(WXYZ) — This time of year is all about dressing up the home in time for Saint Nick to make an appearance. That being said, you want to make sure to keep the integrity of your home without creating holes or dents.
The following is a guide from Window World to make sure your home stays intact after the holiday season is over.
- Don’t Gut Your Gutters – Ditch the drill and hang outdoor lights from adhesive clips, shingle tabs or gutter hooks. Adhesive clips work on smooth surfaces, like vinyl siding. Shingle tabs help position lights on top of your roof. Tip: You can get “S” – shaped gutter hooks at a home improvement store. Press the top half into the hooker and string lights around the bottom half.
- Ornaments Are for Windows, Too! – Grab some colorful ornaments and ribbon. Tie one ribbon to one ornament and hang three or four of them in varying lengths from your curtain rods. Tip: Use plastic ornaments to avoid scratching your windows.
- Light Up Your Windows – Place battery-powered or LED candlesticks or menorahs on your windowsills. If you do want to use a real flame, make sure to keep them far away from drapes or curtains. Tip: Check for drafts that could fuel a flame by running your hand along the sides of your windows and feeling for air.
- Don’t Wrestle with a Wreath – You don’t need a hammer to hang a wreath on your door. Simply place a strong adhesive hook on the inside and tie twine around it. Then hang the twine over the door, tie it around the wreath, and voila! A damage-free door! Tip: While you’re at it, check the weatherstripping around your door to make sure you don’t have any drafts that can suck the warm air out of your home
- Bring the Stars Inside – Adhere festive star stickers to your windows to add some sparkle to your home. Versions of these can be found at many retailers and at various price points. Tip: Clean your windows before placing the adhesives on the glass. Use a coffee filter to ensure it is streak-free for your display.
- Make It Green – Hanging a few pieces of greenery brings the scent and look of the outdoors into your home without the chill. Plants also help humidify a room during the dry, cool months. Tip: Many plants are sensitive to cold air, so you’ll want to make sure your windows are keeping them (and you) warm and toasty! Consider installing double- or triple-pane windows that have high-performance glass. The air, or in some cases gas, in between the windowpanes acts as extra insulation.