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What is a Contingency?

  In my last blog I discussed what Pending means in Real Estate and I stated:   Anytime I say Pending, it means the house is under contract. Either with a contingency or not, the house is more than likely going to another buyer. It's just a matter of time until it closes and the new homeowner will be moving in. So what is a contingency?  Well a contingency in a contract is anything that must be first met to allow the sale to continue in the manner in which the contract was written. Most contracts have standard contingencies to include a home inspection, a financial contingency and an appraisal contingency. Other contingencies could include a home sale.  Home Inspection Contingency: This contingency allows the buyer to preform a home inspection (all home inspectors in the state of Virginia must have a license) and the buyer has the opportunity to ask for repairs in order for the contract to move forward. Sellers at this time can a couple of things. Repair all items Repair some it

Halloween Ghosts for Your Yard


I love Halloween. It is truly one of my favorite times of the year. I love to line crows up on the roof of my house, fill the yard with spiders and webs and put this in the front yard to illuminate the crisp nights that descend around here in the fall. 

Here is how to do it and to do it right. 

What You Need:

  • Cheap Plastic Drop Cloths: Calculate each ghost you will make and add one.
  • White paper or newspaper 
  • 6 or 8 Lengths of rebar- 3 to 4 feet high: How many ghosts you do will determine how many pieces of rebar you need. (Check your Local Hardware Store)
  • Clear packing tape
  • Yellow or Orange Christmas Type Lights
  • A Couple of Pieces of Wood

What to Do:

 1.  Hammer the rebar into the ground into a circle.

2. Cut lengths of drop cloth double the height you want your ghosts

3.  From the extra drop cloth cut out strips 4x12 you will use to tie at the necks around the rebar.

4.   Form the head by balling up paper and.  When you have a large enough ball place in center of stretched out drop cloth section.

5. Gather the  drop cloth and cover the paper forming a head like he is a lollipop.

6.  Place "head" on top of rebar and wrap packing tape around plastic to form neck.

7.  Gather at the waist area and tape again.  Your ghost will now look like a lollipop. 

8.  Cut several long strips of drop cloth to form arms. These are crisscrossed and tied around chest area. Then the hands with meet with the next ghost to meet and hold hands. 

9.  Place the logs in the center of the ghost and top with your colored lights. Plug in. 

The ghosts look amazing at night. One girl who lives down the street from us is so frightened she can't even look down our way. She is a teenager. Funny girl.



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