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Find the Home that Speaks to You

By: Jackie Nicoll

There are new requirements in Maryland as of January 1, 2018 with regard to smoke detectors.  The primary purpose of these new requirements is SAFETY.  The law is designed to reduce the number of fire related deaths & injuries. In a nutshell, here is what you need to know:

  • If you have 9-volt battery operated smoke detectors, they need to be replaced with sealed battery smoke detectors.  These smoke detectors have tamper resistant batteries that will last for approximately 10 years.
  • If you have a hard wired smoke detector manufactured within the last 10 years, no action is needed.
  • If you have a hard wired smoke detector manufactured 10 years ago or longer, it needs to be replaced with a new hard wired smoke detector.  It cannot be replaced with a battery-only detector.

 The smoke detectors should be placed on each level in the home.

For more information, contact your local fire department.  You can also check out this information sheet created by the MD Association of Realtors.  Please also feel free to call me directly at 410-868-6119 or e mail me at Jackie.nicoll@longandfoster.com.  Also, check out my posts on Instagram and Facebook for more real estate news.


By: Jackie Nicoll

Thinking of moving in 2018?  Wondering what buyers are looking for?   Here are 5 tips I think are helpful in today’s market:
1. When your home is visibly in great condition, the more confident a buyer will be that the home is well maintained.  Buyers may even be willing to overlook some things that otherwise would have bothered them, simply because the feeling of purchasing a well-maintained home can help make buyers more accepting & less “nitpicky”.

2. Along these lines – don’t forget about your home’s curb appeal.  Clean the dirt and cobwebs off around the front door, paint rusting railings, make sure your mailbox is in good shape, get rid of or replace dead plants/bushes. Fresh mulch is your friend any time of the year.

3. Fresh paint can make a HUGE difference and is especially important if the home has bold colors or lots of scuff marks on the walls. Opt for a neutral paint color and don’t feel the need to paint every room a different color.  One color throughout is fine.  Avoid plain white, however, as that color may make the home appear “cold". I am always happy to share information on the more desirable colors.

4. Carpet is another significant item – a stained or smelly carpet can really turn off buyers. Pick a decent quality carpet – cheap carpet looks cheap and can be just as big a turn off as stained/smelly carpet. Some vendors can install hardwood floors for not much more than carpet.

5. It’s good to fix things that are obviously in need of repair before putting your home on the market.  Don’t do something yourself, however, if you are not qualified to do it. Buyers can spot low-quality work and will wonder what else has been poorly “fixed”.  It is a good idea to check with the local government to see what repairs require permits and/or licensed contractors.

For more suggestions on getting your home ready for sale, please call me directly at 410-868-6119 or e mail me at Jackie.nicoll@longandfoster.com. Also, check out my posts on Instagram and Facebook for more details.

Jackie Nicoll

1312 Bellona Ave
Lutherville, MD 21093