Halloween Decorating Tips When Selling Your Vancouver Home

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 Halloween Decorating Tips When Selling Your Vancouver Home

You're selling your home, but you need to know the "trick" to great curb appeal during this fun but frightful Halloween season?  Well, you're in for a "treat"!  As a Vancouver Home Stager, I'm happy to impart my spin on decorating or staging for Halloween, while still having your house for sale. 

It's all about "less is more", or how far you can take a holiday theme like Halloween when creating great curb appeal.  What ever you do, avoid headstones, skeletons, ghouls, guillotines, headless mannequins and grim reapers.  Stay away from the crime scene tape!  Using my own home as an example, lets see how you can decorate or stage your home for sale's curb appeal, without taking all the fun out of Halloween! 

HERE IS THE "AFTER" PHOTO AFTER THIS VANCOUVER HOME STAGER WAS DONE!

Decorating for Halloween - curb appeal

Instead of using traditional fall colours, I chose to decorate/stage for Halloween in a more sophisticated manner.  Instead of using orange and black, I opted for white, black and green.  Yes, there are pumpkins, but they are downplayed.  The shape is recognizable, but this doesn't scream Halloween.  I'd also like to mention that my house really needs some painting.  If I were really to put my house up for sale, I would have given the exterior a nice, fresh coat of paint, scrubbed away all the green growth, and repainted the steps and decking.  However, the temperature has dropped, and it has rained so much here, that painting is not an option right now.  Also, stay away from the "Go Away" or "Boo!" door mats, and instead opt for a friendly "Welcome" Mat.  This mat with black writing fits perfectly with the black, white and green theme.

HERE'S THE "BEFORE" PHOTO:  Not too inspiring for home buyers.  Let's up the curb appeal and capture the home buyer's heart!  Don't worry, we won't be putting it in a jar...

Decorating for Halloween - curb appeal

So what did I do to decorate the entry for Halloween?  Here's the process:

Decorating for Halloween - curb appeal

Here are the materials for the urns. 

2 Plastic urns from RONA (or any hardware store)

A can of black spray paint

Greenery (in Vancouver evergreens are everywhere).  I took the dog for a walk in the woods and collected branches that had blown down.

2 Pumpkins

Leftover white paint

Paint brush and rolled up shirt sleeves

 

 

 

Decorating for Halloween - curb appeal

Go outside and spray paint the urns.  Make sure you spray in a well-ventilated area!

Decorating for Halloween - curb appeal

Now you can go back inside and paint your orange pumpkins white.  Make sure that your pumpkins are big enough to fit in the urns.  I actually placed a couple of boxes in the urns and propped the pumpkins on top.  Try to find pumpkins that are pretty equal in size.  These are close enough.

Decorating for Halloween - curb appeal

Here is a close up of one of the urns.  Insert the greenery around the pumpkin.  I added a black crow, a lantern with a battery operated candle inside, and some white mini pumpkin gourds.

Decorating for Halloween - curb appeal


I wanted to make a wreath for the front door.  I love black doors, so you might want to think about painting your front door black.  There's something European and very classy about a black front door. I found the instructions for this wreath at Crafty Endevor's Blog!

Here are the materials for the wreath:

3 feather boas and black, fabric, wired  ribbon from Michael's

Insulation tubing for pipes, found at Home Depot.  I got this idea from a wonderful blog.  Instead of paying $13 for a wreath form, I paid $1.79!






Decorating for Halloween - curb appeal

Twist the tube into a circle, and tape the ends with masking or duct tape where the ends meet.  Wrap the circle with the feather boas.  I just taped the ends to the back with more masking tape.

Decorating for Halloween - curb appeal

It's hard to see in the photo, but I tied the black ribbon into a bow, and also added a black crown.  You can hang the wreath with a wreath hanging hook instead of driving nails into the front door!

Decorating for Halloween - curb appeal


Materials for flower box:

Unpainted wooden flower box from RONA hardware store

Planter box hanger

All purpose primer that I had kicking around at home

Black, semi gloss exterior paint

Ornamental cabbages (don't eat these!)

Potting soil

 

 

 

 

Decorating for Halloween - curb appeal

Run back inside - it's getting chilly out there! Prime the flower box, then put 2 coats of the black semi gloss exterior paint.  Let dry.

Decorating for Halloween - curb appeal

Here's the completed flower box with seasonal ornamental cabbages.  Again, we carried the white, green and black colour scheme, and added another crow for a bit of whimsy and a subtle nod to Halloween.

Decorating for Halloween - curb appeal

Here's a view of my home, encompassing the flower box, urns and wreath. 

Of course, since we've already had Thanksgiving, our next major holiday is Christmas.  It would be very easy to change the black bow to silver, remove the pumpkins from the urns and add Christmas balls, pine cones, and red berriesRemove all the black crows, and add silver balls and sticks to the ornamental cabbage. 

I hope you enjoyed these Halloween Decorating Tips When Selling Your Vancouver, B.C. Home.

 

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Re-Blogged 3 times:

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  2. Richard Yates 11/04/2012 12:02 AM
  3. Kristine Ginsberg 11/04/2012 04:47 AM
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Rainmaker
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Karen Otto
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Indeed he is along with his wife with a nearby cauldron that will be smoking with dry ice on Halloween night. I have photos on my FB page =]

Oct 28, 2012 07:54 AM #17
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Karen - Oh, what fun!  Ok, I'm off to check out your FB page!  Mwaaa Haaa Haaaa Haaaa!!!!

Oct 28, 2012 07:58 AM #18
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Malcolm Johnston
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Trenton Real Estate

These are some very spooktacular ideas Sally, I've never seen a white pumpkin before (or a wreath made out of feather boas, now that I think of it). your imagination must be working overtime for holidays. I can't wait to see what you're going to come up with for Christmas (less than 60 days away).

Oct 28, 2012 11:42 PM #19
Rainmaker
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Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Sally, you really have a great eye! The white pumpkins really pop and I love the feather boa for the wreath-your creativity is extraordinary! I've been too busy with LIFE to participate in this but it's so much fun seeing the creativity from AR and you are on top!

Oct 29, 2012 12:19 AM #20
Rainmaker
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Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
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Hi Sally...What a Great post for everyone to get practical tips to dress up your homes Curb appeal for Halloween

Well Done, Great Photos!! Suggest Suggest :O))

Oct 29, 2012 02:08 AM #21
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Malcolm - Hey, look at what I found:  A Count Down to Christmas!  As of right now, there are 56 days, 13 hours, 28 minutes and 41 seconds to Christmas - yikes! 

Although I refuse to think about Christmas until Halloween is over.  I find it so jarring to walk into the local stores, and see the Halloween merchandise shoved over to one side on the "for sale" table, and Christmas trees, bows and garlands, all displayed front and centre - it's so wrong!  Ok, that's my rant for today...

Joanna - I know that your life is upside down right now with the kitchen reno - hope things are moving along!  I've been busy too, but it was so nice to spend a couple of days giviing myself permission to "craft" - soooo satisfying.

Fred - Thanks so much Fred, and I hope you enjoy the upcoming flower show in Victoria!  I'm hoping for a follow up post from you with lots of photos...

Oct 29, 2012 03:35 AM #22
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
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Sally, Mortisha would be proud of you LOL! I like your sophisticated approach!

Oct 30, 2012 05:24 AM #23
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
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Janice - Ha ha!  Wouldn't that be wonderful to have Lurch opening the door on Halloween night!

Oct 30, 2012 05:49 AM #24
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John Pusa
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Sally - Very beautiful Exit home staging. Thanks for the information about home staging talent contest stage two

Nov 04, 2012 01:48 AM #25
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Thanks, John, this has been a fun exercise.

Nov 04, 2012 02:09 AM #26
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Sally,

I saw Kristine re-blogged your post and love what you did to artfully decorate for Halloween! Great work!!

Nov 04, 2012 06:59 AM #27
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Dorie - Thanks so much for stopping by!  Kristine was so sweet to reblog this post.  She's been such a wonderful support and a great Stager in her own right.

Nov 04, 2012 07:09 AM #28
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Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Sally - instructive and inspiring. I appreciate the effort you have put into you post. I am glad I found it.

Nov 04, 2012 08:44 AM #29
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Larry - Thanks so much - I appreciate your input and I'm glad you this post, too!  All the best.

Nov 04, 2012 08:54 AM #30
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Margaret Gehr
Chicagoland Home Staging LLC - Naperville, IL

loved this Sally!! I read the instructions twice and put to memory. Hope to see you in January

Nov 06, 2012 10:56 PM #31
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Margaret - Great to see you here!  Glad you paid attention to the instructions - there will be a test later...  Ha ha!  Oh yes, I'll be in San Francisco in January - yippee!

Nov 07, 2012 12:27 AM #32
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Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

It was simple and yet tasteful, exactly the look you were going for. Congrats.

Nov 08, 2012 11:33 AM #33
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Jill - Thanks!  So glad you liked the look!

Nov 08, 2012 11:39 AM #34
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Valerie - Thanks so much Valerie, and you're always a huge support!  I think the black crows really stood out nicely on the white pumpkins. 

Apr 12, 2013 02:44 AM #36
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John Jamesen

Great ideas perfect for adding curb appeal we appreciate the tips - Your friends at http://www.ChristmasCountdown.org

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