At Halloween, some people not only dress themselves up in costumes, they also dress their houses for an enchanted evening. It can be a way of integrating yourself into the neighborhood and feeling a part of the community. But since you are in a rental home, you want to take care not to damage the home in any way, avoiding nail holes or fire hazards.
To make your home look festive while remaining safe, here are six tips for decorating your rental home for Halloween.
Use Natural Elements
Decorate with fall leaves, corn stalks, fall flowers gourds and pumpkins to create a beautiful autumn display. Consider a wreath of natural elements or a grouped display of fall elements on the side of the porch. Be sure to keep stairways and entryways clear.
Create Spooky Windows
Colored window clings or cutout black outlines of ghosts, bats or witches can be easily affixed to (and removed from) the inside of your front windows. Backlight them to create a shadow effect.
Carve one or more pumpkins for display along your front entrance or porch. During the day you don’t need to light them, and for safety, use a battery-powered light or small flashlight instead of a flame at night.
Hang Spider Webs
Purchase spider web filaments or cotton batting from your local craft store and drape them in the corners of your porch or entryway, or in tree branches or on bushes for an eerie effect. For more impact, create or purchase large spiders to dangle or sit amidst the webs.
Make, purchase or rent spooky props like headstones, body parts or witches cauldrons and create a scary display in the yard.
Play Eerie Music
Don’t forget that sound can also add an element of suspense to your Halloween decorations. Play a sound effect CD during trick-or-treat times.
Propman Property Management wants you to enjoy living in your rental property and neighborhood, so make the home your own with a few decorating touches. The kids – and neighbors – will be more likely to stop by and say “hi” when they see you as a more permanent part of the community.
If you are looking for a rental home in Northern Virginia, or need a professional property management company to represent your home, please give Propman a call. Also check our online resources such as our rental policies and application and landlord FAQs.
When I was younger, I used to manage my own properties. I realized then that with the constraints of my job and my responsibilities to my family, I didn’t make the best property manager. What I’ve learned since, working at Propman Property Management and as a Real Estate Agent is that I really missed out. Here’s why.
I tended to repeat the same mistakes over and over again because I didn’t understand the intricacies of managing my rental properties as a business.
We, at Propman, are always reminded that we have to educate our property owners, especially when they ask, “Why do I have to put money into my property?” or “Why should I have to do that?” when we make a recommendation.
Your Rental Investment
We are in the business of protecting your rental investment. That’s right, it’s not your home any more, it’s a business investment, and as with any investment, you have to reinvest in it to ensure it remains profitable.
That’s why homeowners hire Propman. We handle maintenance issues, whether for something that breaks or for preventive reasons. This can include painting, cleaning, trimming, powerwashing decks, and cleaning roofs of algae and moss. (Gutter cleaning is the tenant’s responsibility). We also make repairs. We have a complete and trusted vendor network who work for us that we call upon on a regular basis.
Maintenance is One Thing We Take Very Seriously
If a tenant requests a repair, we take it seriously. We find that if you don’t, the tenant gets the impression that you don’t care about the property, then, as a result, they don’t care either. That’s when things can go from bad to worse.
Take the example of a leaking roof. The tenant complains. If you don’t fix it, the next thing you know, the water starts coming in through the ceiling, causing even more expensive repairs. After a big storm, the water damage is even worse. Not only does the tenant become enraged (“I TOLD you it was leaking”), your simple repair has now become a more extensive—and expensive—one.
If you’ve been managing your own rental property, or are thinking about renting out your home, please give us a call first. We can help give you guidelines, whether you use our services or not.
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