Northampton MA Real Estate, Easthampton MA Real Estate | Meghan McCormick - Delap Real Estate



28 Thayer St, Deerfield, MA 01373

Single-Family

$195,000
Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
1
Baths
Location is Key...And that is exactly what you will find with this property! A 4 bedroom, 1 bath old-style farmhouse close to all area amenities and just waiting for you to come in and make it your own. Downstairs there is a spacious eat-in kitchen with an oversized, walk-in pantry and a full bath. The spacious sunny dining room connects to the living room to give an open concept feel. The large laundry room makes doing chores a snap! All 4 bedrooms are located upstairs for privacy but so easy to access with a front and back staircases. This house sits on a lovely flat lot that you can enjoy from the enclosed porch. There is a detached oversized garage complete with a workshop and plenty of overhead storage! Much of the heavy lifting has already been done including, new windows, new roof, updated electrical, plumbing, updated kitchen cabinets and sink, new siding, roof, and doors on the garage, and so much more. All that's left is the finishing touches!
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Shopping for a home is an exciting time for any hopeful homeowner. After weeks of scouring listings looking for the perfect home in the ideal location for you and your family, it can seem like you’ve found the needle in the haystack.

When it’s time to go visit that home, it’s easy to put on rose-colored lenses and overlook issues that should, at the very least, be taken into consideration when it comes to deciding whether or not you should make a bid on the home and how much you should offer.

Today’s post is all about preparing you for that first viewing. We’ll give you tips on what to look out for and how to factor these things into your equation when it comes to making an offer.

Check the listing for omissions

Even if a home looks perfect on paper (or on its website listing), it’s still quite likely that there are things you’ll want to know about before considering an offer. A home listing should attempt to address several questions you might have. But ultimately, it’s main goal is to attract interest in the home.

So, what type of things should be in the listing that the seller might leave out?

  • Poor street conditions, heavy traffic, and blind driveways are all things that will factor into your decision but most likely won’t be mentioned in a listing

  • Odors of any kind can be off-putting and difficult to remove. Some homeowners may not even know that their home has an offensive odor if they’ve become used to it.

  • Room omissions. If the home is listed as having two bathrooms but there are only photos of one, this could be a sign that there are problems with the second bathroom that the seller doesn’t want you to see quite yet.

Top dollar home repairs

A professional home inspection will be able to give you an idea of the kind of money you’ll need to spend on renovations in the coming years. But why wait? When touring a home, ask questions about the last time important renovations and repairs were made.

Roofs, septic systems, and electrical work are just a few of the things that are expensive to repair or replace. If the previous homeowner has a small family or lives alone and you plan on moving in with a houseful of kids, you might find that your impact on the septic and electrical systems of the home are too much for the house to handle. You’ll want to take this into account before considering a bid on the home.

Utility costs

The cost of heating a home in the winter and keeping it cool in the summer can be hefty if the home isn’t properly sealed and weatherproofed. Ask the current homeowner what they spend per month on utilities to get an idea of what you might be spending.

Then, take a look at the windows and doors. Cracks, malfunctioning locks, and worn weatherstripping are all signs that the home will need some work to be energy-efficient.

Don’t ignore the little things

Small fixes may not seem like a big deal when viewing a home. They can even deceive you into thinking that you’re getting a good deal by buying a fixer-upper for a price that’s lower than the market average.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that small fixes around the house are a sign that bigger problems are also being neglected. Don’t be too quick to assume the house will be a good deal before getting it professionally inspected.


In many cultures, wearing the same shoes in the home that are worn out of doors is frowned upon. Of course, in some places where you both sit and sleep on pillows or mats on the floor, removing shoes seems logical and even mannerly. But in our fast-paced get in and out the door lifestyle is there a good reason to ask family members and guests to remove their shoes?

What science says

It seems that removing shoes upon entering the home is a hygienic practice. University of Houston researchers discovered that the shoes of about forty percent of those tested carried the Clostridium difficile bacterium spores. These spores live on dry surfaces for long periods and are challenging to treat with antibiotics. So, you could traipse around with potentially harmful spores on your shoes for days. 

Another study by the University of Arizona showed that an average pair of shoes contained nine different strains of bacterium including the dangerous E. coli that causes intestinal upset, vomiting, and diarrhea. Additionally, Klebsiella pneumoniae, which can cause pneumonia and severe lung damage showed up on many shoes. Infections from this bacterium cause death in 50 percent of the general population and a much higher percentage in those suffering from alcoholism.

In addition to the bacterium, shoes tested contained other nasty stuff like bird and animal feces, dead insects, vehicle oil and myriad other gunk that has the potential to cause illness or allergic reactions in many people, especially immune-compromised young children and the elderly.

What to do instead

Set up a shoe station in your home. If you have a mudroom, this is the perfect place. Provide each family member with a place to store their shoes on a rack or in a basket and keep handy a pair of slippers to put on. Keep a shoe rack and guest slippers in various sizes near the front door or in the coat closet so that you can furnish them to visitors to your home.

Some advantages of removing shoes at the door are less cleaning outdoor debris from the carpets and floors, fewer fears of your toddler picking up and placing in their mouth something dragged in from outdoors on someone’s shoe.If you live in a multi-story building, your downstairs neighbors will rejoice at how quiet your slippers are on the floor above their heads.

If you’re showing your home for sale, let your agent know to request that guests remove their shoes and where to find temporary slippers while they view your home.


This Single-Family in Northampton, MA recently sold for $374,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Meghan McCormick - Delap Real Estate.


343 Glendale Rd, Northampton, MA 01062

Single-Family

$379,000
Price
$374,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
The park-like setting hosts this fabulous colonial home on an acre of land that is close to all the area amenities yet just far enough out of town for your peaceful enjoyment. This move-in ready home has a beautiful open kitchen with cherry cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and corian counters. Just off the kitchen is the spacious dining room complete with a wine cooler and buffet-style counter. The open concept living room will welcome you to sit before the brand new fireplace and unwind. Then make your way to the 3 season porch that is a great place to overlook your back yard complete with a stone patio, adorable playhouse and shed that is great for storage, all while staying bug-free! Also located on the first floor is a half bath WITH your laundry room. The 3 bedrooms occupy the second floor along with a full bath. The large Master bedroom boasts cathedral ceilings and a large closet, with plenty of room for your home office, too! See you at the Open House Saturday, July 27th

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This Single-Family in Hatfield, MA recently sold for $274,900. This Farmhouse style home was sold by Meghan McCormick - Delap Real Estate.


31 King St, Hatfield, MA 01038

Single-Family

$274,900
Price
$274,900
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Country charm and elegance is what you will find in this lovely farmhouse. It is ready and waiting for its new family with an updated kitchen and bathroom with slate radiant heated floors, beautiful hardwoods, a fresh coat of paint throughout, a paved driveway in 2017, gorgeous Goshen stone front stairs, and the best part of all, mini-splits for heating and cooling were installed just in 2018. There is nothing left to do but move right in. You will enter this home through a spacious enclosed porch, perfect for morning coffee or a relaxing evening, bug-free! The downstairs offers first floor living with a bath and a light-filled bedroom off the living room. Upstairs is the master bedroom and there is a 3rd bedroom/ office that is the perfect size for your little ones or a home study. You will love to spend time in your park-like setting of a yard and so close to all area amenities!

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