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.
In this second post in our two-part series, Propman Property Management fields some of the more common questions we hear from our tenants. Be sure to read Part 1 for more insight into what tenants can and cannot do in their rental property.
I’ll Stay if You Don’t Raise the Rent!
Q: Tenants sometimes challenge us when it comes to lease renewal, telling us that they will stay in the property if we don’t raise the rent.
A: As a property management company, we must represent the interests of our client—the property owner—and seek to provide them the best value for their investment. We have to consider market values, time of year, increased tax burdens, etc. when making pricing decisions. Perhaps the property has had to have a number of repairs, or has increased in value. Our rental pricing must reflect any and all conditions.
May I Paint the Rooms?
Q: Once in a while tenants ask if they can paint the home’s interior to colors they like. “My daughter wants a purple bedroom.” Sometimes they want to do an accent wall or a single room; other times, they want to paint the entire house.
A: This question is answered on a case-by-case basis. We must check with our owner to get their opinion first. If we do allow you to paint, we require that you hire a professional painting company to return the walls to their original color when you leave, and provide us with the receipt as proof. If you do not repaint, or do not do it satisfactorily and we must use our own professional painter, the fee will most likely be taken from your security deposit. You are also liable for damage caused by spilled paint on floors, carpets or walls.
Can I Use My Own Washer and Dryer?
Q: Sometimes, especially with military relocations, tenants ask if they can install their own washer and dryer instead of using the equipment that is already in the home.
A: The problem here is that someone needs to remove the existing washer and dryer and find a place to store it. Most houses do not have an extra place for storage. It also can be detrimental for the equipment to sit for an extended period of time without being used. We must determine this answer on a case-by-case basis, checking with our property owner as well. It is best to ask this question up front, when applying for a rental lease.
This is Part 2 of our 2-part series.
Since we strive to create a positive experience for our tenants, and when possible, Propman Property Management will take your request under consideration and check with our property owner clients for their answers. If we cannot honor your request, we hope you understand. We must adhere to both legal requirements and our clients’ rules for their own properties.
If you are looking for a professional property management company in Northern Virginia, or a rental home, please contact Propman.
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