It’s that time of year! Your ghostly ghoul decorations have been gracing the exterior of your home for a while now, your costumes are (hopefully) ready and you’ve probably gone through that entire bag of candy that you opened for ‘just one piece’.
I really love this night, it’s always so fun, but I’ve learned a few things over the years that might help you as well. Before those Trick-or-Treaters arrive, be a good home owner and take care of a few more details to make sure this year you won’t have any “Trip” or Treaters!
- NO candles on the porch, sidewalk or driveway! The costumes those kids are wearing are just waiting to flutter into an open flame, making this night a horrible nightmare. Battery operated candles and light sticks are a much better option.
- Check the outdoor light bulbs. Make sure none of them have burned out. We’ve probably all been to the home that doesn’t have enough lighting and walking up that dark driveway could bring a crying Cinderella with a broken slipper to your door. And who wants that?
- Even if your pet is the “ruler of your kingdom”, this night isn’t about him or her. For their own good, keep them tucked away for just a little bit. The constant doorbell ringing can be stressful and having children you don’t know reaching down to pet them, might not always end well. You don’t want to be placing a call to your insurance agent this weekend.
- Clear the driveway and yard of kid toys, pet toys, gardening tools and lawn ornaments. Although the little guys with parents will mostly likely come up the driveway, the bigger kids, who are in a bigger hurry, and will expect bigger candy, are probably going to cut across the yard.
That should about do it. Now get out there and replace that bag of candy; you do not want to be the house that runs out early…they’ll remember you next year! Have fun!
Meet Katie Lewis…Katie doesn’t do anything small or quietly! When she’s excited, she’s very excited and she shows it! As a Realtor who’s been working with clients for 13 years, having a first time home buyer that was this excited was tons of fun!
You may have heard of Katie. She’s an accomplished photographer whose work has been featured in some serious wedding magazines. She’s a really interesting blogger and a super fun Instagram user that usually makes me laugh out loud. Katie doesn’t remain idle for long and is always exploring new ideas. She’s a budding seamstress, entrepreneur and just reading about her makes me tired some days.
Katie’s first home buying experience was somewhat typical. There was a certain amount of stress, mixed in with some eagerness to jump in head first. But Katie was a buyer who really knew what she wanted and talked herself out of a few candidates that would have been a home she settled for, rather than one she fought for. We worked together for almost a year, mostly during her slower, non-wedding season. And Dad usually came along, which was great because he’s a retired plumber and had a lot of knowledge! Just when I thought we were going to take a break for a while, she called me to see one that had just come on the market and it was all over. This was it…the one.
Things were a little tense for a bit because we were competing against another offer, but Katie’s offer got it done, although I’d like to think her Realtor had something to do with that! So Katie is a new home owner and from her Facebook and Instagram posts, I know that she’s determined to get moved in and completely settled in record time; which is so Katie!
Be sure to check Katie out at www.katielewisphotography.com. You’ll be able to see her accomplishments, some samples of her work and you’ll immediately get a feel for the kind of honest, hard-working person she really is.
One of the things I like about Katie is that she runs her business a lot like I run my own…she doesn’t expect your business, but she appreciates it and she’ll work hard to earn your loyalty.
You were an awesome client Katie. Thank you for choosing me to help you with your very first home purchase!
If you or anyone you know could use some help, whether it’s your first time or your last time, give me a call. I’d love to help you too!