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Real Estate: The Importance of a Visible House Number

Is your house number visible?

If you have put your home on the market, or will be listing your home for sale, your house number is a small detail that may pay off larger than you think.

Consider how today’s buyer shops for a home. Research shows that 97 percent of consumers shopping for homes are looking online. First, they will look at the pictures (hopefully professional photo’s that have been taken by a professional photographer as first impressions DO matter) to see the house online. When viewing the property online, they will also take a look at the bird’s eye view or aerial view on the map to check out the potential neighborhood or surroundings.  They might even map out how far from shopping, schools and major roads of travel the home is.

Once the initial research is done, they will certainly attempt to do the drive by. This is when you will need a visible house address as well as a real estate sign. Remember if there are several homes for sale, this will be more important as there could be many real estate signs on a single street!

These are the silent steps that buyer’s work through when selecting a potential home. Of course, nothing replaces proper pricing. It may help to have your house address displayed where it is visible, especially at night as many home shoppers will execute the driveby on their route home from work.

Catherine Lindstadt, REALTOR 631-266-6113 clindstadt@elliman.com

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John January 05, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Forget about visible number posting for real estate purposes. Visible house numbers (clearly visible from the road) is absolutely essential for emergency response. If an ambulance, police or fire dept is needed at your home in an emergency - a missing house number or one not visible from the road will cause terrible uneccessary delays in response. I only hope its not you or a loved one that cannot breathe while the FD or PD is driving up and down your road trying to figure out which house is yours. And besides, its actually mandated by law (NYS Fire Code and NYS Property Maintenance Code) that your home address be clearly visible from the road. You can actually be fined for not having it. But really, forget about the fine, save your own life or the life of your loved one. Post your house number at the edge of the road.
Leah Bush January 05, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Good point, John!
Dave Bruyn January 05, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Hey, John Here in St. Augustine, FL., it is part of the permitting process for new construction. Until a house number has been issued by "911" (the deapartment responsible for such issuance), a permit will not be issued. Then.....when the house is ready for it's c/o (certificate of occupancy) inspecton, the house will fail unless the number is firmly affixed to the hosue as prescribed by law. The reason??? As you state, to provide identification for first responders. Further, we have "The Standard Housing Code" which applies to existing properties. Old junk in the yard which may impede access by first responders is illegal. Certainly it is unsightly, but it can reduce access in emergency situations. Violators can be made to comply or risk condemnation. I heard many cases in my eight years on the St. Johns County Adjustments and Appeals Board. So.....house numbers are nice for house shoppers, but it goes a lot deeper than that. Thanks for keeping your eye on the ball!
Catherine Lindstadt, Realtor January 06, 2012 at 12:21 PM
John, A very good reason to update your house number!

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