The holidays are just around the corner, and there’s still time to get your holiday outdoor lights up! Holiday lights add sparkling festiveness to your home, and if you are selling, it’s a great time to show your home. Potential buyers will be wowed by an array of outdoor lighting for the holidays. They can also provide some amazing curb appeal.
It should be every homeowner’s goal to be safe, practical, and wise when it comes to holiday outdoor lighting. And you can eliminate high electricity bills too! Here are some holiday outdoor lighting tips that can help you show off a magical home this holiday season:
Use safe outdoor lights. Be sure they are rated for outdoor use, and always use UL-approved extension cords. Check the lights before you put them up, and look for damaged or frayed cords which are a big safety hazard. Never use indoor lights for outdoors.
Choose lights that are waterproof. If they are waterproof, they will have a tag that is marked with underwriters lab (UL). This means the lights meet national industry standards with the American National Standards Institute.
Replace old lights with LED lighting. When replacing your holiday lights, choose LED light which waste less energy, exert less heat and more light, and help lower your electric bill.
Make use of landscape net lighting. If you want to light up the bushes and shrubs around your home, choose net lighting. They can easily be draped over the shrubs, and they look great.
Keep extension cords out of the way. The key is to prevent walking hazards. You can tape extension cords across walkways if they are too long. Avoid areas that are high-traffic, and make sure all cords are made for outdoor use.
Use a light clip to attach lights to gutters. An all-purpose light clip is a great way to hang all types of lights. You can also use a light clip to hang lights on shingles.
Use a timer. You can save money on your electricity bill by programming a timer that will turn the lights on and off each day according to the time you set. This will avoid leaving the lights on all night long and raising your energy costs. You can buy timers at a home improvement store.
Once you’ve hung up your holiday lights, step back and admire your work! With any luck, your home with be illuminated with wonderful holiday cheer, and you can be safe while saving money in the long run.
Even during the holiday season, serious home buyers have their eyes open for great property to purchase. Beautiful and tasteful holiday outdoor lighting is a great way to draw potential buyers in. To assist you in pricing your home to sell, you can get a free home valuation report from Neighborhood IQ and find out what your home is really worth.