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Decorating Ideas for the Holidays

In Buyers, Homeowners by Doug Phelps

The holidays and year-end are quickly approaching!  If you haven’t already, now is a wonderful time to decorate the house for incoming guests and upcoming festivities.  Some homeowners view decorating for the holidays as an exciting rite of passage and one more way to truly feel at home, while other homeowners don’t want to be bothered with the process.  No matter where you find yourself on the spectrum, there can be some fun ways to make your home look festive no matter your time-constraints or budget.

Putting Up Lights

Nothing says holidays like hanging lights in the yard and brightening up the neighborhood.  (One of the most fun things my family and I like to do around the holidays is to take off in the car and cruise neighborhoods to see the beautifully strung lights and decorated yards.)  There are many kinds of lights to choose from depending on your tastes and your home aesthetic including icicles, multi-colored lights, white lights, flashing lights or color changing LED lights.  

If you have a ladder and the time, you can hang your own lights or you can also hire a company that specializes in decorating and light hanging.

Outdoor Decorations

Aside from lights, the outdoor decoration options are endless and up to you and your creativity! Things like inflatable decorations can turn your yard into a winter wonderland with cute characters like penguins and bears.  You can opt to have a large inflatable decoration or a smaller one.  Some yard decorations and lights can also come with musical and motion-activated options for extra fun.  

If you live in a neighborhood that has HOA covenants, keep in mind if there are rules and regulations that prohibit certain decorations, so be aware.

Indoor Decorations

The most common type of decorations are indoor as many people choose to just keep the festivities inside and not fight the cold to put them up.  Depending on the holiday a family is celebrating, there are many options for decorations indoors since there is no worry about damaging elements.  Indoor decorating ideas include winter villages, snowman scenes, indoor light shows, candles (battery-powered is great for safety), spiral decorations and banners.

Decoration Storage

After the holidays are set and a new year is upon us, think about where your larger decorations will go.  Good storage places will be in a basement, garage, crawl space or even a rented storage space if the decorations are large.  Store them safely in an appropriate temperature so they’ll be good for use next year.  

Happy holidays from Doug Phelps and team! Are you in the market to buy or sell your home?  Call and text me at (720) 323-4176 or email me at [email protected]

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