It is the time of year that many people like to spruce up the outside of their home with lights, decorations, and other festivities to celebrate the season. This can be a tough thing to tackle without a bit of foresight, so we put together a few basic tips to help you with your light hanging this year. Hopefully, your experience will go smoothly and no accidents will land anyone in the hospital!
Get a vision.
The first thing you should do when you are thinking about hanging exterior holiday lights on your home and around your yard is to figure out what you want it to look like. Consider the different types of bulbs, colors, and light strands that you can purchase, as well as how many you will need. Draw it out if you like so you can follow a plan to keep things simple. Know the measurements of your house so you can plan for the lights and lengths of strands you need as well. Don’t forget to consider power sources. You don’t want to blow the breakers for the house when you plug in the lights.
Get the materials you need.
Once you know what you want your lights to look like, you will need to get them (or use the ones you already have), as well as supplies to hang them. Some people use small nails to hold the lights in place, but you can choose a less permanent option if you like. Make sure to find a sturdy and trustworthy ladder that you will be placing on secure ground to ensure safety while hanging your lights. It is a good idea to have someone with you at all times you are up on a ladder in case of emergencies.
Begin hanging your lights.
You have your plan, you have your supplies, and now you are ready to begin hanging your lights and making your plan come to life. Secure your light strands to your house, wrap them around banisters or trees, and make your lawn come to life with the seasonal spirit. Make the occasion a family activity or have a friend over to keep you company while you do it.
Celebrate a job well done.
Once all the lights are strung about and secured, you get the satisfaction of plugging them in and seeing your lawn and home come to life with festivity. Once you come in out of the cold, have some hot chocolate or coffee to warm you up and enjoy the warmth of all the fun and happiness the holiday season brings.
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