City-Wide Trick-Or-Treating!

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Our office is participating in the City-Wide trick-or-treating event. We can’t wait to see all the children dressed up in their costumes on October 31st.
We will be handing out candy from 3:00-5:00 pm. Businesses that have orange balloons will be handing out treats!
Visit The Lynden Chamber of Commerce to find out more information on all upcoming community events!
Rita Rudner
Halloween was confusing. All my life my parents said, “Never take candy from strangers.” And then they dressed me up and said, “Go beg for it.” I didn’t know what to do! I’d knock on people’s doors and go, “Trick or treat.” “No thank you.”

Your Home’s Fall Checklist

Today’s the first day of Fall! We hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather. Fall is the perfect time to spruce up your home. Try tackling this Checklist before the weather changes!
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Get your mind in the gutters. Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts.
Button up your overcoat. Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk.
Get on top of roof problems. Inspect your roof for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents.
Walk the walks (and drive). Take steps to repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps.
Chill out. Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.
Freshen your filter. Clean or replace dirty furnace filters.
Give your furnace a physical. Have a professional inspect your heating system.
Gather round the hearth. Check fireplaces for soot or creosote build-up. Better yet, schedule a visit from a reputable chimney sweep.

8 HOME SELLING TIPS FOR FALL


When listing your home during the fall, there are a few things to keep in mind to keep your home looking fresh regardless of the weather outside.

1. As fall weather descends, leaves fall and plants turn in for the winter. We recommend a weekly landscaping tidy-up of the yard and plant beds, removing any dead foliage and raking the ground. In the event of a windstorm, additional yard tidying may be necessary.

2. A clean roof is imperative for making the buyer feel comfortable in the stability of the home. Therefore, it is also recommended that leaves and other debris are regularly cleared off.

3. Since it is getting darker earlier, lighting is even more important. Outdoor lighting can be a great way to enhance the curb appeal of your home. Home improvement stores usually have outdoor lighting on sale or clearance this time of year and a small investment in a hard-wired system can provide quite an impact.

4. Unless you will be setting the stage for each showing, we recommend keeping the lights on throughout the day. Although this may add a few dollars to your electric bill, in our experience this pays off in a quicker sale.

5. Although you may keep more heat in your house by closing blinds, and curtains, resist the urge to do so during the day. Buyers need to feel that a home is open and bright.

6. In order to keep your house smelling fresh and clean, opening the windows once a week on a sunny day can circulate the air. Changing the filters in the furnace or using a carpet freshener may also help although avoid strong-smelling air fresheners as many buyers are sensitive to these strong smells.

7. Resist the urge to turn the thermostat during the day. Adjusting to below 68 degrees can make the home viewing experience uncomfortable which is not conductive to a home sale.

8. If bringing out your winter clothes has your closet looking packed, consider removing some of the bulkier items to provide some breathing room. An overstuffed closet sends the message that it is not big enough to hold a household’s belongings, so you are better to store lesser-used items offsite while the home is listed.

There are many advantages to selling during the fall and winter months – with less inventory buyers are more serious about finding the right home and homes that stand out and look fresh will get attention. If you are considering selling your home, please give the Muljat Group Realtors® a call: 360.354.4242

EXPERIENCE FALL FUN IN WHATCOM COUNTY

Fall is such a beautiful time of year in Whatcom County!

Front Street in beautiful, downtown, Lynden, Washington.
If you have never visited Stoney Ridge Farm in Everson, Washington you better do so because this is their final 2015 harvest season after 25 years of celebrating!

They have the largest pumpkin patch in the county! Take the whole family as they would truly enjoy taking a hay ride to the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin. The farm animals are a hoot to watch especially the funny goats leaping and walking on the overhead ramps! The home made pumpkin and gooey caramel apple pies are so yummy! To quench your thirst the fresh-pressed pasteurized cider is amazing. You can even harvest some fresh crisp apples as they have u-pick apples. The farm is really the picture perfect setting for the photographer in your family!

Be festive this season and visit Whatcom County Fall Activities
Happy Fall to you and your family from The Muljat Group Realtors®!

FALL GARDENING

It sure doesn’t feel like Fall is just around the corner in Whatcom County. We have had a record breaking summer with the number of days over 80 degrees. However, the first day of fall is September 23, and if your flower baskets are fading you may be thinking of what to plant next. For the perfect late-season bloomer, you can’t go wrong with fall mums. Mums really are the divas of the autumn garden. The blooms last for weeks, and the sheer number of flowers per plant will convince anyone that this flower really likes to show off. Mums are perfect for mass plantings, because of the tight, mounded habit and stunning bloom cover. Garden mums make great container plants. To learn more about the blooms, please read:
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Your front door creates a first impression for buyers and guests. Some seller’s stage and prep the interior of their homes but often neglect the front door. Mum’s aren’t as expensive as many perennials. Pots of colorful mums placed by the front door offers a quick splash of color. Mums are the pick for a fabulous fall!