Halloween Home Selling Tips


Don’t spook buyers this Halloween season, take note of these simple décor tips to sell your home fast.

Halloween is the best time in the fall to invite people to experience holidays in their potential new home. Start prepping days to weeks before Halloween by adding in additional lighting. With open blinds, your well-lit home will become a showpiece. While kids are snagging your sweet treats, parents will naturally snoop and view your beautiful home through inviting bright windows.

Trick-or-treat goers will be making their way to your door, so make sure bushes and shrubs are trimmed neatly and are properly shaped. Think ahead to ensure all slip hazards like loose stones or steps are secure. Add lighting on the outside of your home as well; small solar powered walkway lights can make a large difference in highlighting your neatly kept pathways or shrubbery.

Make your home a statement piece. Set up a photo area for trick-or-treaters to take photos. Situate the ‘For Sale’ sign to be incorporated in the photo-op for a free marketing piece. However, you should error on the side of caution and not go all-out in terms of decorations. Stray from decor that will deem your home creepy to sellers, like clowns, cobwebs, zombies, ghost children and gore.

Too much seasonal décor can be a turn-off for buyers. If you can, hold off doing the bulk of any major decorating until the day of Halloween, and clean up the décor the next morning. Instead of highlighting the spooks of the Halloween season in your home décor, highlight the notes of the fall season. Start by lighting the fireplace to bring warmth in the home and warm reds and burnt oranges with natural tones to tie in the majestic beauty of fall.

Be prepared for potential buyers to ask to see the home as they walk through the neighborhood. Have shoe covers or your agent’s business card available to schedule showings. Your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate agent can assist you with all of that. With these few simple tricks, you can take advantage of the free traffic to your home this Halloween to sell your home quicker.

Pumpkin Spice Fall Decor

Pumpkin Spice Fall Decor

Get the most out of fall’s favorite accessory for your home.

The celebrated pumpkin spice latte is back in stores for the season. Jump on this fall trend by adding small but impactful touches to your home for a cozy and nostalgic fall.


Bring in fall colors to warm up your home. Incorporate deep reds, burnt orange, and rich pumpkin shades to usher in the fall spirit.

Add pumpkins in new and exciting ways, such as adding a table runner with Cinderella pumpkins and crystal wine glasses to draw in a warm ambiance. Add mini pumpkins of various colors to your tablescape as place settings, and use calligraphy to write each name on their appropriate pumpkin place holder.

A pumpkin spice painted front door is particularly effective for curb appeal. Or imagine sipping a pumpkin spice latte on a velvet burnt orange chaise lounge. If this seems far-fetched, start smaller and decorate your furniture with rich orange throw pillows or cushions with various textures.


When scenting your home, be careful to use only natural scents that won’t offend visitors with chemical sensitivities. For an easy stove-top aroma, add 1 cup water, a dash of vanilla extract and several dashes of pumpkin pie spice. Heat on low or place in open crockpot for a lingering pumpkin spice latte scent that will make your home cozy in an instant.

You can also create an aroma using your essential oil diffuser. If you don’t have a dedicated diffuser, you can add 1-2 drops to a light bulb when not in use. As the light warms up, the aroma will diffuse your pumpkin spice scent.

In a glass bottle, combine:
20 drops cinnamon essential oil
20 drops ginger essential oil
20 drops nutmeg essential oil
15 drops clove bud essential oil
5 drops cardamom essential oil


To create your own pumpkin spice latte, combine the following ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl:

1 cup milk product of choice
2 tblsp of pumpkin puree
¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice, plus more for the topping
¼ tsp vanilla extract
1 tblsp sugar or sweetener of choice

Microwave 1-2 minutes or heat on the stove until the milk is hot. Then, whisk vigorously until the milk mixture is foamy. Pour the ¼ cup strong brewed coffee or hot espresso into your mug and add the milk mixture. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with more pumpkin pie spice.

Recipe courtesy of the Food Network.

No air conditioning? Beat the heat indoors with these 8 tips.


Not everybody in the Pacific Northwest has air conditioning, but there are ways to keep your home cool during the hottest days of summer. 

1) Utilize window treatments. Blinds and heavy blackout curtains keep the summer heat out while your fans work hard to keep you cool.

2) Close off unused rooms. Closing the doors will keep any cool air from entering, keeping it in the spaces you use the most.

3) Hack an A/C unit. Put a bowl of ice or an ice pack behind a fan to imitate a cool sea breeze.

4) Switch the bed up. Change your sheets to cotton and try a new buckwheat pillow. Buckwheat pillows don’t retain your body heat, keeping you cooler.

5) Go backwards. Set your ceiling fans rotating counter clockwise for optimum airflow.

6) Control your body temperature. Cave men survived without air conditioning, and you can too! Just remember, it doesn’t matter what the room temperature is, focus on controlling your body temperature. Consume cool drinks and apply a cool cloth at the back of your neck and on your wrists.

7) Outsmart your windows. Generate a cooling pressure current by opening the upper section of windows on the side of your home that falls downwind and simultaneously have the lower section of windows open on the side of your home that is upwind. You can increase the flow by placing a fan on the window pulling in air and a fan (backwards) on the downwind window pushing hot air out of the home. Hack an even cooler breeze by wetting a bedsheet and hanging it in front of the window bringing in a breeze.

8) Invest in window films. They work like blinds and reject up to 70% of the sun’s solar energy while also reducing glare.

Article courtesy ot Huffington Post.

10-Minute Tricks: Freshen Up your Home for Spring!

With spring fever comes a desire for a change in décor. Check out our top 7 quick, easy, and dollar-conscious ways to freshen up your living space before the flowers start to bud.

Rotate your Artwork

Are your walls cluttered with stagnant artwork? If so, it’s time for a change. Some people hang everything they own on every wall. Look at it all the time, and you start taking it for granted. Try this: Separate art into summer and winter piles. Hang the lighter, pastel colors for spring and summer, and put the darker oil paintings in storage. Every six months, rotate your pieces. This way, you enjoy your art with a new vigor, and it’s something you can do in minutes.

Natural Scents

Spring is not only a colorful season, but a fragrant one, so bring the aroma indoors. Scents have a profound effect on mood. Infuse aromas into your décor with essential oils, natural candles, fresh cut flowers, or incense to change the overall feeling of a space. A quick, floral tip: Purchase an inexpensive bouquet of flowers, split them up by color, and place the bunches in small vases around your home.

Buy New Bulbs

You’re thinking flower bulbs, right? Not a bad idea, but we’re talking about light bulbs. Many of us aren’t using our lights properly­—in the winter you need more light, but in the spring you can get away with less. Swap your 60-watt bulb with a 3-way bulb to allow you to soften a room’s light.

Let the Sunshine In

In the winter, dirty windows can go unnoticed. On the first day of spring, take advantage of the sunny season by giving the windows a wash. You can have a gorgeous room, but if the windows are dirty, it won’t look as beautiful or as bright. As an added tip, pull back dark window treatments and add a shade or valance for a touch of color. Or, you can also replace window treatments with ecru or white sheers for an elegant look.

Update Accessories

Just as you’d add a scarf or necklace to enhance an outfit, do the same with your home—dress your home like you would yourself. Look for great accent pillows in bright colors. Put away the winter throws and drape light, bright throws on your sofa. Pick out spring-hued vases or candles to boost a cocktail or dining room table.

Beautify your Boudoir

Bright, new bedding can do wonders for your personal space. Tuck away the heavy, winter flannel comforter and pull out crisp linens with coverlets for color. Bring in the spring with floral-designed spreads or colorful solids. Don’t forget accent pillows for added style and comfort.

Lose the Magnets

In just minutes, you can tidy up a kitchen by getting rid of the scraps of paper, business cards and take-out menus stuck to the fridge. If you have odds and ends everywhere, it looks messy. If you clear it, your kitchen looks and feels organized.

Article courtesy of HGTV.com

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