You can tell that Christmas is right around the corner just by looking at all the cheerful faces that greets you, the smell of hot cocoa and freshly baked cookies, and most especially the houses are all lit in celebration of the holidays. If you want your home to give the same festive vibe to everyone that sees it then you should know how to hang Christmas lights properly. If this is your first time putting up lights on your home then it can be quite daunting, but if you follow the tips that are given in this article you will soon make your entire house look like it jumped out of a Christmas card.
Tip No.1 - Safety First
Before you even hang Christmas lights on the outside of your house you should check first if they are working properly, it would be extremely frustrating if you found out that a lot of the lights are all burned out right after you have painstakingly hanged them. Before you plug the lights in, you first need to check of the wires are all in good condition, see if there are no knots, no exposed copper wiring, and if there are no burnt portions. If you are not all that proficient when it comes to anything electrical then you better have an electrician check your lights out, or just buy a new string of lights if the ones you own are a bit old.
And when you actually hang Christmas lights, be sure that you are using a sturdy ladder planted firmly in the ground so that it will not wobble. It is also a good idea to have a helper on ground level so that you do not have to go up and down the ladder every time you need something from your tool box or if you accidentally drop anything.
Tip No.2 - Follow the Outline of Your House
Most people just hang lights along the eaves of their roof, but if you truly want your house to shine (literally), you should also put lights along all its outer edges. Place lights along the outer edges of the walls, around the door jamb, and also on the roof. Doing so will make your house look like it is all outlined in lights.
Tip No.3 - Light the Plants and Bushes Around the House as Well
Your house should not be the only thing in your property that get lit up, to really give your home that great Christmastime feeling you should also place lights on the plants and trees around your house too. Use LED lights for your plants, these lights burn cooler than regular bulbs so they will not harm your plants. You can also line up some lights along the pathway leading to your front door as well, this will give your house a more welcoming feel if you do.
By using these tips on how to properly hang Christmas lights you can give a real holiday atmosphere that you and your family and friends will surely enjoy.