Tis the season! Whether you respect the turkey or are already knee deep in tinsel, the time to decorate is upon us and there is no denying that a house decked out in holiday lights is a beautiful sight. For many, the task of adorning your house with tiny bulbs is a daunting. Here are some tips for making your house a holiday home:
Let There Be Light
There is nothing worse than getting hours into a project only to find a problem. The same goes for stringing lights! Plug them all in and check for burnt out bulbs before you start the hanging process. It seems obvious but a quick double check could save you a big headache!
White (Light) Christmas
If new lights are in your budget, LED is the way to go. They have become much cheaper in recent years and allow you to string together more lights than traditional lights would. Added bonus: you’ll also take less of a hit on your electricity bill.
As your working towards your Griswold moment, it’s tempting to cut corners. But be mindful of keeping your family safe with a few considerations. The biggest concern is not overloading outlets. With LED lights, you can usually plug in multiple strands. Using traditional lights mean you will tap out at three. Additionally, make sure your extension cords are safe for outdoor use. If you have inflatables, anchor them to the ground–no one wants Santa showing up on their neighbor’s doorstep ahead of schedule.
It’s the Most Wonderful TIME of the Year
See what we did there? But in all seriousness, a timer will insure you get the most out of your holiday display–you don’t have to schlep outside in the cold to turn them off. You won’t pay to have them run all night, either. Timers can range from the super fancy–controlled by Alexa–to a simple device that plugs into your outdoor outlet. You can also take the guesswork out of it by using a light sensing timer.
Deck the Halls–so It Stays
Choosing the right fasteners for your lights is a matter of what material your exterior is made of. If your exterior is wood, staples are an easy option so long as you don’t mind the tiny holes they’ll leave behind. Vinyl or aluminum siding calls for an adhesive option, like Command hooks. If you’re working with gutters, specific clips are made for those.
Or….Just Hire an Elf
If all else fails, you can always outsource the work. Companies that deck your halls for you are on the rise. As we become busier and busier, particularly during the holiday season, bringing someone in to climb the ladder and string the lights can help you relax and enjoy your family. But be prepared–it comes with a hefty price tag–often $10-30 per strand.