How to Prep Your Washington DC Area Home for Halloween

October is officially here and it’s officially the month of tricks and treats! The fall season brings about its own share of tasks for Metro DC homeowners— raking leaves, cleaning out the fireplace, updating decor, and now, preparing for Halloween.

You might not have anticipated getting ready for trick or treaters just yet, but there are a few ways you can make sure the path to your door is as safe as possible.

Clear the way

Just as you would do to prepare for potential Bethesda, Chevy Chase, DC, and Northern Virginia area homebuyers, you need to ensure the pathways are unobstructed. While it’s still daylight, inspect your lawn, driveway and other pathways for anything that could prove an obstacle. That means tree roots, fallen branches, or even cracks in the pavement. Make updates and repairs where you can or at the very least, block off these areas.

It’s also important to make sure your Halloween decor is not in the way. Things like extension cords or small pumpkins can cause trick or treaters to trip.

Light the way

While you don’t need to install extra lighting along the pathways of your home in Metro DC, there are other ways to light the way. You can use your pumpkins, glow sticks, luminaries or tea lights to help Halloween visitors find your door. And unless you’re attempting to avoid the candy-giving ritual, it’s always safer to keep the porch light on.

Be fire conscious

We mentioned how important it is to light the way to your door above, but it’s also a must to keep paper and other decorations away from any flames. Halloween tends to bring candle lit decor to the forefront and while it does help your Washington DC area property look the part, you can achieve the same look with LED tea lights. Not an option for you? Take extra precautions to keep corn stalks, hay and paper out of the fire.

Calm your dog

If you’re a dog lover, chances are you’ll be getting your pets in the Halloween spirit too. However, your dog might not love all of the costumes and visitors to your home that night. It’s not only safe for your dog, but for the trick or treaters if you keep your pets in a calming, indoor space away from the front door.

The Estridge Group is happy to provide tips for keeping your homes in Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Washington DC, and Northern Virginia as safe as possible.

If you have any questions about the local real estate market, do not hesitate to reach out to our team!