Archive for October, 2018

How to Enjoy a Safe Halloween in the Neighborhood

Friday, October 26th, 2018

Safe HalloweenHalloween may or may not be your thing, and for some very valid reasons. But it is a favorite “holiday” for many because:

And if you do plan to enjoy it, plan to make it a safe Halloween.

How You Can Make it a Safe Halloween

With so many out and about enjoying Halloween in the neighborhood, there are some things you can and should do to make it safe and lots of fun, too.

See and be seen in the dark

  • Choose costumes that are bright and reflective
  • Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags
  • Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries installed
  • Instead of wearing a mask, opt to wear non-toxic makeup and a hat
  • Make your route on well-lit streets only and always use the sidewalk
  • If it happens your trick-or-treating route has no sidewalk, walk at the far edge of the side of the road facing traffic

 If you wear it, wear it safely

  • Shoes should fit well and costume length should be short enough to prevent tripping
  • Masks, hats, wigs, and accessories should fit properly so they won’t slide over your eyes
  • Costume and costume accessory labels should indicate they are flame resistant
  • Swords, canes, or sticks should not be sharp or too long. You don’t want your trick-or-treater getting hurt if they happen to stumble or trip.
  • Avoid pain, inflammation, serious eye disorders, infections, and possibly permanent vision loss. (Now that’s scary!) Only wear decorative contact lenses that have been prescribed for you. They are dangerous and illegal if worn without a prescription.

Know your numbers and plan your routes

  • Everybody needs to know how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) in case of an emergency or if someone gets lost
  • Carry a fully-charged cell phone with you
  • Plan and review a safe route with your trick-or-treaters
  • If your trick-or-treaters are older and going out without an adult, know their route and set a specific time when they should be home
  • Never go trick-or-treating by yourself. Stay in a group and always communicate where you are going.

While you’re out and about

  • Parents or responsible adults should always accompany young trick-or-treaters
  • Never get into a car or walk into a home to get Halloween candy
  • Visit only homes that have their porch light turned on
  • Never cut across yards or use alleys
  • Cross streets in groups and in crosswalks only, not from between parked cars or out of driveways, not ever
  • Always assume motorists cannot see you. Never cross in front of a car until you are sure they see you and have come to a full and complete stop
  • If you see any suspicious or unlawful activity, notify your law enforcement authorities immediately

What to do at home to make it a safe Halloween

  • Instead of carving pumpkins, let young children draw a face on pumpkins with markers. Mom and Dad, you can carve the pumpkin faces for them
  • Flashlights, tiny Christmas lights, or glow sticks can be used in place of a candle inside your pumpkins. But if you choose to use a candle though, a votive candle is safest.
  • Never leave a candlelit pumpkin unattended or near curtains or flammable objects
  • Remove tripping hazards (garden hoses, toys, bikes, lawn decorations) from your porch or the pathway to your front door
  • Replace burned out bulbs in your outdoor lights
  • Remove wet leaves or snow that could cause trick-or-treaters to slip and injure themselves
  • Kennel your pets to keep them and trick-or-treaters safe

Sweet “safely” on Halloween

  • Send your trick-or-treaters on their way to pick up treats (aka sugar) with a good meal in their bellies. This will prevent them from filling their empty tummies with Halloween treats. (Talk about a sugar high/rush! Oh dear!)
  • And if you don’t want to contribute to the onslaught of sugar, consider purchasing coloring books, pens, pencils, or games
  • When trick-or-treaters arrive home, closely examine their loot. Throw away spoiled, unwrapped, or anything that looks suspicious to you.
  • Ration the candy loot over the days and weeks following Halloween

There is a lot of fun to be had around Halloween, especially for our kids. But don’t be a pumpkin head. Strategize and prepare as needed to make this Halloween a safe Halloween for your kids, your pets, and everyone who combs the neighborhood for treats.

Click here for other Halloween events happening in our Brooklyn neighborhood. Although some of these 25 events started as early as the 22nd of October, many are still happening on the 31st.

Have a safe Halloween!

Charles D’Alessandro, your Brooklyn Real Estate Agent with Fillmore Real Estate knows Brooklyn. Call (718) 253-9600 ext.206 or email [email protected] and ask him where the best homes in the best Brooklyn neighborhoods are today.



Brooklyn Real Estate Agent

 Charles D’Alessandro

Your Brooklyn Real Estate Agent

718-253-9600 ext. 206

Charle[email protected]

What are the Advantages of Virtual Home Staging?

Monday, October 15th, 2018
Virtual home staging

Virtual home staging offers two advantages over traditional home staging: time and cost

Home staging is nothing new. And staging your home for sale is remarkably beneficial. It’s also necessary if you want to sell your home quickly because today’s market is much more challenging than it used to be. You may already be aware of traditional home staging. But have you ever heard of virtual home staging?

What is Traditional Home Staging?

Wikipedia defines it as “the act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property more swiftly and for more money. Staging techniques focus on improving a property’s appeal by transforming it into a welcoming, attractive product that anyone might want. People usually use arts, painting, accessories, lights, greenery, and carpet to stage the home, to give potential buyers a more attractive first impression of the property.”

2 Types of Traditional Home Staging

There are two types of traditional home staging:

  1. Owner-occupied staging – seller is living in the home while it is on the market; stager uses the homeowner’s belongings to prepare the home for sale
  2. Vacant staging – the most expensive for sellers; stager rents furniture and accessories to dress up an empty space

How Does Home Staging Benefit the Seller?

Many confuse staging with decorating. And many fight against the process and recommendations of their home stager because the process calls for detachment. It requires detaching yourself emotionally from your home. But if you know the benefits of staging your home for sale, the transformation of your home with home staging is fun.

  • Potential buyers can picture your home as their home more easily
  • Home staging sells your home faster, 75 percent faster than homes that are not
  • You can get a better price for the sale of your home

The job of a home stager is to present your home in its best possible light. They work with what you have, rearranging and reallocating. Sometimes they instruct you to move or pack or store furniture. And sometimes they even bring in furniture and decorations to enhance the selling points of your home.

So don’t cause your home stager grief. Work with them. Your home stager has the biggest benefit at heart, to sell your home quickly and for the best price.

What is Virtual Home Staging?

Now that you know what home staging is and the benefits it provides to you as a home seller, what is virtual home staging, and how does that work?

Virtual home staging creates digital, realistic images of furniture in graphic editors and adds them to empty rooms in your home for sale. This helps potential buyers to better visualize your home and the spaces inside it once they’re furnished. This is extremely helpful to potential buyers when used in brochures or flyers. Potential buyers are able to view rooms empty and compare those empty rooms when they are furnished digitally.

Benefits of Virtual Home Staging

In addition to the benefits of traditional home staging, there are two major advantages that virtual home staging has over traditional home staging: time and cost.

  • Empty listings that are stuck on the market sell quickly after virtual home staging
  • Virtual home staging is more than ninety percent less expensive than traditional home staging
  • Your listing is more professionally represented and generates more interest when it is staged virtually

BoxBrownie.com offers competitive rates for professional virtual home staging. Their outputs are photorealistic, so you aren’t able to tell whether a property is physically staged or not.

Every home can benefit from some form of staging. And you can be as involved as you want depending on your needs and budget.

And although professional is inconvenient and a bit unnerving, selling your home in the shortest amount of time and for the most money is worth it.

Is your home empty? Has it been sitting on the market for a while? Want it to sell quickly? Call Charles D’Alessandro, your Brooklyn Real Estate Agent with Fillmore Real Estate at (718) 253-9600 ext.206 or email [email protected]. He will advise you on virtual home staging and give you an action plan to follow to move your home from “For Sale” to SOLD!



Brooklyn Real Estate Agent

 Charles D’Alessandro

Your Brooklyn Real Estate Agent

718-253-9600 ext. 206

[email protected]