5 Halloween Home Safety Tips

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5 Halloween Home Safety Tips

The time of year has arrived where face paint flies off the shelves and spooky DIY projects are well underway. From ghosts, goblins and witches to the latest pop-culture heroes and villains, this is the time of year where creativity hits an all time high as people far and wide celebrate the spookiest season of all, Halloween! While collecting candy and trying to get a scare out of your friends and family is all fun and games, worrying about the safety of your home and guests isn’t. See below for some Halloween home safety tips that will help you ensure the only thing scarier than your costume is the thought of your expanding waistline after consuming endless amounts of sugary treats!

Make a Clear Path for Guests

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With costumes that include fancy wigs, complicated masks and endless accessories, eliminating obstacles is the main safety tip you need to keep in mind. Whether it’s clearing the walkway or eliminating debris from your lawn, a clear path to your front door will help you avoid any potential accidents and is one of our top Halloween home safety tips.

Avoid Accidents with Lighting

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With the shorter days upon us, your guests will not be showing up until long after the sun goes down. Help them stay on course by lighting up the path to your door. Whether a couple pumpkins or some strategically placed string lights, a well-lit entryway will not only make it easier to choose your favourite costume, it will help keep everyone safe.

LED Candle vs. Real Candle

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We just told you to ensure the pathway to your door is well lit, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a candle! LED tea lights are a great option for your outdoor décor that will look just as spooky as a candle, but will take away the fear of lighting a pumpkin on fire! These are also a good option for your indoor décor since you may not have the opportunity to keep a close watch on a candle burning inside your home throughout the night.

Keep Furry Friends Safe

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Halloween is an exciting time, and our Halloween home safety tips aren’t only for you, but also your pets! To avoid them escaping, getting into the candy, or getting scared of your visitors, keeping them locked away in a safe room for the evening is advisable. Since they don’t get to enjoy all the fun, leaving them a Halloween treat will keep them happy until the activity has subsided.

Be a Smarty with the “Smarties”

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If you are unable to come to the door when Trick-or-Treater’s arrive, or you will not be home to handout treats, leaving a bowl full of treats is not a good idea. Not only will it encourage people to come to your door when you aren’t there, it increases the risk of someone trying to tamper with the treats you have left out. A quick sign at the bottom of your driveway may be a good option and don’t forget to remind them you will see them next year!

When it comes to Halloween and other holidays, you can never be too safe! If you have other tips to share, make sure you reach out on Facebook to let us know so everyone can have a safe and happy Halloween full of friendly frights and sweet treats!

Thank you to the RE/MAX blog for this article.

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5 Thrifty Ways to Make Your Home Feel More Luxurious

Avoid the cost and chaos of a major renovation and transform your home into a luxurious living space with these simple steps. Money may be tight, but you can still live the luxe life.

Clean Off Surfaces

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The first step to making a space feel more luxurious is to clear it out. While it may seem counter-intuitive to remove things from a space rather than add them, clutter is a killer when trying to create a luxe décor aesthetic. Clearing off counter tops, windowsills, shelves and tabletops opens up sight lines throughout the house, making it the focal point rather than knickknacks, piles of papers and abandoned crafting projects.

Paint It All White

Keeping the interior paint palette neutral is an easy way to make a home feel more high-end, almost like a gallery. If your walls are a mishmash of trendy shades or four different variations of off-white, it’s time to head to the paint store to stock up on rollers, trays, painters tape and a few gallons of a single hue. While painting the space yourself may seem like a major undertaking, with a bit of careful planning, you’ll save yourself thousands of dollars and still get fabulous results.

Dress The Windows

What covers the windows in a room can have a major effect on the feel of the space as a whole — mismatched blinds, sun-bleached curtains and wonky rods will stick out like a sore thumb. Each room should have a unified window treatment, be it customized chintz drapes or made-to-measure roll blinds from Home Depot, what’s important is that each window has a matching cover. Also, making sure the glass is sparkling clean…dirty windows are a real downer. The more natural light in your home, the more uplifting it’ll feel.

Cover The Floor

From sprawling English manor houses to the sleek penthouses of New York, chances are you’ll spy a Persian kilim rug somewhere in there. Available in every shade, pattern and price point, picking up one of these mulitcoloured rugs adds instant cache to a cash-strapped space. Not to mention, it covers up cheaper flooring treatments or floorboard imperfections perfectly.

Add Warmth And Texture

If the first stage was to declutter, the last step is to add in super-luxurious materials such as velvet, cashmere and faux fur — and the easiest way to do this is with throw pillows and blankets. Rather than replace your existing set of couch cushions, seek out a new set of velvet covers in a single, rich hue. A faux fur blanket draped over the edge of a worn-out couch creates a cozy vignette. Or tap into the Scandinavian aesthetic and throw sheepskins over everything from bar stools to office chairs.

With these five tips on hand, you can easily turn your ho-hum house into a space that exudes luxury.

You may also like Cutting Edge Technology That’ll Set Your Home Apart on HGTV.ca.

Courtesy of HGTV.ca and the Remax Canada blog.

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Welcoming Fall

DIY: Welcoming Fall

Instead of being upset about the loss of sun rays let’s welcome the seasonal changes! Creating a welcoming fall entrance makes coming home when the skies are still grey or black a little more bearable. Since the season covers many holidays we wanted an entrance that will last the full season which is why this entrance is simple and sweet.

What you need to begin welcoming fall:

  • Photo Frame (We used a 5×7)
  • Thick Card Stock (Cut to 5×7 size)
  • Gold Pencil Crayon (or marker)
  • Burlap
  • Door Hanger – Something like this one
  • Decorative Flowers (Pick ones you like at a craft store or dollar store)
  • Pumpkins or Gourds

How to make:

  1. Start by creating a fall phrase that you’d like to see on the front step. We settled on “hello fall” you can use any one you like. Check out our pinterest board for ideas.
  2. Using a gold marker or pencil crayon write the phrase, and stick into the photo frame.
  3. Get outside and start piecing it together! We started by hanging a little burlap. then hooking the door hanger on top. We then started playing around with the floral arrangements and finished by adding the frame on top.
  4. Line up those pumpkins or gourds. Welcome fall, and smile every time you walk into that entrance way!

*This post is courtesy of the Toronto Home Shows blog

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6 Ways to Make Your Home Standout in the Fall

6 Ways to Make Your Home Standout in the Fall

The summer selling-season frenzy is over, but fall has just as much (if not more) sales-inducing mojo to offer. The crisp autumn weather gives home hunters new incentive to find that perfect house to snuggle into before the snow comes. Here are some surefire season-sensitive tips to make sure it’s yours that they choose.

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Clean Up Yard

Get out that rake and move those newly fallen leaves off the lawn tout suite. Making sure potential buyers can see the potential of a summer garden is a big selling point. Cut back bushes and dead flowers, make sure vegetation isn’t blocking any windows or paths. Also, check for any trees that have grown up with the warm weather and are now blocking views or sunlight.

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Plant Fall Flowers

Boosting autumn-time curb appeal starts with few strategically-placed planters filled with flowering fall favourites such as chrysanthemums, marigolds and mini sunflowers. They come in yellows, oranges, reds and browns and instantly brighten up walkways, steps, window boxes and doorways. A grouping of seasonal gourds by the front steps wouldn’t go amiss either.

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Wash Those Windows

After a summer filled with hot, dusty days and warm breezes, windows can start to look filmy and streaked, while window screens are plugged up with dirt and unlucky insects. You may not notice the buildup since it happened over a few months but buyers will. Dig out that power washer or hire a window-washing company to tackle the job and get those windows sparkling. It is well worth the investment.

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Top Notch HVAC

The furnace probably hasn’t been used all summer so now’s the time to have it looked at by a specialist and prepped for winter use. A potential buyer will have an inspector look at it anyway so it’s better to fix any potential problems prior to the house going on the market. Before anyone steps through the door, you’ll want the air flowing through the home smelling fresh and the heating system doing its job.

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Squeaky Clean Fireplace

A wood-burning fireplace is on a lot of buyers’ must-have list—but they want one they can light up the day they get the keys. Get the chimney professionally cleaned and scrub down the stove and brickwork. As soon as you list the house, hold off on lighting it and instead set up a display of attractive logs, large pine cones or pillar candles.

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Open House Details

Fall is a favourite time for many people so when you open your doors, make sure they get a season’s greeting. Before they arrive, simmer hot apple cider on the stove to fill the house with a welcoming scent, then fill up a thermos and put out paper cups so visitors can sip on cider while they tour your tastefully staged rooms. Fill a bowl with fresh apples and set out a tray of ginger cookies for potential buyers to take home as sweet reminder of how much they love fall—and would love to buy your home.

You might also like: 10 Things You Need To Do In Your Garden This Fall, found on HGTV.ca.

Courtesy of HGTV.ca.