Improve Your Home's Appearance and Property
This article was submitted by the ARB
(Davis Lake Architectural Review Board)
Dear Davis Lake Residents
As members of the ARB, two of our biggest concerns in Davis Lake are:
the aesthetics (beauty) and values of our homes. Davis Lake is a 15-year-old
neighborhood. We don’t want to be an “old neighborhood”; we want to
be an “established neighborhood”. There is a big difference in the real
estate market. This year, we are at a critical point with the money
we all have invested in our homes. We have the new Lowes Food (anchor
store) mall opening soon right down the street-on Davis Lake Blvd, 485-
which will put Davis Lake inside the beltway, North Meck HS, Alexander
and David Cox for schools, the new shopping mall being built at the
Harris Blvd and 77 intersection, and many other wonderful amenities.
These are all major and positive selling points for Davis Lake and SHOULD
increase our home values.
However, one of the biggest problems we face in Davis Lake is the aging
factor of our homes, and we are concerned that some owners are not properly
maintaining their homes. Without maintaining your home and keeping it
“up to date” and attractive, we all lose money when a house sells low.
Most of us can’t afford to be in that situation. The ARB has spent a
great deal of time talking with local realtors from different companies,
and they have all told us the same things that we can do to raise our
home values. Below is a letter the ARB received after one of these meetings
with one of these realtors. We thought it was worthwhile sharing with
The Davis Lake ARB
Letter shared with the ARB by a local real
After our meeting last week, I thought it maybe having this in writing
would be helpful to you with your efforts to increase your home values
in Davis Lake.
Improving Property Values in Davis Lake
As I meet with sellers in Davis Lake neighborhood who are trying to
sell their homes often they are surprised at the lack of appreciation
in Davis Lake. Below is a summary of comparable neighborhoods for 2004.
# Sold 2004 Avg.
Sales Price Avg. Sq.
Ft. Avg. $ per SF
55 homes $183,675 2363SF $77.73
30 homes $166,991 2114SF $78.99
31 homes $152,543 1987SF $76.77
Highland Creek 235
homes $204,726 2093SF $83.66
8 homes $240,025 3050SF $78.70
33 homes $164,047 2418SF $67.84
Some of you may be surprised at how far below Highland Creek you actually
are. Let’s discuss what you, as owners need to do to avoid becoming
the neighborhood next door. These are the significant issues that hurt
the property values in Davis Lake.
- Masonite - The majority of homes in Davis Lake have Masonite siding.
Continual maintenance of Masonite is necessary. Masonite siding needs
to be painted every 5-7 years. Be careful when you repaint your house.
Some colors bleed through. For example if you paint your currently
blue house gray, it may fade to lavender. Taupe on top of pink looks
PINK. The classic colors of beige and white are usually safe colors
that are liked by most buyers. Don’t aim for that splash of color
by painting your shutters turquoise or purple. Ask the ARB for approval
before you paint. They are not out to stifle your creativity. They
are there to protect the property values of your neighbors.
- Wood Trim – The worst thing that happens when you pull up to a house
with buyers in your car, is to see rotted trim, especially around
windows and the garage. Wood trim needs to checked for deterioration
annually. Any rotted areas need to be replaced and repainted. Paint
your trim more often than your siding. It will save you money in the
- Roofs – Many of Davis Lake homes are reaching 15 years old. Some
will need new roofs, but did you know that roofs can be cleaned to
remove some of the staining and mold that accumulates on roofs? Some
houses have more staining than others based on the number of trees
on the property, and the angle of the sun on the roof throughout the
day. Cleaning your roof gives the home a fresher, better-maintained
appearance. If you don’t have any roof leaks it may be a good idea
to have your roof professionally cleaned to freshen up your curb appeal.
- Mailboxes and posts – The first thing you notice when you drive
through a neighborhood are mailboxes. Some neighborhoods with the
white posts look terrible because no one has painted them in ten years.
Davis Lake does have a nice look, with the uniformity of mailboxes
and the fact that most of them are well maintained. Maintaining your
mailbox and post gives your home good curb appeal. If your mailbox
post has wood root all over, it needs to be replaced with a new “regulation”
one, and painted. Same with the mailbox, if it is rusted and broken,
- Landscaping – Most yards in Davis Lake are now mature, but annual
aeration helps to keep your lawn healthy. Seeding and strawing annually
can help to fill out a thin yard. Shrubs growing over the front windows
take away from the curb appeal of the house. Keep your bushes and
shrubs well manicured and below the windows. By doing so, it keeps
your house looking more like a new house and opens up the look of
- Lighting – The newer homes seem to have more silver and nickel
fixtures versus the gold and brass fixtures of ten years ago. It is
very difficult to compete with new construction when every light fixture
in the house is dated. Update your lights both inside and outside
of your home!
- Wallpaper – Most buyers do not want the big job of taking down dated
15-year-old Laura Ashley wallpaper that is in the kitchen and every
bathroom. If you are planning on selling, remove wallpaper and neutralize,
Sometimes I meet with sellers and I tell them that they have a beautiful
house and I can’t give them a thing to do to improve it. Unfortunately,
then I look next door and see a house desperately in need of painting
and landscaping. Buyers look not only at your house, but at your neighbor’s
house as well. It is very difficult to give sellers feedback that the
potential buyers loved your house, but they are concerned about how
the neighbor’s house looks. A strong homeowners association equals property
values that increase. As residents, you all need to support the volunteers
that provide their time and expertise to improve your neighborhood.
Let’s all work together to improve the property values by maintaining
the homes in Davis Lake. It’s a benefit for everyone!