Make your home SAFE for Halloween

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Halloween is just around the corner and excited little trick-or-treaters will soon be at your door. As you hang those fun Halloween decorations, consider how to also make your home safe for those little visitors.
Here are some helpful ideas from Imperial Mortgage & Real Estate Services:
Clear Walkways and Stairs
Trick-or-treaters are typically laden with masks and fancy costumes, so having your walkways and stairs clear is one of the best ways to prevent tripping. Those little ghosts and goblins are too busy counting candy, so sweep those walkways, remove any obstacles that might cause them to stumble, and keep the Halloween decorations safely out of their path.
Light the Way
String some festive lights and make sure the exterior lights on your walkways are all working and properly illuminating the pathways, stairs, porch. A dimly lit walkway may set the mood, but it also increases the chance of an accident.
Avoid Candles
Glowing jack-o’-lanterns and flickering candles make your home welcoming and attractive, but consider battery powered candles, especially outside where the little ones will be walking. Costumes are often long and flowing and real flame could pose real problems. Instead of traditional candles, use the battery powered ones. They now come in varieties that imitate the flickering candle and are just as attractive without the risk.

Halloween is about ghosts, goblins, and spooks, but this ‘frightening’ reputation doesn’t mean it should be dangerous. Consider the above safety tips for your home and enjoy the cute little trick-or-treaters, some Halloween candy, family, friends, and holiday cheer!

Happy Halloween from the home specialists at Imperial Mortgage & Real Estate.

Keith

Changing Seasons

Real Estate has its seasons…

changing seasonsAs we move closer to “the holidays” there are fewer and fewer houses on the market and understandably so. This year has certainly been a sellers market with low inventory throughout the entire year.

My best advice for buyers is to take this time to get your “financial house” in order so when 2018 gets here, you are in an ideal situation to find the new home that you’ve been dreaming of.

The article below provides sound advice on how to make that happen. Even though it is written to address first-time home buyers, it does a great job of helping you set up your finances for making a strong offer when the time is right.

Enjoy the article and our beautiful Autumn here in the Sierra Foothills.

https://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2014/05/23/a-checklist-for-first-time-homebuyers

Keith