How to pick the PERFECT PUMPKIN...

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Last weekend I held an open house at a gorgeous home for sale in Frisco. On the way, I decided to stop off and get a pumpkin to help greet my potential buyers. It took far longer than I wanted because I was searching for that "Perfect Pumpkin."  Whether you're shopping at a pumpkin patch or a neighborhood store, the search criteria should be the same. Here are a few tips to help you find one that is just right for you. 

1. Know the design you are going to carve before you go looking for a pumpkin. Think about which shape would best suit your design...tall and narrow or flat and round?

2. Find a smooth, evenly colored pumpkin. 

3. Remember to pick pumpkins up from the bottom, not from the stem as they can break off.

4. Make sure the pumpkin is firm, not soft in any way, and be sure to look over the entire pumpkin. Do not choose a pumpkin with any bruises, cuts, scratches or signs of mold. If you'll be using stencils, stay away from those with dents as well.

5. If you are going to use the insides for baking, look for smaller "sugar" pumpkins.

6. Find a pumpkin that has a hollow sound when you knock on it.

7. Make sure to stand the pumpkin upright by itself away from the other pumpkins to see how it will fare on it's own. If it doesn't sit level, you will end up having to prop it up and that could be dangerous if you want to put candles in it.

8. Handle With Care! Be careful not to slam your pumpkin down on the table or let it roll around in the back and get all banged up. Bruises inevitably shorten the life of a pumpkin.

9. Maintain your pumpkins by keeping them in a cool, dry place.

For those who don't know, pumpkins are members of the winter squash family, and can last quite a while in storage. For this reason you may want to draw a face on them for the weeks before Halloween, then carve them the week of, as it is only when they're carved that they begin to deteriorate rapidly.


--Our goal in maintaining this blog is to provide you with valuable information, tips, and general insight for buyers, sellers and investors in the Dallas Texas real estate market. If you choose to use Exceptional Realty Services, feel free to call us anytime, we'd be honored to help. We can assist you with the process of finding a home, help with getting a loan, information for relocation, listing and selling your home, investment tips and toolsforeclosure assistance, and short sale information.


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