Halloween may be spooky, but it shouldn’t turn your rental property into the scene of a horror movie. So how do you keep your rental from getting tricked instead of treated? Check out these Halloween tips for your rental!
Keep Things Lit
Proper outdoor lighting is important, even on All Hallow’s Eve. Make sure dimly lit areas are taken care of and discuss with your residents about the proper precautions to keep trick or treaters safe, such as lit pathways, porch lights, etc. The last thing you want to deal with is a little ghoul or ghost hurting themselves on your property.
Clear Common Areas
Tripping hazards are the main concern when it comes to checking the common areas. After all, kids aren’t going to watch where they’re going when the promise of candy is just a few obstacles away. Clear sidewalks, driveways, and walkways of trash and debris. Make sure your resident knows to put away any hoses, toys, or other tripping hazards that could spell disaster. And keep those trick-or-treaters safe by filling in any holes in your yard, as the lawn is also a path to collecting treats.
Like many holidays, pets can be wary of Halloween. Big costumes and ringing doorbells can set them on edge and cause even the friendliest pet to act out. Leave the teeth and claws to the movies, and make sure your residents know to keep Fluffy and Fido safe indoors and away from the Halloween chaos. Not only does this help prevent accidental bites, but it also helps ensure your pets don’t flee the haunted house amidst the chaos.
Insurance is Key
Even the safest haunted house can be the scene of an accident. Be sure to discuss the importance of renters’ insurance with your tenants. Now is also a good time to check your own policy to make sure you have the proper coverage.
While jack-o-lanterns and spooky candles are a must when it comes to Halloween décor, they pose a heightened fire safety risk. Forgotten candles can spell disaster, causing significant damage and threaten the safety of your residents and others. Talk to your residents about switching candles with LED lights or glowsticks and make sure all smoke and CO detectors are in working order.
Don’t Forget Your Vacant Properties
Make sure any vacant units are locked and secured. Turn the lights on to create the illusion someone’s home. You can even go the extra mile by leaving a bowl of candy on the porch for any wayward witches and goblins.
Your rental doesn’t have to transform into a nightmare this October. Make sure your residents, neighbors, and your investment are all protected with these Halloween tips for your rental. And most importantly, have fun! Trick or Treat!