Many children look forward to Halloween-The one day they can dress up and collect as many candy & treats their hands will allow. At Guarantee, we want all of our neighborhoods to enjoy the festivities of Halloween, but we want to encourage safety as well. Below are three important safety tips to keep top of mind when handing out treats this year.
Use Lots of Lights and Avoid Using Candles
A dark home can tell people you’re not expecting visitors. It could also be an accident waiting to happen. Be sure to keep the pathway from the street to your door well-lit. A glowing jack-o’-lantern makes your home warm and welcoming to children, but using a candle to illuminate a pumpkin can be dangerous. Costumes and paper decoration are easily flammable, so instead of using a candle, use fun light-up decorations that are battery operated.
Keep Your Walkway Clear
The fall season produces lots of leaves. Remember to sweep away dirt, leaves, and branches from your driveway or sidewalk. Trick-or-treaters are usually too preoccupied by counting their candy to pay close attention to where they’re walking, so it’s important to inspect your yard for hazards. Be sure your yard and walkways are free of water hoses, sprinklers, and loose gravel. If your home has an irrigation system, turn the system off so your lawn and walkways have a chance to dry.
Use Your Garage
The night before Halloween can be full of mischief, and the night of Halloween can lead to a yard full of kids. If your car is left outside of the garage, it can be a target for pranks, accidental dents and scratches. Be sure to park your car inside of your garage. If you don’t have a garage, try to park your car in a place with low traffic.
Have a safe and fun Halloween from your friends at Guarantee Real Estate!
In this week’s Real Estate Minute (REM) with CEO, Andy Nazaroff, he explains the value of neighborhood parks. Did you know that Fresno has over 80 parks and trails? With so many to choose from who wouldn’t want to spend a lovely day in Central California?
Here are Just a Few Suggestions
Located in the heart of Woodward Park is the beautiful Shinzen Garden. This park is patterned after a group of ancient scrolls with a designed layout of all 4 seasons; Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. That being said, there is an ever changing experience that one feels when the garden is visited during different times of the year. To see the cherry blossoms in full bloom, you must visit in January because by February, the blossoms are gone. Click HERE to learn more about Shinzen Garden.
Inspiration Park is located in Northwest Fresno and is the first universally accessible park in Central California. The park offers a wide range of activities for all ages and abilities. It features a variety of sports, recreation areas, and a playground with low incline ramps. The swings are wheelchair accessible and the basketball hoops are adjustable to any skill and age level! For more information about this fun playground click HERE.
The benefit of living in the Central Valley is the plentiful, and convenient access to the great outdoors and the countless activities available to us with just a short drive. Hiking, skiing, water sports, mountain biking, and countless other outdoor activities are available to us all year round. The Buchanan neighborhood has a plethora of parks, and several trails that are easily accessible, shade-filled, and pet friendly. Click HERE to discover the enjoyment one can experience while walking on the Buchanan Neighborhood Trail.
Guarantee Real Estate has several neighborhood experts who are ready to assist you with all of your real estate needs. Head over to the Guarantee neighborhoods page to take a look at all of the available homes in every neighborhood.
To locate a Fresno city park or trail near you, click HERE.
I just love Spring time in Old Town Clovis. One of my favorite events that’s held every year is Big Hat Days.
Big Hat Days starts on the first weekend of every April, and the event serves as the kick-off celebration to a week-long rodeo experience. This event is one of the largest festivals in Central California, with over 125,000 attendees, and 400 food and crafts vendors.
Everyone is encouraged to wear a BIG elaborately decorated hat. The hats can be decorated to reflect your personality, or you may decorate them however you wish. Just make sure you are creative!
Big Hat Days is a perfect event to enjoy time spent with family, friends and loved ones. Make sure to mark your calendar for the first weekend in April. It’s going to be spectacular!
As you may have heard, Saturday, April 22nd was Earth Day. I have always felt that everyday should be Earth Day, but for now I will have to settle for at least one day of social media awareness. I will have to settle for at least one day of less littering, one day of more recycling, and one day of marching and tree-planting. With any luck, it will become contagious. One of my favorite things about living in the Central Valley is the plentiful, and convenient access to the great outdoors and the countless activities available to us with just a short drive. Hiking, skiing, water sports, mountain biking, and countless other outdoor activities are available to us all year round.
With all of the options within reach, sometimes we forget that we have beauty in our own backyard. As a resident, I believe Clovis is something special. There is an element of pride and a commitment to cleanliness that sometimes we take for granted. Our own Buchanan Neighborhood has a plethora of parks, and several trails that are easily accessible, shade-filled, and pet friendly. Today I felt the need to remind myself that sometimes you don’t even have to get in the car to experience the beauty of the nature that our city strives to uphold. So, I did what many of us Fitbit junkies do, I took a walk.
Beginning at Railroad Park, I ventured over to the Old Town Clovis Trail to cross Peach Avenue. I’ve been on all portions of this trail and Dry Creek Trail, but the section from Peach to Willow is my favorite. It’s wonderful being able to avoid traffic, all the while taking in the beautiful landscaping, and almost forgetting that you are still in the Valley! The bonus perk is that when you come out on the other side, you are directly behind the Parkway Trails Shopping Center! If you’re as fortunate as I was today, it will be just in time for lunch at Mr. Sushi–#2. Buchanan Roll anyone?
What are you waiting for? Get your kids, your dog, and your Fitbit and join me on the Clovis Trails!
I am so thankful to live in the Central Valley, but even more grateful for all of the benefits of our Buchanan Neighborhood. If you would like to make this area your home as well, contact one of Guarantee Real Estate’s Buchanan Experts today, and we can help you make your move.