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Trick or Treat Test

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Hallowe’en is here and little ghouls and goblins are on their way…but are they are they on the way to your house? If they aren’t, you maybe failing the Trick or Treat test.  The Trick or treat test, originally used as an indicator of good urban planning, can also be applied for properties for sale.  A house that trick or treaters flock to usually has all of the hall marks that appeal to both kids and buyers alike. Brent Toderian, City Planning columnist  for CBC, discussed some of the things that make a house appeal to little princesses and Count Draculas. These same principles can also be used to increase street appeal to buyers.  First things first…can kids find the front door? Is it welcoming and well lit? Even on the scariest night of the year kids (and parents and potential home buyers) want somewhere safe and inviting.  Walkability is also key.  Is the neighbourhood affluent, well kept, with good lighting, safe streets.   This is often why people will pack up there kids and head to different neighbourhoods. How about the décor? While pumpkins, headstones, and scarecrows may not shout out I’m for sale, buy me, what the décor on Hallowe’en does say is that the yard is taken care of. It shows care and concern for the property, and also, in a neighbourhood that has many yards decorated, a sign of community.  At other times of the year, décor also plays an important part in street appeal for the would-be client.  Another good thing to remember from Trick or Treat test is what is going on at eye level – just remember, eye height for different kids is at different levels.  When putting up decorations, or getting your place ready to sell, is to look at your place from different angles and  make sure they are all looking good – or ghoulish as the case may be.