Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Getting Your North Shore Home Ready for Halloween

Can you believe Halloween is just a few days away? You may have started carving your pumpkins to set out as spooky decor and filling your candy bowl for trick or treaters— but what about making sure you have enough lighting outside? There are certain tasks that North Shore homeowners tend to forget on Halloween night that can really boost the safety factor as little ghosts and goblins make their way to your door.

Below are four must-do's this week—or weekend—as you prepare to welcome trick or treaters in Glencoe, Deerfield, Winnetka, Highland Park, Northbrook and beyond!

Avoid trips and falls
Kids can get excited about the Halloween season and of course, the candy, so much that they make a dash toward your door. Remove any obstacles in their way such as tree branches, sticks, exposed roots in the ground, extension cords, and cracks in the driveway or sidewalk. If some of these are not so quickly removed, block access to the area to ensure kids don't trip and fall!

Light up the night
A dimly-lit North Shore home may contribute to the vibe of the holiday, but it's just not the safest option for neighborhood children. But before you go installing additional lighting outside your home, remember you can just as easily use tea lights, illuminated pumpkins and decor, porch lights and luminaries to light up your pathways.

Stay away from open flames
Candles may be a long-standing tradition when it comes to lighting your jack-o-lanterns, but that doesn't mean you need to continue them. In fact, LED lights are a much safer option and will help you avoid chances of fire. If you use flammable decor such as cornstalks or hay, you should also be certain they are far from fire sources and even hot light bulbs.

Keep your pets calm and comfortable
Your pets may love children, but their costumes can frighten some pets! Keep your pets in a safe and secure room in your North Shore home while trick or treating is in play so they can remain comfortable and calm.

Want more information about improving your North Shore home to sell this year? I'm here to help! Contact me today for more information about the real estate market and selling your home in Glencoe, Deerfield, Winnetka, Highland Park, Northbrook and the surrounding areas!

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Janie Bress
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