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Guarantee Home Safety Tips for Halloween

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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!

A Guarantee Home Buyers Tip

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When you first purchase a home, the initial thought is to change the vibe and decor so that it feels more appealing to you. It’s common to make a list of “things to do” such as; paint the walls and install new carpet. While these activities seem practical, we don’t want you to forget about what’s most important.

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What’s the First Thing a Home Buyer Should do After the Purchase of a Home?
You’d be surprised to know that some home buyers aren’t aware of the necessity to change the locks BEFORE moving in. In fact, not only should the locks be changed, but the following should be updated as well:

Check All Enterance Codes;Check Garage Openers;Check Safe Combinations

You have no idea who the previous homeowners shared access codes with. Furthermore, peace of mind and security are priceless when it comes to the enjoyment of your new home!

Guarantee Good Will Network Donates $25,800

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The Guarantee Good Will Network  is proud to have helped make the Central Valley a better place to call home by donating $25,800 to local non-profits during the first half of 2016.   The Guarantee Good Will Network is funded by contributions from Guarantee Real Estate, their real estate agents, and employees.

Donations were made to:

Community Food Bank – $10,800

Valley Dream Center’s new transitional living home – $3,000

Boys and Girls Club – $1,500

American Red Cross – $1,500

Marjaree Mason Center – $1,000

Valley Animal Center – $1,000

Sierra Foothill Conservancy – $1,000

Pregnancy Care Center – $1,000

Shaver Lake Museum – $1,000

Neighborhood Watch’s Citizens on Patrol program – $1,000

Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) – $1,000

San Joaquin River Parkway – $1,000

Forward Fresno for the renovation of Playland – $1,000

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