Curb Appeal: It Starts with Cutting Back Overgrowth

Last summer, I sold a really great single family home in Gainesville’s community of Virginia Oaks to some first time buyers.  It was a colonial with a great floor plan and a fantastic back yard.  Even had an inground pool.  Problem was, the beauty of this home was not readily apparent.  There were mature trees and shrubs covering the home from view as we approached. 


Driving by this Virginia Oaks home one year later you can actually SEE the house.  To begin, the shrubs on either side of the garage were taken out entirely.  Second, the lower limbs on the large tree on the right were removed.  Some smaller flowers were planted to accent the right side of the garage.  And I personally think having the American Flag hanging on the side of the garage gives just enough splash of color. 


If you want the most money for your Gainesville, VA home, give it a great face. Start getting your curb appeal in order by cutting the overgrowth that keeps buyers from SEEING your home.

Braemar’s Pool Vandalized

On the morning of August 17, 2010, community management personnel arrived at Braemar’s Iona Sound Clubhouse to find that everything within reach of the pool had been thrown IN the pool.  This included lawn chairs, trash cans (full at the time), umbrella stands and filter covers that created trip hazards around the pool.

Profane messages and drawings were scribbled in chalk around the deck of the pool.  One a death threat.  All messages were anger directed at the HOA.

I don’t know about you, but this seems the exact wrong tact to take if you are an angry home owner in Braemar.  It’s clean ups from vandalism events like this that will raise your HOA dues.  And if you had a legitimate beef, your credibility about the issue is gone once you break-in to the pool and throw everything you can get your hands on in the pool. 

This incident was reported to the Prince William County Police.  And since it is the second incident of vandalism occuring at the Iona Sound Clubhouse, I am for one am hoping that the Braemar Board will institute paid security patrols or security cameras.  At least it didn’t mean no pool to the residents.  With Braemar having two community pools, and the other being untouched, little changed for anyone wanting to use the pool.

This may be related to the suspected random grafitti happening throughout the neighborhood.  Braemar has replaced many street and traffic signs as a result of the spray painted graffiti.   Braemar’s Board of Directors have taken that repeated vandalism issue seriously enough to offer a $500 reward for information leading to the person or people responsible for defacing our community signs.  Hopefully they will do something similar for this larger incident of pool vandalism.

You can contact the on-site Community Manager, Kerry Farmer, at 703-361-8785 if you have information about the pool vandalism or spray painted graffiti.  And if you want to get involved in the Braemar Neighborhood Watch, attend the meeting at the Iona Sound Clubhouse, Thursday, August 19th at 7pm.

Who Are You Hiring to List Your Home?

This picture is not a joke.  It is picture of a local Bristow home, listed with a well known Real Estate Brokerage.  Sadly, it is also a vacant property that this particular brokerage holds as property managers.

Aren’t Property Managers supposed to maintain your property when it’s vacant?  Doesn’t that include mowing the lawn?  This yard and curb look like a chia pet.

When you are looking for a Real Estate Firm to represent you in the sale  of your Bristow-Gainesville-Haymarket home, drive through neighborhoods and pay close attention to how the properties, and real estate signs are maintained.  Are there brochures if there is a brochure box?  Is the lawn mowed?  All of this means even more if you are out of state, or out of the country. 

Know who you are hiring and why.  If you aren’t there to care for your property, and the Brokerage you’ve hired isn’t, it ultimately hurts you.

Dominion Valley Residents: Mark Your Calendar for Family Fun Night

Residents of Haymarket’s community of Dominion Valley have the opportunity to partake in Family Fun Night, Saturday, August 7th.  Movies will be shown, beginning at dusk, on the driving range.  And there is absolutely no cost.  It’s a free event.

Of course, if you or someone you know has been considering a move to Dominion Valley, give me a call.  I’ve got a great Carriage Home listing in the area that I would love to show them.