Best Tips for Decorating Your Home This Season

    As we place our pumpkins out at the curb and start digging out the old holiday decoration bins, homeowners near and far will begin to deck the halls. Even though our turkeys have yet to hit the table yet, we think it’s fair to start gearing up for your holiday décor now. In this two-part blog, we’ll give you some of the best tips out there to make sure that you make the most of this festive time of year.

    We’re going to work from the outside in and go through the best tips for the outside of your home. There’s something about driving up to your house during the holiday season and seeing those twinkly lights flicker and that holiday wreath shine. So let’s dig in.

    #1 Safety First

    We’re going to start it off with some safety reminders here. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) statistics indicate that 30% of all home fires and 38% of home fire deaths occur during the months of December, January, and February. On top of that, about 5,800 individuals are treated annually in hospital emergency rooms for injuries sustained from falls involving holiday decorations.

    So please remember to:

    • Use a good ladder when installing your lights
    • Avoid installing lights on trees that come in contact with power lines
    • Turn off your lights before you go to bed at night (saves money too)
    • Make sure extension cords are rated for outdoor use and keep them above ground, snow, and water
    • Use waterproof lights that meet national industry standards (NEVER use indoor lights outdoors)

    #2 Keep Your Electricity Bill Down

    Nothing spoils the holiday season more than seeing your electric bill skyrocket. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to light up your house this season without breaking the bank.

    If you’re looking to keep costs down this year, try:

    • Using LED lights (They use 90 percent less electricity than regular lights)
    • Either using an automatic timer or manually turning the lights off before you go to bed at night (helps keep you safer as well)
    • Going Solar! Solar-powered holiday lights are readily available and are an excellent way to use renewable energy

    #3 Go Beyond the Lights

    A lot of people tend to simply string some lights, hang a wreath, and call it a day. There are so many fun and easy ways you can add some extra cheer to your house this year.

    Here are a few easy ideas:

    • Put some oversized ornaments on your trees
    • Create a “Holiday corner” on your entryway using festive planters and outdoor statues
    • Fill some outdoor lanterns with ornaments
    • Spruce up your mailbox with some green fern and a red bow
    • Have a window sill to fill? Try adding some of those oversized ornaments on there as well!
    • Don’t forget the garland. If you have a porch or a bannister, take a little time and a lot of greenery to wrap your home with some festive greenery

    #4 Use Rustic Décor

    Keeping with the trend, there are plenty of beautiful and simple outdoor decorations you can use to give your home that warm, rustic feel. You don’t always need to have a blowup army of holiday characters on your front lawn to get in the holiday spirit, after all. Green garland and natural wreaths can give a simple and elegant holiday feel to your home. This can be especially helpful for those homeowners who also have a “For Sale” sign out on their lawn this season. Green garland may be boring to some, but it is truly a classic touch that will make any house feel like a home.

    #5 Find a Unique Holiday Wreath

    Christmas wreaths can have a lot more than a bow and some holly. While we love the classic look, this is an excellent opportunity for you to add some unique character to your home without going overboard.

    Some fun options include:

    • A square wreath for a more modern feel
    • Magnolia leaves for an understated update
    • A white rose wreath for an elegant touch
    • An ornament wreath for a fun flair

    Stay tuned for our next piece on holiday tips for inside the house!

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    Josh Mente

    Real Estate Leader Josh Mente, is a founding member and owner of The MD Home Team of Keller Williams Excellence, and is responsible for business administration and marketing for the firm. Josh’s career path began in 1998 as a loan officer for Eastern Savings Bank, where he managed national accounts. He later joined Option One Mortgage originating more than 500 transactions per year valued at $100M+ in sales. In 2006, Mente shifted his expertise to real estate sales, gained his license and focused on buy/fix/sell transactions. Josh is a member of Elite Real Estate Network (ERN), the 2009 Rookie of the Year for Long and Foster corporate, and in 2012 ranked 206 and 2013 ranked 234 in Real Trends of the Wall Street Journal, ranking in the top 250 agents nationwide for all brokerages. From any early age, Josh was introverted and worked hard to overcome a fears of sales - a business that doesn't lend itself well to introverted people. When challenged by a manager that he didn’t have what it took for a specific job, Josh pushed forward and won approval in his new position. That was a pivotal moment that set the pace for his success in real estate sales. Having earned an AA degree from Montgomery College in business administration in 1995 and a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Towson University in Mass Communications 1997, Josh married his college sweetheart Melinda and they now have three wonderful daughters that provide the opportunity to watch them grow up and experience things for the first time. A committed sports fanatic, Josh spends time on the golf course, and follows the Ravens and Orioles as a season ticket holder. He is a part owner of two restaurants in Manhattan, enjoys music and time away with the family at their beach house in Rehoboth, DE. He hopes to find time for his hobbies that include building furniture, playing guitar, learning Spanish and flying planes.

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