In the metro Edmonton area lots of folks just love Halloween. Perhaps it’s a family tradition? You put up those inflatable spiders, ghouls or Frankenstein like monsters on your front lawn. You festoon your windows with witch shaped stickers and some of your tricks make a loud noise.

It’s fun, isn’t it?

What if we told you that these most of these things could hurt your chances of selling your home, particularly this year when inventory levels are high and sales values are down. See our September market report for details.

Our advice?

1. Avoid obstructing the view of the home, making it scary or associating it with death, (picture  those tombstones that some folks install). These things just give the wrong impression.

2. Avoid placing stickers on windows that block out light. We suggest you avoid these completely. So, if your heart is set on celebrating Halloween what should you do?

3. Adopt more of a ‘harvest’ or ‘thanks giving’ approach.

Putting a couple of friendly carved pumpkins on the front step would be just fine. Mounting a nice wreath on the front door should be well received. Some seasonal throw cushions on the sofa won’t be out of place. Leaving a plate of Halloween themed cookies out and burning a pumpkin spiced candle in the living room are also nice touches.

And the day after Halloween?

4. Make your home ‘normal’ again.Remember we are in the business of getting your home sold and soon. To ensure that your home is ‘market ready’, please read these handy tips: 5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Sale and The Rule of the First 5 Seconds

Want more information about our discount and flat fee home selling programs? Please feel free to call our broker owner Stuart Neal at: 780-760-2014 or visit

This blog was first posted October 29th, 2016 amended and republished in October 2017.

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