How to Build a Sturdy Yard Sign That Will Withstand Storms

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA

Well, to start, we had regulations here against signs " that can be moved by the atmosphere". I've seen signs swinging from one eye hook, blown around upside down, tied with ropes to the post to keep them from blowing back and forth, blown completely off, metal signs where the hooks ripped right through the metal, etc. I've also received and have heard of complaints from townhouse owners where signs make too much noise in wind as they blow back and forth, especially if using the aluminum sign posts.

 I was going to put a sign up on some land in Lovettsville yesterday, and was trying to decide whether I should use a metal frame sign holder, or the standard 6' wooden sign post. I wanted 2 or 3 sign riders, so the metal frame would work for 2 riders, but it would be hard to see because it would be low to ground where I wanted to place it. The 6' sign post allowed for one rider on top, and I could hang another from bottom of sign, but then I would have the swinging back and forth in the wind problem.

 Then it hit me. Combine the 2. Since I had everything I needed in our garage, it took me approximately 30 minutes to come up with the design, drill 4 holes, cut off one leg of the metal frame, then bolt it to the wooden sign post. Then installed sign and 3 riders. I used tie wire similar to trash bag ties to run through the sign and rider holes to give a little more strength and reduce chance of riders or sign blowing off in high winds. Sign is very strong and should easily last the length of 6-12 month listing without any maintenance. I could also attach a brochure box to the wooden post, but in this case, there was no safe place for cars to stop and get a brochure, so no box is used here. People will have to call or check website for more information.

 If you have a listing that you think will be on market 4+ months, you might want to build a couple of these to have available. I think I'll do a few more when I have time. Bolts used were 2" lag with 7/16" heads. Keep 2 upper bolts near corners so they don't interfere with rider installation and removal.

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Jeff Pearl | Lic in VA

Remax Distinctive | McLean VA


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Comments (23)

Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

There is something about a sturdy sign that is important. It goes unnoticed until the sign fails, thanks for stressing the importance of a strong sign Jeff Pearl 

Dec 01, 2014 10:22 PM
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

very creative and should be a tough sign for the wind to battle daily..check back and let us know unless the sign moves on to another property!

Dec 01, 2014 10:28 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jeff Pearl there are times we need sturdier signs with the winds.    With your area susceptible to hurricanes, you have to have sturdy signs.  

Dec 01, 2014 10:48 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

#1- Hi Andrew, Snow plows and car accidnets are a different story, but we don't get enough snow to worry about usually.

#2- Hi John, Thanks! We get a lot of wind here, and I'm betting this one holds up.

#3- Hi Tom, Yes, failing signs can project a negative image. Many agents never check on their signs, and I have seen them hanging by a thread and lying on the ground for weeks at a time.

#4- Hi Mark, Will do, Thanks.

#5- Hi Joan, Yes, Lovettsville is know for being windy. This was is definately sturdy, Thanks.

Dec 02, 2014 12:11 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

I have lost a few signs this year due to high winds!  Like your idea. You may have a new business. Wanna make a few more and bring them to Baltimore?

Dec 04, 2014 12:03 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

#7- Hi Margaret, Thanks! I had another design using one 4x4, and one 2x4 which I will do one of these days. I've never neen a fan of hanging signs that constantly blow back and forth. Don't have time to make a few and deliver to Baltimore right now. But maybe this winter I will make some extras.

Dec 04, 2014 07:30 PM
Potranco Realty
Potranco Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Potranco Realty"

Jeff, very clever thinking the sign looks fabulous and serves its purpose.

Dec 05, 2014 07:57 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

#9- Hi Bob, Thanks. So far it's holding up to our high winds!

Dec 09, 2014 09:25 PM
Patrick Willard
Rio Rancho, NM

Winds and weather do claim some signs but I've lost far more to the FSBO or garage/yard seller that are too cheap to buy a sign so they steal a broker's sign to paint over. Once, years ago before I started my own brokerage, the company I was with had several vacant lots listed in a development. While going to a listing I had in the neighborhood I saw that a FSBO had stolen six signs off the lots and taped his open house directionals over them.

I'd like to see a design that prevents theft. Maybe an electrified frame? LOL

Dec 09, 2014 11:50 PM
Kristin Hamilton CA REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway California Realty - Beaumont, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Jeff,

Very creative and  I can certainly relate to this. My sign guy puts the signs up with 1/2" hooks and I had my husband modify several  with 3-4" hooks as I was tired of the client calling saying the sign was hanging or had blown off the post completely. My last two listing have been in high wind areas and one was vacant so I would have to go check every few days and look for my sign in the bushes. Thanks for sharing a good solution. 

Dec 10, 2014 01:02 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Nice looking sign.  Thanks for the post.  I have the metal ones as I think they do hold up better, but the wood ones look better I think.

Dec 10, 2014 02:44 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

#11- Hi Patrick, That happen here as well now and then. Many agent use those theaded chain loop type hooks and tighten them. If thief doesn't have propertools, they're hard to get off.

#12- Hi Kristin, Thanks. hanging sign send the impression that listing is abandoned, or agent doesn't keep up with listing.

#13- Hi Gene, Thanks. I use a combination, but mostly the metal frames.

Dec 10, 2014 03:22 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Jeff... I must admit I'd never given this issue all that much thought! I have large signs that go into the ground solidly so weather conditions are not typically an impediment. Your idea was very clever.

Dec 10, 2014 08:22 PM
Liane Thomas, Top Listing Agent
Professional Realty Services® - Corona, CA
Bringing you Home!

You are brilliant!

Since weather is pretty moderate in my area, I have never really had to worry about this. I can see how it can be costly if your signs don't hold up!

Dec 11, 2014 02:38 AM
Beth and Richard Witt
New York, NY
The best Retired Brokers !!!!

Congratulations on a well deserved featured post full of excellent advice...

Dec 11, 2014 03:41 AM
Winston Heverly
Coldwell Banker Access Realty - South Macon, GA

I think we have some of the best reads out there on Active Rain. Thanks for sharing

Mar 21, 2015 01:18 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

#15, Hi Nina, it has survived our winter. Thanks!

#16- Hi Liana, Thanks! It saves time if i don't have to keep driving around fixing signs.

#17- Hi Richard and Beth, I didn't even know this was featured. Thanks!

#18- Hi Winston, Good to hear, Thanks!

Mar 21, 2015 10:40 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA


It is good that you are skillful in DIY projects. Not everyone is that lucky:)

Aug 30, 2015 05:18 PM
Jesse Martin
Autaugaville, AL

That looks pretty solid.

Aug 31, 2015 02:08 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

#20- Hi Inna, Thanks!

#21- Hi Jesse, It is. Still looks the same as the first day I put it up.

Aug 31, 2015 09:01 PM