are moving right along at the Gifford St project. When I last showed you this house it had no roof (see the picture above).

Now after a little over a week we’ve got the new roof on, the dormer is built out, all the new windows are installed and the house is being wrapped in vinyl siding. Once the outside is complete, the roof is shingled, and the property is weather tight we’ll begin framing the new layout on the first and second floor.

Heres a look at the house so far;

209 Gifford; siding under way

Gifford St with New Dormer and Roof Line

Rear/Side View

New Dormer off Back of House and Repaired Chimney

New Second Floor

New Second Floor

Skylights added to Front of House

This will Soon be 2 Bedrooms and a Full Bath!!!


So thats where we’re at now. It’s a pretty significant change from what we started with. The raised roof line and bumped out dormer gives us a ton of room on the second floor. We’ll now be adding two large bedrooms and a full bath up there.

Well thats about it for tonight. I’m taking a lead abatement class all day tomorrow so I can become certified to remove lead from our properties. This is gonna come in real handy…. especially on the multi family homes so we’ll have no problems getting clean lead certificates.

Giving Thanks for Easy Rehabs

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

I spent the last week visiting family in South Carolina for the holiday…. but I’m back home now and it’s time to get back to work.

All rehabs are moving forward nicely. I think we have 7 houses under renovation right now so we are crazy busy! We actually put another rehab under contract the day I left for South Carolina and we will be closing on it either this Friday or next week on Mon or Tues. I’ll give you the details of that property once we close on it.

Fortunately not all our ongoing projects are full guts like Gifford St and Columbus Ave . We bought a light cosmetic rehab about two weeks ago, located at 82 Lasalle St in East Longmeadow, MA,  and we began construction on it Monday. This house is in the best condition by far out of all the properties we’ve bought. The sellers were downsizing and had already found their retirement home. They didn’t want to deal with the hassles of listing the property with a realtor and they didn’t want to face the prospects of missing out on their retirement home dealing with the delays associated with working with traditional buyers. The seller found our company website over the internet and said we are exactly what he is looking for. We took a look at the house, negotiated a fair deal, and closed on it in two weeks.

The house is already sided and has a new roof on it. We are going to do some upgrades to the kitchen and bathroom, paint all the walls, refinish the hardwoods, install new windows, upgrade the electrical panel and do some other misc. upgrades. This should be an easy two week job and we’ll have it back on the market. Here are some pictures of the house:

82 Lasalle St East Longmeadow

Front of House


Kitchen 1

Kitchen 2

Dining Area


Living Room

Master Bedroom


Living Room with Pellet Stove


So thats it… the furnace is good, the water heater is good, the sellers already sided it and put a new roof on it.  We’ll modernize it and bring it up to todays standards than we’ll unleash it to the market.

So what do you think?? Looks a little easier than Gifford St!!

One Week at 209 Gifford St

We’re a week into the Gifford St project and we are making very good progress. The inside has been completely gutted and we’ve prepared the exterior for the siding and the new dormer. Have a look at the house now….. there seems to be something missing:





Since the roof was in such poor condition we decided to chop it right off. We’re now going to raise the roof line and add the full dormer off the back of the house.  Heres a look at some of the new framing:




The raised roof is going to allow us to make the upstairs alot bigger and alot more functional. I’ve got some video footage of our contractor ripping the roof off. He didn’t do it by hand, he used some pretty heavy duty machinery to get the job done. I’ll post that once I get it edited.