by Jamie Schultz
Once the last bite of Thanksgiving pie is gobbled up, it’s time to untangle the outdoor light strands and start designing. Decking the exterior of your home with sparkling lights seems to ring in cheer all season long. And installing them properly and safely boosts standard cheer status to straight-up jolly.
We’ve got the tips and tricks you need to hang your lights carefully, without damaging your home’s siding and trim — it’s enough to make even a humbug light up. Be sure to also explore these outdoor decoration ideas from a design expert.
Safety is always a must
When you’re up on a ladder, walking on your roof and working with electricity, you could be dealing with a triple threat. Instead of pulling a lampoon moment, amp up your safety smarts.
The holidays may get you in the mood to sport your favorite holiday sweater and gloves, just be sure they fit properly so you don’t get snagged on parts of the roof or siding that may jut out. Tip: Also, wear a pair of safety glasses or sunglasses to protect those peepers.
Start the light-hanging project with someone home or nearby, after all, you never know when you may need another hand. And this year, when hanging lights and holiday decorations on your home’s exterior, avoid nails, staples and glue—this can easily damage your siding and trim. Tip: Seek out the damage-free clips made for outdoor use.
Once you’ve hung your lights, plugged in the last strand, and your neighbors are coveting the radiant sparkle from their windows, stand back and pat yourself on the back. You completed a could-be precarious project with ease—you and your siding are unharmed and can bask in the afterglow. Looks like it’s now time for the brightest season of the year.