Pinteresting 5 : Spooky Doorways

October is just around the corner so that means all the houses on the block will begin to “Haunt” their lawns! Join the Halloween theme this month by making your front entrance festive with Jack’o Lanterns, bats, cats, and even witches. Check out some of these terrifying front door decor for inspiration!

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The Pinteresting 5: Non-Spooky Halloween Decorations For Your Home

Decorate your home with some not so spooky Halloween decor! Add some wooden pumpkins to your doorstep, decorate your fireplace mantle, add a festive pillow to your sofa, or add some fall themed decorations to your dining table. Your home doesn’t have to be spooky to be festive!

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What Dog Owners Should Know When Buying or Selling a Home

(Guest Blog By Medina James at DogEtiquette)

 

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Whether you’re buying or selling a home, if you’re a dog owner, there are some special preparations and precautions you must take. It may be one of the last things on your mind during this busy and stressful time, but real estate dog etiquette is extremely important. Here are some tips for both buyers and sellers who have to deal with canine friends throughout the process.

For sellers – your house smells more like dog than you think

When we live with certain smells for years, we get used to them. We all know that everyone’s house has a particular scent – and if you’re trying to sell your house you don’t want that scent to be eau de pooch. The natural way to get dog odor out of carpets and furniture involves baking soda and vinegar, but there are also plenty of sprays, shampoos, and other products you can purchase to help. Plug-in air fresheners work for the final touch. Also remember to pick up any dog poop in your yard. Here is a good article about removing pet odors from a house.

For sellers – make arrangements to have your dogs out of the house

This goes for scheduled showings and for open houses. You’ll want to make arrangements to have your dogs out of the house – and not just out of the house and in the backyard. You’ll want your dogs to be completely gone. Either board them for a day or ask a friend or neighbor to watch them for a few hours.

For buyers – ask ahead for dog visits

Some pet owners want to take their dog to a potential new home to see how they interact with it. Older dogs with mobility issues may have trouble with certain design elements of a home, and you may want to see if they can handle stairs, decks, porches, etc. before committing to purchase. If you want to do this, you need to ask. It’s rude to bring a dog into someone’s home without first clearing it. People have allergies, fears, and even other pets you must consider.

For both – think about moving day

Moving day is stressful for your pets, so it may be best to board them (here are some tips on that) or have them stay with a friend. If you can’t arrange this, it’s smart to put them in a “safe room” in your house and instruct the movers to move that room last. This is simply safer for the movers and for your dog.

For both – it’s best to leave your dog out of the process (no matter how cute)

You love your dog. Strangers may also love your dog. Most everyone you meet may love your dog. But somewhere there is someone who just doesn’t like dogs. Maybe they’re afraid or maybe they’re allergic. Whatever the case may be, some people just aren’t dog people. So why take the risk that a potential buyer/seller is in this small minority? Even if your dog is incredibly well-behaved and cute, it’s best to leave them out of the process altogether. Ask a friend to watch your dog, or hire a dog walker if the dog just needs to be out of the home briefly for a single showing.

Even dog lovers don’t really want to deal with other people’s animals during the home buying process. It’s not only considerate of others to leave dogs out of the process, but it’s better for your dogs too. Many dogs are stressed out by tons of strangers and new environments, so it’s best to protect them from the chaos that is buying or selling a home.

Design Trends: Halloween Lawn Decor

Halloween is just around the corner so start clearing your lawns to make room for some of these awesome Halloween themed lawn decorations! Whether it’s carving out classic Jack-O-Lanterns, hanging up plastic skeletons, or another spooky idea from your imagination, give your lawn the power to let out screams and gasps this year. Below are some simple and easy decoration ideas to make your lawn the talk of the block on Halloween!

Show off your cinema knowledge by creating these tribute signs from classic horror films!
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These simple signs are a cheap and great DIY activity to give your lawn a Halloween feel!

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Although not particularly frightening, you can use scarecrows and Jack-O-Lanterns and set up an adorable pumpkin patch to bring attention to your lawn!
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Combine funny and scary by positioning skeletons in ordinary, yet hilarious scenarios!

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Pinteresting Five: Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

With fall quickly approaching, the pumpkins are coming back as autumn’s classic decorations! If you’re looking for something more than the usual carved out Jack’o Lantern designs, here are some unique and awesome things you can do to make your pumpkin stand out!

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